Circleville High School Alumni Association donates to Mock Trial program


Pictured left-to-right: CHS Alumni Association Recording Secretary Teri (Strawser) Carter ’78,  Mock Trial students Anthony Fauver, Victoria Goff, Morgan Cordell, and Mock Trial advisor Mr. Nic Hamman.

Circleville City Schools – On Wednesday, the Circleville High School Alumni Association presented the high school’s Mock Trial program with a $365 donation to support program operations for the 2018-2019 school year.

Specifically, the alumni association’s gift will cover the organization’s membership in the Ohio Center for Law Related Education, the 2018-2019 Ohio Mock Trial Case File, and competition registration.

Mock Trial at Circleville High School offers an innovative approach to learning about law and how our legal system functions. Guided by teachers and volunteer legal advisors, students participate in original, unscripted simulated trials written by attorneys. High school student argue both sides of the case in real courtrooms across the state and each student is assigned a role in the case such as plaintiff, defendant, prosecutor, defense attorney, and witness among others.

As of October 9th, the group has 12 members enrolled as meetings are already under way in preparation for its January 2019 simulated court case.

2019 Case Info:

The 2019 case, State of Buckeye v. Quinn Woolf, challenges students to consider an individual’s right to privacy in our increasingly technological world.  In September of 2018, Quinn Woolf was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and telecommunications fraud for stealing $120 million from the State of Buckeye’s pension fund.

The state alleges that Quinn used a private, alpha-numeric code to hack into the state’s digital wallet and drain the funds. The state is basing its claim on drone footage captured from 400 feet in the air. The footage was enhanced to show Quinn Woolf sitting under a gazebo in the backyard of the Woolf residence with a notebook and a laptop. The enhancement revealed an alpha-numeric code written in Quinn’s notebook that matched the code needed to access the state’s account. The defense has filed a motion to exclude the drone footage, claiming that police violated Quinn’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure.

The motion hearing will focus on the need for a search warrant; specifically, if the contracted drone operator qualifies as a state actor and if Quinn had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

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