This past Friday, some members of our home-school group headed up to a law school in Stockton. A mock trial had been put together and the participants were nervous! Well–at least I was. I was the head defense attorney, and the other defense attorneys with me were Zach Kolej, and and Emily Courtney. We were defending who? *Drum-Roll* Peter Pan! He was accused of kidnapping the Darling children one night, but the defense had evidence that Peter Pan was indeed, NOT guilty!
As the trial began to take place, the jury filed into the room, and the judge took his seat at the head of the room. While the jury, defense, prosecution, witnesses, ballif, and court clerk were all part the home-school group, the judge was not. An audience of parents and friends were gathered together to watch the trial take place. The judge then began speaking, the defense and prosecution introduced themselves, and the lead attorney of the prosecution was then asked to give his opening statement. Following immediatley after the opening statement of the prosecution, I gave an opening statement for the defense. I don’t think I stumbled over my lines, (I was reading them since I didn’t memorize them) and I tried to read loud and clear. Once I got through that, the prosecution called their first witness to the stand, and questioning and cross examination began.
On my part, I made an objection once, which was sustainted, cross examined the arresting officer, and called Peter Pan to the stand to question him. After all of the questioning and cross examination was over, closing statements were given by Sarah Courtney (prosecution) and Zach Kolej (defense.) The judge made a brief statement to the Jury, reviewing the charges and then instructing them to the jury room to decide their verdict. All the lawyers took a 15 minute break while this was going on, and a refreshment room had been prepared for us—Thank God! The cookies were good. 😀
Everyone re-assembled into the court room. The jury filed back in. The atmosphere was tense, with people wondering, is he guilty, or not guilty? “Order in the court, all rise,” came the command. Everyone rose to their feet, and the judge asked to see the verdict before it was read.
“We find the accused, Peter Pan, not guilty of the charge of unlawfully taking Wendy, John, and Michael Darling to Neverland.”
YAAAAY! Defense had been successful! We had a little In N Out celebration later that night. 🙂
Here are some pics from the trial:
(L)-Me (R) Emily
Peter Pan in the stand
Defense closing statement
After the trial, the judge answered many questions, pointed some things out to everybody, and was very friendly and helpful. He seemed to be a good judge, and made the trial a big success.
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