Guilty As Charged is a comic story written by Paul Halas and draswn by Miguel Fernandez Martinez. It features Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck, Gyro Gearloose, the Little Helper and Grasper Gribley. An imaginary mental image of Napoléon Bonaparte is seen.
An old tramp called Grasper Gribley comes across Scrooge McDuck in the street and begins to accuse him of having ruined him by sabotaging his diamond mind. These accusations send Scrooge into a state of shock. Using Gyro Gearloose's latest invention (a way to enter the subconscious mind of someone), Donald and Co. find themselves in the siege of Scrooge's conscience (a heavenly court of historical characters), arguing that Scrooge wasn't to blame for Gribley's lost.
Behind the scenes
This story was first printed in August of 2004 in the German Lustiges Taschenbuch #328. It was printed in English in Uncle Scrooge #366, in a version translated by Travis Seitler.
For the plot device of a bumbling "heavenly court" composed of historical characters, in a cloudy heaven that may or may not exist only in the protagonist's imagination, is a clear nod to the climax of the famous Michael Powell film A Matter of Life and Death (1946), which is coincidentally known to have inspired Don Rosa for his treatment of the McDucks' afterlife in The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck.