December Teen Court 2015
Case 1: In the first case the defendant went from stealing to drug abuse in a time span of weeks. It seems like he is escalating in crimes do you believe this defendant will make his probation or do you think his escalation in crimes will lead to a failed probation?
November Session Teen Court 2015
Case 1: Do you believe the defendant was mocking the jury when she said, "I am surprised you guys haven't asked why I did it" or just trying to defend her case? Explain Also how credible was her story she claimed she didn't remember a lot of things yet the total amount of the items taken were 924.
On Thursday October 22nd El Rancho High School was placed on lock down because of a bomb/gun threat. At 8:15 am authorities were contacted due to the threat that was made online via twitter. When police detained the student that tweeted the threat and searched him he didn't have any weapons. The student was detained and has not returned to school. What do you believe the student should be charged with? Why?
October 7, 2015 Session
1. The defendant from the first cases seems to have an unhealthy relationship with his mother as he does not see her as a role model do you think this is going to pose a problem during his probation period?
2. The defendant was inconsistent with his story do you think he was keeping information from the jury because he was scared of his parents or was he saying the truth? His sentence was also equal to the first defendants community service hours why was this if he was inconsistent with his story line?
3. How can we improve jury questioning in the court room?
April, 2015 Court Session
Please offer us your comments on both cases. Do you agree or disagree with the verdict and sentence. Did the jury miss any questions? How do you think we can improve our court?
Case 1: Do you believe that the defendant was lying while on trial? Take into account that she admitted to have a history of lying. What role do you believe this defendants mother had in her case? Do you think the mother was being over protective or no?
Case 2: Where you sympathized by the fact that this defendant had learning disabilities and an incarcerated father? If so why and if not why not.
November Case Questions
Case 1: Do you think the defendant in the first case had some domestic problems such as abuse or other issues that would have made her commit the crime? If so what type of issues do you think she is facing? What can she do to overcome issues in her life?
Case 2: Defendant two seemed to be accompanied by both a good influence and a bad influence at the scene of the crime. Why might she have listen to the bad influence knowing that it was wrong and although she was warned not to do so? Do you think peer pressure is more powerful than knowing between wrong and right and being warned?
Teen Court Blog October 2014
Case 1: Due to the fact that the defendant has committed the offense already once, do you think it will happen again? Or has the defendant learned his lesson?