Bethany Lutheran Students Conduct Fake Murder Trial
The defendant is Chris Archer. He's a fraternity president... and murder suspect.
The prosecution will try to prove that Chris pushed a girl off the ledge of a clock tower on purpose during a night of drunken hazing.
One of the witnesses gave stunning testimony: “I saw Chris Archer take her shoulders and push her off the bell tower!”
Of course this is not a real trial, but a simulation for law students at Bethany Lutheran College.
These legal eagles in training got a taste of real world litigation, not in a classroom, but in a real courtroom at the Blue Earth County District Court.
Professor Sarah Edwards, head of the legal studies department, said: "Students are already kind of thinking real world. Like, what if we’re not prepared for this, or if we blow it people could go to jail. And so I think it really is a very effective way of learning about the law and learning whether or not this is something you could do on a daily basis."
Students created extensive background stories for the mock trial. They made sure that this was no open–and–shut case.
Ryana Sadaka, who played the part of a prosecutor for the State of Minnesota, said: "We feel pretty positive about or defense today. So I think we can win this."
Having the mock trial in an actual courtroom with a practicing attorney presiding as judge gave more authenticity to the experience.
Sadaka also added: "It’s pretty cool. It definitely adds up our nerve system. So we’re all pretty nervous."