Although members of the Hudson High School Mock Trial team are proud of their recent regional accomplishments, they are determined to make it to state next year. "We have a young team," said coach and defense attorney Sarah Hulburt. "Now we know what to do to get to state." Only one member of the team is a senior, so to prepare the team for next year, they will conduct a criminal trial in front of Summit County Court of Common Pleas Judge Alison McCarty June 8 in the Summit County Courthouse on High Street in Akron. The attorneys and witnesses will be portrayed by members of the mock trial team, and a University of Akron detective will provide information about the case.
"Like a battle, a trial is fought, in the hallowed halls of a courthouse. Like a warrior, a lawyer exercises her own physical and mental preparation. And like a champion, the winner takes all - sometimes life itself.
Trials date back as far as mankind has known conflict. Images of the great philosopher and lawyer Cicero arguing in capital trials to hundreds of citizens in the Quaestiones perpetuae ("standing jury courts") of Rome are evoked. As are bloody accounts of fierce Germanic warriors, “Sharing the Sun;” perpendicular to the sun so that neither has an advantage in trial by combat. King Charles VI authorized a judicial duel between Sir Jean de Carrouges and squire Jacques Le Gris over the alleged rape of Carrouges wife. As the Royal Court looked onward, Carrouges stabbed his opponent in the throat with his dagger, claiming victory. A loss in these cases meant death."