Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Mock Jury Determines Wicked Stepmother Owes Cinderella Back Wages
Bankruptcy Judge Christopher S. Latham hosted 65 students in the Southern District of California for a civil mock trial to determine if Zelda Tremaine, aka the wicked stepmother, owed Princess Ella, more commonly referred to as "Cinder"ella, back wages for the years of services rendered to her "wicked stepmother and stepsisters." The 5th grade students took on all the roles for the mock trial and then four separate juries deliberated the merits of the case. After completion of the mock trial, deputy U.S. marshals gave the students a glimpse into the life of a federal law enforcement officer. Finally, the students watched a demonstration by two explosives detecting canines and their handlers. One teacher commented that she really felt that this experience created a spark in some of her students that could last a lifetime.