Mock Trial Team Competes at Notre Dame

April 13, 2010

Mount Union College students recently participated in the American Mock Trial Association Regional Tournament at Notre Dame.

Nine students and Angela Smith-Alder, assistant professor of sociology and director of the pre-law program, formed the Mount Union Team. Mount Union was pitted against 32 other teams in the weekend long competition.

'Our team did really well because they had really tough competition'competition was at a high level this year,' said Smith-Alder.

This year's case concerned the robbery of a corner store and the teenagers that allegedly committed the robbery. An off-duty policeman came to the scene, saw a boy that matched the teenager's description and shot the teenager in the side. The boy was hospitalized and soon fell into a coma. Shortly after the incident the policeman committed suicide. The teenager's family filed a suit against the police department to protect their son's constitutional right to due process of law.

The students participating in this event were Bill Bartos, a senior political science major; Nicole Schaefer, a junior political science major; Nicole Quinn, a senior political science major; Jessica Murphy, a senior political science and sociology major; Alex Darr, a senior political science major; John Highman, a senior political science major; Lisa Sas, a senior Spanish and political science major; Diana Prulhiere, a senior chemistry major; and MaryEllen Ditchey, a junior political science major.

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