Orleans Courthouse hosts mock trial competition

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 24 March 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers
ALBION – Four teams competed in the semifinals of the GLOW region mock trials on Monday at the Orleans County Courthouse.

In the top photo, Dylan Beckman serves as an attorney for the team from Batavia and questions a witness.

Amanda Conrad, a witness for Attica, responds to questioning from Becca Canale, an attorney for Batavia.

The fictional case centered on the treasurer of a Booster Club who was accused of stealing $45,200 to feed a gambling addiction.

Albion and Medina both have mock trial teams but they did not advance to the semifinals. The competitions are held at courthouses in Batavia, Warsaw and Albion.

Monday was Orleans County’s turn to host the event inside its historic courthouse, built in 1858.

Becca Canale was one of the attorneys for Batavia. She presents her closing argument to Chad Murray, the judge for the competition.

Madhu Vihani, a lawyer for the Attica team, presents documents to the team from Batavia.

The smaller courtroom on the first floor was used for the competition between teams from Avon, on left, and Notre Dame in Batavia.

Nic Culver of Medina, a freshman at Notre Dame, was a witness for his team.