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2005 YMCA Mock Trial Competition March 18-20March 16, 2005
The competition will pit 20 high school teams from around the state against each other in the fictitious murder trial — “State of Washington v. Whislea Dwight” — in which a magician is put on trial for the 5-year-old unsolved murder of a street performer. The case was written by King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, who serves as the state Mock Trial Program Chair. The students engage in four rounds of competition, serving alternately as prosecution and defense in the mock trials, before the top two teams compete for the championship on Sunday at 11:30 a.m. with Washington Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson presiding.
The competition begins with Round 1 at Friday at the Thurston County Courthouse,
Teams that have reached the final round are from high schools in King County (Franklin, Seattle Prep, University Prep, Seattle Academy); Clark County (Fort Vancouver – two teams, Hudson’s Bay, Camas, Ridgefield); Benton/Franklin (Tri Cities Prep, Richland, Southridge); Kitsap (Central Kitsap); Spokane (University, River Academy); Pierce (Meadowd
The YMCA Mock Trial competition is part of the YMCA’s Youth & Government program, which for 50 years has helped students experience democracy in action. Mock Trial allows students to participate in true-to-life courtroom drama before real judges in real courtrooms, gaining an understanding of the law and the role of the judiciary.
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