By: Perri Potigian, Staff writer
December 15, 2006
As Walter Scott, '08, center, takes the stand, Judge Jimmy Brown, '07, right, prepares the jury to hear his testimony. Scott's charge? Car theft. He pleads innocent of all charges as he attempts to prove that he was framed by none other than Jason Harris, '07, (not pictured).
"I needed to show that Harris' character was more likely than me to steal that car," Scott said. "My lawyer and I used whatever we could to disprove his claims were false and cast doubt in the jury's minds. This was a lot of fun."
Though only a mock trial, Robert Foshee's civics class is assigned to treat it as a serious court appointment. Students' grades depend upon the effort each puts into making the trial as genuine as possible.
The mock trial took place Nov. 11-13, with both the prosecution and the defense fighting to convince the jury of their arguments. The purpose of the trial was to educate the students about the court process and, by the trial's conclusion, it had done just that.