Mock Trial 2016– Photos and Review

Nyssa L. and Ethan B. go free!

Nyssa, accused of killing her Humanities Teacher with a Pokemon Ball and a candlestick, has been acquitted. The prosecution called Detective Billy W., who made clear connections between the forensic evidence found at the crime scene (including Nyssa’s fingerprints and blood type), presented evidence that Nyssa was failing Humanities — a logical motive for murder, and established Nyssa’s history of feuding with her teachers, including P.E. teacher Ms. Raven D. Unfortunately, however, they failed to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. The defense relied heavily on testimony from Dr. Aidan S., a recently-published paranormal expert / author, who suggested that dormant spirits in the sacristy were the likely culprits, having been awakened from their slumber by Nyssa and Mei-lin’s Pokemon adventure. The defense also cast doubt on Detective W.’s competence, and called Sofie, who testified to Nyssa’s empathy and compassion for her friends.

 

Ethan B., owner of online shoe store Hugo Got Hype, has recently been acquitted of killing Bobby Sheldon. Mr. B. was accused of stabbing Sheldon and carving a “V” into his forehead for loyalty pledge he’d made when purchasing the shoes. The prosecution made a strong case with all the forensic evidence at the scene of the crime leading to Ethan including Ethan’s blood type, fingerprints, and shoe prints at the scene. Yet, they failed to prove Ethan guilty beyond reasonable doubt due to lack of motive. The main witness for the prosecution, Simon J., had an equal motive and was not investigated thoroughly enough. The defense relied heavily on the fact that no other suspects were considered, and the lack of clear motive, to win the case.

 

Leading up to the trials, 8th grade students studied the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights. They attended Law School in a Day with Mr. Guadagno, learned about the intersection of the Bill of Rights and police work / crime scene investigation, and analyzed forensic evidence in their science classes.

 

See below, photos of our crime scenes, our visits from Sergeant Lang and Detective Biggs from SPD, and our trials.

 

CSI: Villa
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Sergeant Lang and Detective Biggs (and Watson, the dog)
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The State vs. Nyssa L.
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The State vs. Ethan B.
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