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2008 Mock Trial Results

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Final Winner

Miramonte High Logo

Miramonte

Final Match-ups

Finals, Tuesday 2/26/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Miramonte

Northgate

Miramonte

 



Consolation Winner
Alhambra Hiogh School
Alhambra

Consolation Finals, Tuesday 2/26/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Alhambra

Monte Vista

Alhambra

 


Semi Final Match-ups

Semi Finals, Thursday 2/21/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Monte Vista

Miramonte

Miramonte

Alhambra

Northgate

Northgate



Quarter Final Match-ups

Quarter Finals, Tuesday 2/19/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Miramonte

Antioch

Miramonte

Monte Vista

Campolindo

Monte Vista

Northgate

Acalanes

Northgate

Hercules

Alhambra

Alhambra

 

Preliminary Match-ups

Round #4, Thursday 2/13/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Miramonte (B)

Pittsburg

Miramonte (B)

Heritage

Acalanes

Acalanes

Monte Vista

College Park

Monte Vista

Dougherty

California

California

Hercules

Alhambra

Alhambra

Northgate

Miramonte

Miramonte
Campolindo Antioch Campolindo

 

Round #3, Tuesday 2/12/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

College Park

California (B)

California (B)

Heritage

Monte Vista

Monte Vista

Northgate

Dougherty

Northgate

Miramonte

Hercules

Miramonte

Alhambra

Campolindo

Campolindo

California

Acalanes

Acalanes
Pittsburg Antioch Antioch

 

Round #2, Thursday 2/07/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Pittsburg

Campolindo

Campolindo

Acalanes

Northgate

Northgate

Antioch

College Park

College Park

Monte Vista

Alhambra

Alhambra

Miramonte

California

Miramonte

Hercules

Dougherty Valley

Hercules
Northgate (B) Heritage Northgate (B)


Round #1, Tuesday 2/05/08
Prosecution Defense Winner

Campolindo

Monte Vista

Monte Vista

California

Northgate

Northgate

Acalanes

Alhambra (B)

Alhambra (B)

Antioch

Heritage

Antioch

College Park

Hercules

Hercules

Alhambra

Pittsburg

Alhambra
Dougherty Miramonte Miramonte

 



Outstanding Individual Student Awards

Award Student School
Outstanding Bailiff Avery Epstein Miramonte
Outstanding Bailiff Jared Hein Miramonte
     
Outstanding Clerk Amando Antono Campolindo
Outstanding Clerk Spencer Ellis Miramonte
     
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – Detective Dana Brown Gordon Drobny Miramonte
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – Detective Dana Brown Peter DeYoung Northgate
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – Carter Cravin Clara Tsao Miramonte
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – London Desmond Cady DeLano California
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – London Desmond Christine Fleming Alhambra
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – London Desmond Erika Henning Campolindo
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – London Desmond Stacy Demetriou College Park
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – Dr. Lee Stark Jesse Campton Alhambra
Outstanding Prosecution Witness – Dr. Lee Stark Maddy Fischer Miramonte
     
Outstanding Defense Witness – Alex Palmer Daniel Granoff Campolindo
Outstanding Defense Witness – Alex Palmer David Sanchez Heritage
Outstanding Defense Witness – Stevie Ricco Stephanie Ginsberg Northgate
Outstanding Defense Witness – Adrian Chase Molly Fehr Miramonte
Outstanding Defense Witness – Adrian Chase Gia Rodgers Heritage
Outstanding Defense Witness – Dr. J.B. Schrute Emily Gilson Campolindo
Outstanding Defense Witness – Dr. J.B. Schrute Dan Hogan College Park
Outstanding Defense Witness – Dr. J.B. Schrute Nick Guros Northgate
     
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney – Prosecution Pat Warner Alhambra
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney – Prosecution Rahul Verma Miramonte
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney – Prosecution Ethan Sorscher Northgate
     
Outstanding Opening Statement – Prosecution Avery Epstein Miramonte
Outstanding Opening Statement – Prosecution Brenden Repicki Alhambra
     
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Prosecution Chris Corriveau Hercules
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Prosecution Shahrzad Nikoo Monte Vista
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Prosecution Jon Seclow Northgate
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Prosecution Claire Zimmerman Campolindo
     
Outstanding Cross Examination Attorney – Prosecution Zak Dychtwald Miramonte
Outstanding Cross Examination Attorney – Prosecution Kelly Volkar Alhambra
Outstanding Cross Examination Attorney – Prosecution Courtney Peterson Northgate
     
Outstanding Closing Argument – Prosecution Zak Dychtwald Miramonte
Outstanding Closing Argument – Prosecution Claire Zimmerman Campolindo
Outstanding Closing Argument – Prosecution George Emmons California
     
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney - Defense Lucas Duplanic Miramonte
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney - Defense Bronwen O'Herin Acalanes
Outstanding Pretrial Attorney - Defense Susann Almasi Northgate
     
Outstanding Opening Statement – Defense Christina Pabst Miramonte
Outstanding Opening Statement – Defense Maria Shen Monte Vista
     
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Defense Heeral Thakker California
Outstanding Direct Examination Attorney – Defense Kristina Alekseyeva Miramonte
     
Outstanding Cross Examination Attorney – Defense Elizabeth Chang Northgate
Outstanding Cross Examination Attorney – Defense Christina Pabst Miramonte
     
Outstanding Closing Argument - Defense Maria Theophanous Miramonte
Outstanding Closing Argument - Defense Kaitlyn Bowles Acalanes

 

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Art & Journalism Awards

Award Student School
Best Artist Berlin Burkhart Monte Vista
Best Journalist Pamela Mardo California

 

WINNING ARTICLE:

Palmer convicted, murdered for stolen script
By Pamela Mardo (California High)

MARTINEZ - Judge Dan O'Malley convicted 46-year-old Alex Palmer of second- degree murder of her former close friend and famous entertainment producer Jes Markson on Tuesday, February 12.

On the brink of his comeback, Markson was found dead in his Hollywood Hills mansion the morning of June 6, 2007. Prosecutors proved that Palmer murdered the prominent Hollywood mogul to exact revenge for his successful new television show "Cardiac Arrest", an idea Palmer claimed Markson stole from her.

"The defendant shot in the back the person who stabbed her in the back," said prosecution attorney Adam Hester.

Palmer lived on Markson's estate until March 2007, when the two argued over her stolen script, the defendant testified. They severed their ties until the day before Markson was found dead. Palmer visited Markson at his home to confront him again regarding the show.

After her visit, Palmer remained in the neighborhood to see an old friend. She left about 10 p.m. to go home, said defense witness Stevie Ricco.

"Alex is a good and loyal friend," said Ricco. "She would never hold a grudge."

Palmer was seen waiting outside Markson's home around 11 p.m. the eve of the murder, according to prosecution witness Carter Cravin.

The defense claimed the Hollywood police department's evidence, including black powder found on the defendant's clothes from that evening, was questionable.

"I believe in my team's competence, as well as mine," said lead investigator Det. Dana Brown.

Palmer's attorneys also claimed the police did not thoroughly investigate other suspects. They said Markson's girlfriend, actress London Desmond, was at the mansion around the time of death and should have been investigated.

"Alex is innocent because the evidence toward another suspect is stronger," said defense attorney Ian Johnson.

The antique firearm used in the murder was last seen on Palmer's bedside table when she resided in Markson's home, testified Desmond, who the defense said had access to the same weapon.

Prosecutors dismissed this allegation and argued Desmond had no motive to murder her boyfriend and did not display any malicious behavior toward Markson.

The trial set a precedent for the use of a Memory Mapping Test, which observes brain activity of a subject in response to certain stimuli.

The defense argued that the scientific community did not geneally accept the relatively new and unreliable technology developed in 2001. According to the test, Palmer's results suggested that details of the crime scene and Markson's death are stored in Palmer's brain.

Dr. J.B. Schrute, a lab manager for a private forensics firm that studied the Los Angeles Science Lab's report, disputed Palmer's fingerprint found at the scene. "The print could've been left at the scene during the time of Palmer's residence at Markson's mansion months before," said Schrute.

The frame where the print was found held the picture of the cast for Markson's new show.

"The picture was a cruel reminder to the defendant of what could've been," said prosecution attorney George Emmons.

 

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