Business law students at Mathews High School have embarked on a first-hand program designed to teach them the basics of criminal law procedure. The students are playing different roles in a mock trial that began last week with police interrogations held at the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office. The scenario involves a father (portrayed by Dale Jacobsen, in top photo with back to camera, who allegedly arrived to pick up his child while intoxicated. A canine unit subsequently found what appears to be an illegal substance in the defendant’s car. Pictured with Jacobsen are, seated from left, Investigator Brown Strigle of the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office and MHS students James Pavik and Henry Bouscher (portraying police officers) and, standing prosecutors Sarah Burnette and Diamond Spriggs. In another room, Sara Southworth, Taylor Bass and Alexis Spriggs, playing a crime technician and defense attorneys, watched the interview on a closed-circuit TV, along with business law teacher Karen Lloyd and Stacie Worley, who is playing the role of the daycare worker. Retired Judge William H. Shaw III will hear the mock case on April 12. Photo by Charlie Koenig
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