CNHS Mock Trial Team

Ghadeer Lamah, Director of Expansion

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After months of hard work and preparation, and more importantly “Mornings at Wegmans with Bill,”  Colts Neck High School’s Mock Trial team proved their talent as they made their way all the way to the Monmouth County Finals competition on January 25, 2018. To start off, allow me to introduce the team:

Dylan Cohen (Defense attorney)

Brooke Lumer (Defense attorney)

Ghadeer Lamah (thats me!) (Defendant- Dana Martin)

Dan Freeman (Witness- Harley Novack)

Justin Weiss (Witness- Frances Martin)

Nick Fischer (Prosecution attorney)

Ty Blitstein (Prosecution attorney)

Caroline Osborne (Witness- Robin Simon)

Dennis Abate (Witness- Carson Silva)

Brian Perlstein (Expert Witness- Detective Rory Bernard)

Mock Trial Team at the Monmouth County Finals on January 25th

Through two weeks of competition, Colts Neck’s Mock Trial defense team and prosecution team both competed with the case of The State v. Dana Martin. In this case, a fictional Dana Martin, not long after discovering that her childhood friend Zachary Simon has died from a drug overdose, is being charged as the drug dealer responsible for Zach’s death, dealing him his lethal dosage of fentanyl. Dana ensures that there is no way she could have dealt those drugs to Zach, providing that she has a solid alibi for her whereabouts on the day Zach overdosed. The State, however, ensures otherwise. With her alibi proving to be not-so-solid, and some suspicious pieces of evidence found in both her car and her bedroom, is it possible that Dana was responsible for her best friend’s death?

Jury verdict aside, both of our teams were able to deliver performances that left every judge impressed with their capabilities in a courtroom, enough to bring us all the way to the County Final against Middletown South. Unfortunately, this marked the end of our journey with this case, as we lost in the final competition and did not progress to Regionals. Despite the judge’s decision, the Mock Trial Team’s prosecution was able to deliver one last outstanding performance, and we left that courtroom with our heads held high. Special thanks to Mrs. Lucarelli for all the work she put in to coaching us!

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