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March 14, 2010 | By Valerie J. Nelson
Frustrated by America's collective ignorance of the Bill of Rights, a group of lawyers founded the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles to try to do something about it. They made an early move they quickly considered brilliant: hiring Vivian Monroe as the group's founding director in 1962. Invariably described as persistent and tenacious, she transformed the foundation into a well-funded enterprise. It soon expanded beyond its initial mission of improving young people's understanding of the Constitution to staging law-related programs such as Mock Trial.
June 30, 2007 | Carla Rivera, Times Staff Writer
Is Jesse Sunderson guilty of exploding a firecracker in his school locker after he was suspended from his soccer team, or is he a good kid who was framed by other students bent on revenge? That was the question posed to a jury of civic leaders at a federal courthouse Thursday during a mock trial in which middle school students from the tough Rampart district took on the roles of prosecutors and defense attorneys.
November 6, 2004 | Jeff Benedict and Steve Henson, Special to The Times
Fourteen months after she accused Kobe Bryant of raping her, a young Colorado woman sat on the witness stand testifying about the encounter, answering probing personal questions and trying to explain sketchy details. But the scene did not play out in this tiny mountain community, where the national media already were gathering to cover the trial.
Wearing a frayed, over sized sailor's hat, her round face flushed with anticipation, Betty Lee Silverstein of Roanoke, Va., settles into her cabin and resumes watching The Trial. She had to leave off long enough to travel from her home to the dock in San Pedro and to pass through customs. But now that she's tuned in again, nothing--nothing!--is going to interrupt her. Not Kathie Lee Gifford singing, "If They Could See You Now." Not the ship setting sail.
July 18, 1986 | From Associated Press
A British television company plans to broadcast a mock trial of Lee Harvey Oswald in the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The production will feature some people actually involved in the case. Andy Jackson, a spokesman for London Weekend Television, said negotiations were under way with some witnesses who testified before the Warren Commission, which investigated the 1963 assassination in Dallas. He said Oswald will be represented by an empty chair.
April 20, 1990
As part of an "alternative transportation day" at the Oakland offices of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, an automobile was put on trial for contributing to the world's environmental ills. More than 200 cheering onlookers, including BART employees, attended the mock trial. After the car was found "guilty" of polluting and clogging up the freeways, bystanders took turns carrying out the sentence by smashing the vehicle with sledgehammers.
July 17, 1988
"School reform . . . school financing . . . special commissions . . . school performance and efficiency" . . . You've got to be kidding. The answer to the problem of school financing in California is quite simple, but no one --from Gov. George Deukmejian to state School Supt. Bill Honig on down to the local high school principal--will ever consider such a move: Transfer 50% of all money spent on school sports to the support of academic programs. The school district for which I work does not pay academic coaches.
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