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Hoban finishes second in state mock trial competition

By John Published: March 12, 2012

Indian Hill High School in suburban Cincinnatti won the championship round in the state mock trial competition on Saturday, which you can see here. Press release from Ohio Supreme Court says this:

 Three-hundred and fifty teams from 178 schools across Ohio participated at the district competition at the beginning of the year. From there, 114 teams advanced to the regional competition, and only 31 teams competed at the state level.

Since September, these students put in hundreds of hours of work alongside volunteer attorneys and judges. Their mock trial case was titled, ''State of Ohio vs. Storm Jackson.'' The defendant argued that using global positioning system data collected from his cell phone was in violation of his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable search and seizure. 

OCLRE's Mock Trial coordinator Todd Burch said the mock trial competition teaches students about the law and their rights as well as about the Constitution and the legal system. He said the program is very important to students as they learn public speaking, team building, and critical thinking skills.

Archbishop Hoban, the 2011 Ohio Mock Trial champions, and Indian Hill, the 2009 and 2010 state champions, won eight rounds during state finals to make it to the final round on Saturday.

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