Cazenovia Mock Trial Team participants: First row, L to R: Sam Langan, Lauren Ginocchetti, Brendan Wells. Second row : Sophia Carroll, Maggie Jones, Phoebe Brackett
The Cazenovia High School Mock Trial team has advanced to the fourth round of competition after defeating Marcellus High School in the first sudden-death round.
The High School Mock Trial competition is a state-wide program run by the New York Bar Association, where high school teams argue legal cases and are judged on their persuasive arguments and command of legal procedure.
The competition was held Thursday, March 13, at Nottingham High School. Representing the People of the State of New York in this criminal case involving hydrofracking, the prosecution side was argued again by Lauren Ginocchetti, Sam Langan and Brendan Wells.
Cazenovia’s team demonstrated the greater grasp of the rules of evidence and had most of its objections sustained by volunteer judge Timothy Mulvey, a Syracuse general practice attorney. At one point a “giggle recess” was necessary when the student-witness from Marcellus was unable to remember where his character worked, which was the second question he was asked after his name. Cazenovia’s witnesses, Phoebe Brackett, Sophia Carroll and Maggie Jones demonstrated a much greater command of their characters’ fact patterns and had no such difficulty.
The next round will take place Thursday, March 20, where the team will represent the defendant and go up against Cortland High School.