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By Joni Guhne and Joni Guhne,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 4, 2000
DESPITE HAVING a substitute coach, Broadneck High School defeated Baltimore City College last week by the narrow score of 55-53 to win a state championship. The coach was attorney Cynthia Ferris, master in chancery in Anne Arundel Circuit Court, and the playing field for Friday's match was Maryland's Court of Appeals. Broadneck won the state mock trial championship. Ferris, filling in for Brian McNamara as Broadneck's attorney-coach for a month, said she never dreamed how much she would enjoy the students and the case -- taking the defense in a trial involving unauthorized access to a computer system.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2010
A year ago, Vincent Hill was like many others in Nashville caught up in watching and reading news reports on the death of former Tennessee Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair. But as details emerged about what police called a murder-suicide that also took the life of McNair's 20-year-old mistress, Hill became suspicious. "There are too many coincidences in this case for it to be a murder-suicide," Hill, a former Nashville police officer, recalled thinking. There was the manner in which police say McNair was shot.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | May 6, 1994
Howard County District Judge James N. Vaughan hears scores of misdemeanor and traffic cases, and an occasional felony.Tomorrow, however, he will preside at the drunken driving "trial" of an adult Boy Scout leader in the Howard County Council chambers, before an audience of Boy Scouts.The mock trial is part of Law Awareness Day for the Boys Scouts in the National Pike District, which includes all of Howard County. The 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m event is intended to shed light on law enforcement and the justice system for an estimated 300 Scouts, ages 8 to 18.Though it may be only a mock trial, Judge Vaughan warns that he will treat the proceedings as if they were real -- and that the prosecution had better be on its toes.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | March 30, 2008
Imagine that you're trying to do the right thing - you see a driver behaving badly, so you speed up to try to read the car's license plate. But inadvertently, you squeeze another car off the road, injuring the passengers. Are you guilty of reckless driving and leaving the scene of the crime? That, in a nutshell, is the question that teams of Howard County high school students have been arguing during a series of mock trials held during the past several months. Students played the part of defense lawyers, prosecutors, witnesses and defendants, taking their cases to real courtrooms, where they played out the trial in front of real lawyers and judges.
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By The Arizona Republic | September 2, 1994
PHOENIX -- O. J. Simpson has already had a trial -- of sorts -- in Phoenix. The verdict was "not guilty."Mock jurors selected by a consulting firm -- apparently at the behest of the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office -- heard key details of the case against Mr. Simpson last month at a Phoenix hotel.With prosecutor Marcia Clark reportedly monitoring the proceedings from the next room, the majority of the 17 men and women concluded that the circumstantial evidence against Mr. Simpson wasn't enough to convict him of killing his former wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ronald L. Goldman.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1997
Glenelg High School's mock trial team -- 14 students who mimic a court case with lawyers and witnesses -- have won the first round in a statewide championship after defeating a private school from Anne Arundel County.After its victory Wednesday night, the team -- along with eight others from across the state -- will advance to regional contests later this month. The finals are scheduled in mid-May.The Glenelg students, the first in Howard County to go this far in the competition, put in more than 100 hours of practice since December, said coach Charlie Ashcraft.
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By Eric Siegel and Eric Siegel,Staff Writer | November 25, 1992
Twenty Canton Middle School students appeared in Baltimore Circuit Court yesterday -- not because they had committed any crimes, but to learn a lesson in tolerance.They wound up learning about history and the American legal system as well.The vehicle for their education was a mock trial before Judge Joseph H. H. Kaplan of Christopher Columbus on charges of genocide for the alleged systematic destruction of Indian tribes after he arrived in the Western Hemisphere half a millennium ago, seeking riches and converts to Christianity.
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By John Rivera | August 26, 1991
The familiar odor of hay and cow manure hung in the muggy air of the cow palace at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium yesterday, but some might say the real bull was on the other side of the fairgrounds.Under a large white tent, a stone's throw from the midway, the State Bar Association was staging a mock trial, complete with a real judge, lawyers for the plaintiff and defense, and "witnesses" to a pretend case.Listening to lawyers presenting their cases and questioning witnesses might seem to be an odd activity for a state fair, but more than 200 people sat still in the hot, humid air under the tent for the 1 1/2 hours it took to try the case, apparently engrossed in the proceedings.
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By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 14, 2001
Illegally dumped chemical waste, including the hazardous substance "methyl ethyl death," leaks where children play in the gunk. Monk Agricultural Chemical Co. (MACC), a global leader in the agricultural chemicals industry with an excellent record of corporate citizenship, has been charged with violating state environmental laws, and the case has gone to trial. One of many twists and turns in the case is that MACC had contracted out its waste disposal to the lowest bidder, now in bankruptcy, and had donated the land in question to an environmental group.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2010
A year ago, Vincent Hill was like many others in Nashville caught up in watching and reading news reports on the death of former Tennessee Titans and Ravens quarterback Steve McNair. But as details emerged about what police called a murder-suicide that also took the life of McNair's 20-year-old mistress, Hill became suspicious. "There are too many coincidences in this case for it to be a murder-suicide," Hill, a former Nashville police officer, recalled thinking. There was the manner in which police say McNair was shot.
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By Chris Emery and Chris Emery,sun reporter | December 18, 2006
King David, the second monarch of the Israelites and a hero of the Bible, was defiant during his trial in a Northwest Baltimore courtroom. Wearing a golden crown and facing charges of adultery, murder and coveting another man's wife, he maintained his innocence on all counts. "I was at my palace when he was killed," said David - being portrayed by Daniel Kirsch, a biblical scholar - when asked by the prosecuting attorney if he murdered the husband of a woman with whom he had had an affair.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 30, 2006
In a packed Annapolis courtroom Friday, Severna Park High School won the Maryland State Bar Association's 23rd annual high school mock trial competition. The teens successfully argued a fictional case against The Sun, represented by Park School of Baltimore. Judge Clayton Greene Jr., who sits on the state Court of Appeals and presided over the case, said the Severna Park team would have won if it had been presented to him in real life. "Your performance today was outstanding," he told all the competitors.
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By Stephanie Choy and Stephanie Choy,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2003
A case will be heard today in an Anne Arundel courthouse involving the wrongful death of a minor whose drink was spiked with Ecstasy at a party. Except the victim never died. Wendell vs. Vaccio, a trial featuring a student who put Ecstasy in a friend's drink at a party, is a case study being used this week in the finals of the Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition. The competition started in January with 1,800 students from 126 schools. This week, it was down to the final four: Mount Hebron High School in Howard County, Frederick High School in Frederick County, Elizabeth Seton High School in Prince George's County and Bishop Walsh High School in Allegheny County.
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By Lisa Goldberg and Lisa Goldberg,SUN STAFF | October 15, 2002
The crime was make-believe and the proceedings were rushed and incomplete, but for the six Russian judicial officials sitting in a Howard County jury box yesterday, the mock trial still offered an enlightening glimpse at the future. This bit of theater -- complete with lawyerly posturing and pacing, attacks on credibility and a judge who managed to stay above the fray -- was intended to give the Russians a chance to observe the workings of an American trial by jury as they prepare to launch their own jury system.
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By Betsy Diehl and Betsy Diehl,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 10, 2002
IT SEEMS the law finally caught up with Gold E. Locks, when a jury found the flaxen-haired porridge-pilferer guilty of trespassing. Nearly 60 people attended the mock trial of The Three Bears vs. Gold E. Locks, held Saturday at the Savage branch library. But they were not there because they were concerned about Gold E. Lock's fate or whether the bears would be compensated for damages. Spectators attended to learn about the judicial process and the workings of the courtroom. "It's a venue of public education for the basic knowledge of how the justice system works," said Diane Li, assistant branch manager for the library and coordinator of the program.
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By Peter Schmuck and By Peter Schmuck,SUN STAFF | August 29, 2001
It was the ultimate bad hair day at City Hall yesterday, when boxing promoter Don King took over the City Council chambers for an afternoon media event to kick off a five-city promotional tour for the Nov. 17 rematch between world heavyweight champion Hasim Rahman and former champ Lennox Lewis. King, dressed in judicial attire and sporting his trademark electrified hairdo, presided over a mock trial that allowed each fighter to state his case and present other witnesses in his behalf. Mayor Martin O'Malley acted as counsel for the (title)
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,special to the sun | March 30, 2008
Imagine that you're trying to do the right thing - you see a driver behaving badly, so you speed up to try to read the car's license plate. But inadvertently, you squeeze another car off the road, injuring the passengers. Are you guilty of reckless driving and leaving the scene of the crime? That, in a nutshell, is the question that teams of Howard County high school students have been arguing during a series of mock trials held during the past several months. Students played the part of defense lawyers, prosecutors, witnesses and defendants, taking their cases to real courtrooms, where they played out the trial in front of real lawyers and judges.
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By Dennis O'Brien and Dennis O'Brien,SUN STAFF | April 11, 1997
Maryland's judges put on 3-D glasses yesterday for a light-hearted look at future justice -- and it came flying at them in an orange hologram.The judges, meeting as part of a two-day annual Maryland Judicial Conference at the Sheraton Baltimore North in Towson, used the glasses to watch the conclusion of a mock trial deciding whether lawyers should be allowed to use computer enhanced photographs, videos and holograms to sway juries."
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By D. Ian Hopper | April 15, 2001
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - From a college in England, a barrister questions his star witness, an aging green-haired hippie whose answers are beamed across the globe from Australia. Jurors murmur with surprise as prosecutors re-create an in-flight jet collision with lifelike digital animation. And a judge supervises it all from Virginia - at times talking to a camera that transmits his image to the prosecutor across the ocean, watching on a monitor. The courtroom of the future - complete with two-way remote testimony, three-dimensional images of evidence and automatic speech transcription - had its first trial recently, albeit a mock one. The recent experiment from Courtroom 21 in this Colonial American town is getting positive reviews, despite a few technical glitches.
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By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 14, 2001
Illegally dumped chemical waste, including the hazardous substance "methyl ethyl death," leaks where children play in the gunk. Monk Agricultural Chemical Co. (MACC), a global leader in the agricultural chemicals industry with an excellent record of corporate citizenship, has been charged with violating state environmental laws, and the case has gone to trial. One of many twists and turns in the case is that MACC had contracted out its waste disposal to the lowest bidder, now in bankruptcy, and had donated the land in question to an environmental group.
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