Over the Christmas weekend the NCCU Law 1L trial team got a PDF containing the information for the Kilpatrick Stockton 1L mock trial competition taking place in a couple weeks.
Basically a criminal defense lawyer is sleeping with at least 2 women (in addition to being married), one of them ends up dead, and he gets indicted for her murder when his drug addict brother gets busted on possession charges and bargains with police for a reduced sentence, claiming he dumped the body in the Gulf of Mexico on the lawyer brother’s behalf.
Meanwhile the Detective investigating the case provides a receipt as evidence that he saw the defendant and the dead woman in a restaurant, but the receipt shows him downing $50 worth of wine that night. The drug addict brother was once mentally incompetent. And the “other woman” testified at trial that she killed the chick in self defense because both women ended up in the lawyer’s house at the same time when the lawyer wasn’t there.
There’s a bunch more crazy facts to the case, but you get the idea.
I know these scenarios are contrived for teaching purposes, but reading this stuff makes me want to be a litigator. It doesn’t take much time at all to think of the scathing questions to ask if I were prosecuting the case. Or how mercilessly I could destroy the credibility of the state’s witnesses if I were on defense. Etc.
Just 2.5 more years to go…