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2004 Mock Trial ChampionshipsMarch 23, 2004
Is the Patriot Act Unconstitutional?
High School Students Put Law on Trial at Mock Trial Championships
Volunteer judges from throughout the state will preside over trials argued by more than 300 high school students regarding the constitutionality of the U.S. Patriot Act during the 2004 YMCA Youth and Government Mock Trial State Finals competition this weekend in
The Mock Trial competition begins at Friday, March 26, in the Thurston County Courthouse. Team registration begins at 4:45 p.m. Teams from 20 high schools will argue a fictional lawsuit in which three groups say their privacy rights have been violated by a local sheriff, who is using the Patriot Act to surreptitiously gather information. The lawsuit alleges the Patriot Act unconstitutionally allows the violation of their First Amendment rights. Student ‘attorneys’ and witnesses will argue both sides of the lawsuit, earning points from volunteer raters.
Retired Washington Supreme Court Justice Robert Utter will preside over Sunday’s championship round. The state Mock Trial championship team will advance to the national competition in
The five trial rounds of the competition are scheduled for:
· Friday, March 26,
· Saturday, March 27, ; ;
· Sunday (championship), March 28,
High schools with teams that have advanced to the Mock Trial Finals include:
· Pierce/Thurston counties —
· Clallam/Jefferson counties —
· Franklin/Benton counties — Richland High School, Tri-Cities Preparatory School, Kennewick High School, Southridge High School.
The competition is part of the YMCA's Youth and Government program. Co-sponsors include the Administrative Office of the Courts, the
PROGRAM CONTACTS: Judge William Downing, YMCA Mock Trial Program Chair 206- 296-9362, or Kelley Flynn, YMCA Mock Trial Coordinator, 360-357-3475.
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