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Delaware Docket Newsletter
Summer 2014

High School Students Try the Case of State of Delaware v. Cameron Paul

Mechanical failures can happen but when you have swindled your mechanic out of his savings, you may want to reconsider getting your car serviced there. Likewise, picking up your prescription medication from a pharmacist whose money was squandered in your Ponzi scheme may not be the wisest thing to do. In a plot worthy of an Agatha Christie murder-mystery, this year's High School Mock Trial competition tried the case of State of Delaware v. Cameron Paul on February 21-22, 2014. What caused the fatal crash that took the life of the victim, a caring father according to his son, whose investment company, U.R. Rich, dissipated millions of dollars and cost people their life's savings?

Was it Tampered brakes?

Was it a heart attack triggered by an adverse reaction to a lethal combination of prescription medication and dietary supplements?

Or was the final straw the old lady, present at the scene of crash, who beat the barely breathing victim with her walker while hurling insults?

Student attorneys set about the task of proving whether Cameron Paul, the garage owner, was guilty of the murder of Thor Brush or whether reasonable doubt existed. Calling on expert witnesses, who pontificated on the merits of the theories, and witnesses, whose motivations were each more suspect than the next, the student attorneys directed and crossed, battled over objections and highlighted the strength of their case in their opening and closing arguments, while undermining the merits of their opponents' case. After four rounds, the final two teams " the Charter School of Wilmington and Saint Mark's High School " competed in front of a panel of judges that included Supreme Court Justice Randy J. Holland. The results were announced at a banquet held after the final round on February 22, 2014. This year, the Charter School of Wilmington had the honor of representing Delaware in the national competition which was held May 8 to May 10, 2014 in Madison, Wisconsin.

Thank you to all the numerous volunteers who willingly gave up their time to make this another successful Mock Trial competition. Judges, attorneys, and Widener Law students served as volunteer judges and provided feedback to the students. Members of the Delaware Paralegal Association served as runners and security officers, bailiffs, and court staff volunteered in various capacities throughout the courthouse. We would like to extend a special thank you to Capitol Police for so ably managing the additional influx of people into the courthouse and responding to the myriad needs of the participants.