Friday, February 7, 2014

Judge Miller Hosts AP Government Students

On February 6, 2014, Senior District Judge Jeffrey Miller of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California gave 45 high school seniors a unique opportunity to get a glimpse inside a federal courtroom. The Advanced Placement Government students observed court proceedings for an hour and a half during which they watched the sentencing of a 19 year old caught importing methamphetamine, as well as several other defendants who committed border crimes.  Additionally, two women were brought before the court for revocation of supervised release charges.  The students gave their rapt attention as they witnessed defendants and others appear before the judge. Following a short break, a panel comprised of representatives from the U.S. Marshals, DEA, FBI, the Metropolitan Correction Center, U.S. Probation Office, the Office of the U.S. Attorney, the Office of the Federal Public Defender, and the Office of the Clerk all spoke to the students about their unique and important roles in the criminal justice and court system. They explained the educational  requirements for their jobs and discussed why they love their work. The students had an opportunity to ask questions of all the panel members including Judge Miller and came away with a greater appreciation for what it takes to be a federal law enforcement officer and district court employee.

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