“An officer shoots and kills a “person of interest” after a chase into a dark area and a police dog being found dead. Is it murder, manslaughter or self defense”
That question is what students from Sehome and Meridian high schools, as well as 20 other high school teams, will answer this weekend at the YMCA Mock Trial State Championship.
The mock trial program gives students a chance to take-part in a fictional trial. Students play all parts, including witnesses and lawyers, in four rounds of competition. Each team gets to tackle the case from the prosecution and defense sides; the top two teams compete for the championship on Sunday morning. (it will be televised on TVW)
Judges and attorneys from all over the state volunteer to grade students on their arguments and performances. Washington Supreme Court Chief Justice Debra Stephens will preside over the championship round on Sunday.
The state champion team will compete in the 2011 National Mock Trial Championship in Phoenix in May.