Mock trial loses defense, await prosecution

Mock trial loses defense, await prosecution

Jessica Abt and Grace Esposito

Baldwin’s mock trial team may have lost the defense portion of its case, but the team still has a chance at redemption when the competition moves on to the prosecution.

The defense team for mock trial lost its competition against Pine-Richland’s prosecution team last week. Baldwin’s prosecution team had been scheduled to compete on Wednesday night, but it was canceled due to weather. The new date has not been scheduled yet.

In mock trial, both Baldwin teams focus on the same fictional case. This year, the case is Silva vs. Tiger Tail Technologies, which involves an employee who was fired after reporting a possible bribe while on a business trip.

Baldwin’s defense team claimed the employee had been wrongfully terminated. The defense team put up a good argument, but the prosecution ultimately won, junior Cassidy Harms said.

Senior Claire Plunkett, an attorney for Baldwin’s defense team, did especially well, according to Harms and sophomore Abby Fowler.

“Plunkett delivered well and had a very strong closing,” Fowler said.

This experience can give students a good idea of how a real case might be handled and how it can feel to be on the witness stand or being a lawyer, Harms said.  

“It can be very tough and nerve wracking… the other side was very intimidating,” Harms said.