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Mock Trials Cases

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Grades 6-12

 
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Mock Trials take students to the heart of the justice system. Students acquire critical-thinking skills and an in-depth understanding of our judicial process as they study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and role play the trial. Each Mock Trial packet includes a hypothetical case, witness statements, legal authorities, trial instructions, and procedural guidelines. It also includes a pretrial motion, designed to deepen student understanding of constitutional issues related to criminal trials.

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awbrey_coverPeople v. Awbrey

Human Trafficking and False Imprisonment - Featuring a pretrial argument on the Fourth and Fifth Amendments

In the trial of Cameron Awbrey, a restaurant owner, who is being charged with human trafficking and false imprisonment of Lin Stark, an immigrant. The prosecution alleges that Cameron targeted Lin to cook at Cameron’s restaurant, with the intent to obtain forced labor by depriving Lin of Lin’s personal liberty. The defense argues that Cameron was a hardworking, novice business owner and a concerned employer who was making an effort to help Lin maintain Lin’s work visa. The pretrial issue involves the Fourth and Fifth Amendments, namely protection against illegal search and seizure and against self-incrimination.

People v. Awbrey, 80 pp. Price: $4.95 Qty:
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People v. Hayes

Jamie Hayes, a student at Central Coast University, faces a felony charge of murder for the homicide of a campus security guard. Hayes is raising the affirmative defense of defense of another in order to claim the homicide was justifiable. The prosecution alleges that Hayes struck the guard in the head with a baseball bat while the guard was lawfully restraining a fellow student. The defense argues that Hayes did strike the guard but had not formed the intent to commit a homicide. Pretrial issue: Statements made by Hayes during interrogation and the Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination

People v. Hayes, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:
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People v. Shem

Theft by larceny and consent to search
A graduate student in fine arts, defendant Evan Shem is a talented artist with a knack for recreating famous works of art. Shem is accused of stealing a painting from the art gallery where he interned and replacing it with a fake. Pretrial issue: Can Shem's roommate consent to the search of a storage cabinet located in an unattached parking carport or did the search violate the Fourth Amendment protection against unreasonable searches and seizures.

People v. Shem, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:
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People v. Concha

Second-degree murder and posession with intent to sell  a controlled substance.
Rae Concha, a high school student, is alleged to have sold controled substance to other students on campus, and in particular that he sold to Jason Johnson with full knowledge that Jason suffered from a congenital heart defect and that the substance would be dangerous to Johnson. Rae Conchat is charged with second-degree murder, which is the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought and with possession with the intent to sell a controlled substance.  Pretrial issue: Was there was a search or seizure and whether the search or seizure was reasonable.

People v. Concha, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:
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People v. Vega

Hit and run and custodial interrogation
Adrian Vega, an accomplished student athlete and child of the city’s mayor, is charged with felony hit and run following an accident. Police questioned Vega shortly after the accident without giving Miranda warnings. Police must issue these warnings to anyone in custody whom they question. Pretrial issue: Was the defendant in custody when questioned by the police?

People v. Vega, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:
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People v. Buschell

Murder and the right to bear arms
A college college student is found murdered at a festival’s campground, and police focus on a student rival who the murdered student was planning on reporting for violating the college’s honor code. When police make the arrest, the suspect is carrying a concealed weapon without a license. Pretrial issue: Is the state’s concealed carry statute constitutional?

People v. Buschell, 82 pp. Price: .95 Qty:
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People v. Woodson

Assault with a deadly weapon and free expression
A middle school student, new to town, is harassed at school and on the Internet. On the way home from school, the student is attacked from behind with a brick. Police arrest Jesse Woodson, a junior college student who had interned at the middle school for the attack and for violating an state law against bullying and cyberbullying. Pretrial issue: Is the anti-bullying law constitutional?

People v. Woodson, 80 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Bratton

Murder and search and seizure
When a celebrity blogger is found murdered in his driveway, police arrest a comedian who the blogger had harshly criticized. Pretrial issue: Was the police’s search of the defendant’s computer within the scope of the warrant?

People v. Bratton, 80pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Lane

Arson and free expression
A religious group buys land and stirs controversy in a small tourist town. Following a rally protesting the group’s presence in the community, a fire breaks out destroying the group’s community center. The leader of the protest rally is arrested for arson and incitement to commit an illegal act. Pretrial issue: Is the defendant’s song and conduct at the rally protected by the First Amendment?


People v. Lane, 80 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Palmer

Murder and scientific evidence
The day after a party, notorious Hollywood producer Jes Markson is found dead. Markson had been making a comeback after being found not guilty of murdering Taylor Rodriguez, Markson’s spouse. Markson’s former friend Alex Palmer is charged with firstdegree murder. Pretrial issue: Does a new “memory mapping” test meet the criteria to have its results admitted as scientific evidence?

People v. Palmer, 80 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Campbell

Attempted school bombing and free expression
Police discovered a time bomb in a trash can near a high school’s lunch area. A student is charged with attempting to explode the device and possession of an illegal violent video game. Pretrial issue: Does the state’s law against violent video games violate the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution?

 

People v. Campbell, 80 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Markson

Murder and search and seizure
When the body of a Hollywood star is found, the spouse is charged with first-degree murder. Pretrial issues: Did the defendant's consent to a search allow police to search a storage room?

People v. Markson, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Kendall

Manslaughter, Illegal Contest of Speed, and Freedom of Speech and Association
A college student is accused of participating in a drag race that caused the death of another racer. Pretrial issue: Does the city's anti-drag racing club ordinance violate the First Amendment? 

People v. Kendall, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Casco

Credit Card Fraud
A student is accused of buying items using other people's credit card information and of selling the items to other students. Pretrial issue: Was a drug-dog search at school, which uncovered information from the defendant, constitutional?  

People v. Casco, 64 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Martin

Murder and self-incrimination
An honor student, involved in a cheating scandal, is accused of murdering a student who discovered the cheating and threatened to report it to the school. Pretrial issue: Did the police violate the defendant's Fifth Amendment rights?

People v. Martin, 64 pp Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Price

Arson and search and seizure A fire destroys a ski resort that was planning to expand into a wilderness area. An opponent of the expansion is arrested and charges with arson. Pretrial issue: Was a search of the defendant’s truck constitutional?

People v. Price, 58 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Tanner

Homicide and memory reliability
A young adult’s 20-year-old memory of a sibling’s death sparks a police investigation leading to a murder charge. Pretrial issue: Should evidence of other violence be excluded because it is irrelevant and highly prejudicial?

People v. Tanner, 84 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Brunetti

Homicide, conspiracy, the right to bear arms
Two students die in a schoolyard shooting —the victim and shooter. Police arrest the owner of the murder weapon. Pretrial issue: Is a statute regulating possession of assault weapons constitutional?

People v. Brunetti, 74 pp. Price: .95 Qty:

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People v. Donovan (E-Book)
Involuntary manslaughter, removal of traffic sign, and the protection against self-incrimination
A fatal traffic accident occurs on a highway due to the theft of a “Do Not Enter” sign. Police arrest a college student, who makes incriminating statements following the postponement of a pretrial hearing. In a pretrial motion, students argue whether the incriminating statements are admissible in court.

People v. Donovan, E-Book, 64pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Caufield (E-Book)
Carjacking, three strikes, and due process
Following a carjacking, police locate the stolen car and arrest a suspect in a nearby house. Pretrial issue: Can a prior conviction be used at trial?

People v. Caufield, E-Book, 82 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Clevenger (E-Book)
Vandalism, computer crimes, search and seizure
Police arrest an honor student for vandalizing a school’s computer room and altering records. Pretrial issue: Was a search of the student’s locker legal?

People v. Clevenger, E-Book, 76 pp., Price: .95 Qty:



People v. Kelmar (E-Book)
Youth violence, homicide, and privacy
When a high school senior shoots a fellow student and claims self-defense, a psychotherapist’s testimony becomes critical. In a pretrial motion, students argue whether the admission of such testimony violates the psychotherapist-patient privilege. Then at trial they examine the battered person syndrome and imperfect self-defense.

People v. Kelmar, E-Book, 78 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Whitman (E-Book)
Child abduction, grant theft, and self-incrimination
When a young child is taken from a park, the non-custodial parent is charged with child abduction. In a pretrial motion, students argue whether the defendant’s Miranda rights were violated.

People v. Whitman, E-Book, 80 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Stover (E-Book)
Use of force, free expression, and hate crimes
This case involves a private security guard whose actions during an alleged break-in raises issues about the use of force, freedom of expression, and the elements of a hate crime. In a pretrial motion, students argue the constitutionality of a community ordinance governing racist expression.

People v. Stover, E-Book, 73 pp.,Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Mitchell (E-Book)
Alcohol abuse, responsible driving, and the exclusionary rule
A traffic accident results in charges of driving under the influence and felony hit-and-run. A pretrial motion addresses the constitutionality of a graphic stop based on police profile of a drunk driver.

People v. Mitchell, E-Book, 80 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Haines (E-Book)
Gun control and homicide
Charges of possession of an unregistered assault weapon and voluntary manslaughter raises questions about reasonable fear and the right of self-defense. In a pretrial motion, students argue the constitutionality of a statue regulating possession of assault weapons.

People v. Haines, E-Book, 75 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Friendly (E-Book)
Property, police, and privacy
The facts of this case revolve around charges of receiving stolen property and the battery of a police officer. Based on the Fourth and 14th amendments, students argue a pretrial motion to suppress evidence found during a police search of a residence.

People v. Friendly, E-Book, 64 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Coronel (E-Book)
Assault, state authority, and treaty rights
Set during the California gold rush, this case involves a charge of assault with a deadly weapon. A pretrial motion deals with the rights of a Mexican miner as  detailed in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, signed by President Polk in 1848.

People v. Coronel, E-Book, 64 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Dennis (E-Book)
School vandalism, computer crime, and privacy
Charges of vandalism and a computer crime raises issues of student rights. A pretrial motion applies the Fourth Amendment to a locker search.

People v. Dennis, E-Book, 64 pp.,Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Willow (E-Book)
Issues of free expression and drug use
The distribution of an alternative newspaper and an exchange in a parking lot lead to charges of selling drugs and inducing a minor to take drugs. In a pretrial motion based on the First and 14th amedments, students argue whether speech and printed material praising crack cocaine are constitutionally protected.

People v. Willow, E-Book, 64 pp., Price: .95 Qty:


People v. Rose (E-Book)
Poisoning, assault with a deadly weapon, and search and seizure
After two students are poisoned at a high school club initiation, police arrest a member of the “pledge class” who seems to have a motive of revenge for hazing and blackballing. Pretrial issues: Were the search of the student’s computer and seizure of computer files legal?

People v. Rose, E-Book, 79 pp., Price: .95 Qty:  

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Jamie Hayes, a student at Central Coast University on a track and field scholarship, faces a felony charge of murder for the homicide of a campus security guard. Hayes is raising the affirmative defense of defense of another in order to claim the homicide was justifiable. 
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