Nearly 25 years after O.J. Simpson was found not guilty for the murder of his ex-wife Nicole Brown and her friend Ron Goldman, students in Mark Freeman’s government class at Sabinal High School revisited this era in history by holding a mock trial that rendered a guilty verdict.
The mock trial was an assignment designed to give the students an in-depth look at the legal system, Freeman said, and was aided by 38th Judicial District attorney Mark Haby and assistant district attorney Christina Busbee as well as Uvalde County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Ernie Moore.
“They learned the prosecutor’s job, the role of the defense and the jury,” Freeman said of his students, adding they also learned about the prosecution’s standard of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
Students volunteered to take lead positions in the trial and pick assistants.
Student Braeden Soto played the role of prosecutor, who during the actual trial was Marcia Clark. Bryson Ray was the defense attorney representing the defendant, a position that was held by Johnny Cochran during the O.J. Simpson trial.
Alfredo Arteaga played the jury foreman, and Hailey Hernandez served in the role of standout witness similar to Denise Brown’s role in the Simpson trial.
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