It’s a long way from the top, as Hosni Mubarak can tell you. The deposed and ailing 83-year-old dictator appeared lying in a hospital bed and inside a cage of mesh and metal bars at today’s court proceedings. Mubarak is on trial on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the mass uprising that ended his 29-year rule in February. Mubarak was accompanied by his sons Alaa and Gamal, also facing charges. The historic trial is being broadcast on Egyptian television.