New London team takes on homicide case
The New London High School Mock Trial team traveled to the Brown County Courthouse in Green Bay to participate in the regional Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Tournament on Feb. 11.
Mock Trial teams around the state were given a hypothetical case, prepared by the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Mock Trial Writers Committee, in late October. This year’s case involved a first-degree reckless homicide related to an accidental overdose.
After reviewing the case, students chose to take on roles as either defense or prosecution attorneys or defense or prosecution witnesses.
Students worked with returning Mock Trial coaches Kristin Dalen-Bard and Mary Dickrell, along with this year’s new attorney coach Hans Thompson of Sweeney Law Office to prepare their sides of the case.
At the regional tournament, teams from different school districts are randomly assigned to present either their prosecution or defense side of the case. The case is tried in front of a presiding judge who moves the case along and rules on objections.
The judge and attorneys then evaluate the teams on their demonstrated knowledge of legal rules and presentation skills rather than on the merits of the case.
New London Mock Trial members included: Alex Willner, Jacob Rohan and Kameo Delzer (as prosecution attorneys), Grayson Kluever, Myah Henderson, and Jylesa Moore (as prosecution witnesses), Casey Rottier, Megan Thurk and Yecenia Hernandez (as defense attorneys), and Iris Renner, Jordyn Vanevenhoven and Mariah Herter (as defense witnesses).