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Moreau Catholic to represent County in State Championships
By Christine Kosmicki
-- For the past eight years, Moreau Catholic High School’s Mock Trial Team has participated in the Constitutional Rights Foundation mock trial program. High school teams assume the roles of defense and prosecution attorneys and witnesses and compete at county, state, and national levels. Students experience the roles and responsibilities of pre-trial attorneys, defense and prosecution attorneys, defense and prosecution witnesses, a court clerk and a bailiff. This year the team argued on the admissibility of a statement made by the defendant using Miranda v. Arizona and relevant Supreme Court cases.
Teacher-coaches Phil Wilder and Petar Zegura and attorney-coach, James B. Smith '97 mentored the Mock Trial Team on the law, the rules of evidence and the fact witness statements so that students could argue the case without notes.
After qualifying for the semi-final rounds for the first time in the school’s history, Moreau Catholic’s prosecution team argued the case against Piedmont High School with Superior Court Judge Lee presiding and four attorneys scoring. The final tabulations established another first as Moreau Catholic was selected to proceed to the finals.
Two nights later the Mariner prosecution team presented their case against the American High School defense team with Superior Court Judge Clay presiding and four attorneys scoring. After Judge Clay delivered a verdict of guilty against the defendant, the chamber awaited the results with great anticipation. Judge Clay announced the attorneys’ score: 335 for the Mariner prosecution team and 334 for the defense team! Mariners made history again; they will represent Alameda County in the State Championships in Riverside on March 22-24, 2013.