Friday, May 3, 2013
U. S. District Court for the Southern District of California Invites 4 Graders to Participate in a Mock Trial
On May 3, 2013, Senior District Judge Irma Gonzalez welcomed 34 fourth grade students and some parents to the United States Disrict Court for the Southern District of California to participate in a mock trial involving two students accused of possessing fireworks with the intent to distribute. Assistant United States Attorney Jill Burkhardt and Leila Morgan of Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc., assisted Judge Gonzalez with the presentation. The students, ages 9-10, took on all the roles inculding judge and jury, defendants, attorneys and witnesses. They engaged in the mock trial very seriously and acted out their respective roles enthusiastically. Observers were particularly impressed by the way the students approached deliberations and discussed and debated the merits of the facts presented during the mock trial.