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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Second adolesence

Well, it's like high school debate season all over again--just compressed into a few weeks, and with alot of drama club thrown in to boot. Just as we got back from Chicago, where we tried a fake personal injury case, it's already time for oral arguments in front of a fake US Supreme Court--complete with characters from Cheers. Here's the upshot:

Carla Tortelli shot Cliff Clavin while he was delivering mail (with Lilith Stern being the only witness). When she was arrested, she was carrying marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At trial, her pre-arrest silence in response to police questioning was used as evidence of guilt, leading to a unanimous guilty verdict (despite a spirited defense by Frasier Crane). The federal judge, Norm Peterson, handed down the sentence, which was later affirmed by Circuit Court Judge Ernie (Coach) Pantusso.

Final round's tomorrow--my partner and I are arguing for the United States to uphold the sentence. [Howard Cosell voce] Alan Dershowitz, you've got yourself some competition.


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