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Make a mockery of this trial? Never, students say

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webmaster | 12/12/13

There was a grim case on trial at the Madera Superior Court this week.

A senior high school student, Jason Johnson, was dead and his best friend Rae Concha charged with selling him Adderall, a prescription drug that prosecutors said exacerbated Johnson’s heart condition and caused his death.

After a team of lawyers argued both for and against Concha’s innocence, with all the objections and examinations inherent therein, Madera Superior Court Judge Ernest LiCalsi read the sentence for second-degree murder — not guilty — but mistakenly said Concha was to blame.

After that, the courtroom burst into laughter as the high school students participating in the 2013 Honorable Edward P. Moffat Madera County Mock Trial Competition shared in the rare mistake by LiCalsi and basked in the relief that the contest was completed...


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