(Riverton, Wyo.) – Riveton High’s School Resource Officer Charlie Marshall also teaches an Introduction to Criminal Justice Class, the culmination of which is a mock trial.
The trial was held last week in the Riverton Municipal Courtroom. It was an all-day affair.
“It’s something we do each year at the end of the spring semester. We have a scenario in our text book that we use, and before the trial the kids study court procedures and the scenario,” he said.
This year the scenario was a homicide that sprung from an underage drinking party when one of the party goers was hit over the head with a bottle. In revenge according to the mock scenario the boy grabs a shotgun which he doesn’t know how to operate and asks his girlfriend to drive him to find the alleged attacker. She panics, swerves the car, the gun goes off and kills the girl who is standing alongside the highway.
“The prosecuting attorney attempted to get a conviction on second degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. The defense was trying to get the defendant acquitted saying it was an accident,” Marshall said. “Ultimately, the jury came back and ruled for the prosecution on the involuntary manslaughter charge”
The cast included:
Judge, Blade McCoy
Prosecuting Attorneys: Tenikah Dolbow, Endaka Blueford and Tyson Tynsky
Defense Attorneys: Baily Broadbent and Tristan Miller
Defendant: Tanny Frymeier
Jury: Six students from the class
Other students served in the gallery.
“We took some recesses during the day to talk about the court processes, what is allowed and what is not. We had about a week and a half to go over the case, rules and evidence and such,” Marshall said. “It was a pretty fun deal, the kids get a lot out of it. I brings a sense of reality and how juries can think differently than the attorneys.”
There are 20 students in the class.