EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSCampers Get Inside Look At Court System With Mock Trial
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Reported by: Rick Lord
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Jul. 18, 2013 9:47 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 18, 2013 10:43 PM EDT
Ona , Cabell County , West Virginia
A group of campers got an inside look at what a real-life criminal trial is like.
Earlier this week, campers at the Youth Leadership Academy in Ona witnessed a mock fatal accident that was apparently caused by a texting driver. That camper was "charged" with negligent homicide, and had his pretend day in court Thursday during a fake trial.
Campers served as defense and prosecuting attorneys, jurors, bailiffs and clerks, along with help from Cabell County Courthouse employees.
"A lot of these kids will be interested in going into law enforcement, but some of them aren't,” Canell Sheriff Tom McComas said. “That's why it's called a leadership academy, so the skills they learn they can take back to their schools and their community. They're a great group of kids."
Campers also experienced demonstrations from a bomb squad and K-9 unit this week. Sheriff's offices from all over the state are in Cabell County to help out with the camp.
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