Model Judiciary Program

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The Model Judiciary Program enables Virginia's youth to learn about the Virginia legal system by having them participate in mock trials and hearings under the guidance of a volunteer group of legal experts. Any public or private school in Virginia can participate in this program.

Our case this year is Commonwealth v. Diamond, a murder case. Here is the list of witnesses and lawyers.

 

Prosecution

Lawyers - Chris Cantone, Sean McKeown, Alden Knipe, Guy Shelby

Witnesses

E.A. Benbrook - Homicide Detective

Beth Kelly - Short Order Cook at Truck Stop Cafe

Joe Foster - Farmer

Dr. James Pierce - Coroner

Defense

Lawyers - Chris Cantone, Sean McKeown, Alden Knipe, Guy Shelby

Witnesses

John Diamond - Defendant - Sage Parker

Sgt. John Madden - Friend and Fellow Police Officer

Estelle Mason - Waitress at Truck Stop Cafe

Jurors

Ben Gross

Whitney Hyatt

 

 

  • The Trial
  • The Appeal
  • The Supreme Court

VA Supreme CourtOur case this year is Commonwealth v. Diamond, a murder case. Click the link to access the case.

We argue for the defense at 5:00 on Jan. 11 at the John Marshall Courts Building against Prince George High School.

We argue for the prosecution at 5:00 on Jan. 24 at the Henrico County Courthouse against St. Gertrude School.

Click on the links for the two courts to access their websites and get directions. Check the links to the left for more information about local courts as a part of the Virginia court system.

Click Here for the complete trial schedule.

Click Here for an Outline of the Elements of a Trial. (Particularly helpful for lawyers)

VA Supreme Court Click Here to access the Appeals Issues for Commonwealth v. Diamond .

VA Supreme CourtClick Here to access the Appeals Issues for Commonwealth v. Diamond .

Calendar

 

 

 

 

Officers

President - Wells Bridgforth

Vice President - Sage Parker

Vice President - Alden Knipe

Secretary - Guy Shelby

Treasurer - Chris Cantone

Historian/AG - Sean McKeown

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