PHOTO BY SARAH CHUN
By JUSTIN YEH
Mock Trial faced La Salle HS in round one of the Constitutional Rights Foundation’s Fortieth Annual Los Angeles County Mock Trial Competition at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Thursday, Nov. 2.
During the fictional murder trial, People v. Davidson, students acted out their roles as either a prosecution attorney or witness. Prosecution successfully convinced the court that the defendant, Casey Davidson, murdered a white nationalist, Alex Thompson. As prosecution performed, two scoring attorneys judged the performance.
Mock Trial advisor Courtney Bushyeager feels confident that the team did its best to score as high as possible.
“I think everyone was confident when presenting their very convincing arguments,” Bushyeager said. “[Next trial], I hope to see the attorneys [maintain] the same level of [professionalism] and the witnesses give even more compelling answers.”
While co-captain senior Georgiana Soo is pleased with the team’s overall performance, she believes that members could improve on focusing more during practice.
“This year, we do not have an attorney advisor and are mainly student-run, so it is more [important] than ever that we keep discipline during practice,” Soo said. “[That being said], I was [impressed] by how well the witnesses knew their testimonies, and I am pleased with our win.”
As a first year member, witness sophomore Yolanda Chen hopes to continue improving her confidence in the years to come.
“This round, I was the first witness [on stand], so I was really nervous,” Chen said. “But I felt like I went too easy on the opposing side, since I could have been a lot harsher, so I will work on being more confident next time.”
Mock Trial’s second round of competition will be at the Stanley Mosk Courthouse on Nov. 9.