Articles & News 2006

The 2006 Pennsylvania Mock Trial Competition, Championship Round for the North Central Region

Bellefonte High School TeamRegional and District 1 Champion

Bellefonte High School team. (left to right) Back row: Lance Marshall (Attorney Advisor), Kaci Stover, Kelly Berthold, Erica Haslet, R.J. Rossi, Matt Martin (Faculty Advisor); Front Row: Shalia Sakona, Casey French, Vikki Fetters, Elisa Pierce.

Selinsgrove High School Team

Regional Runner Up, and District 2 Champion

Selinsgrove High School team.  (left to right) Back Row: Ms Truly Walters Zimmerman (advisor), Christiana Paradis, Paige Orwig, Allie Muolo, Liza James, Mr. Robert Muolo (attorney advisor). Bottom Row: Heera Khan, Amulya Murthy, Danielle Reynolds, Matt Edmiston.

Regional Coordinator, John Pietrovito announcing the decision.On Friday, March 17, 2006, Federal District Court Judge Malcolm Muir presided at the championship round of the North Central Region, Pennsylvania Mock Trial competition.  Teams  advanced by Bellefonte High School, Centre County and Selinsgrove High School, Snyder County, competed for local honors, and for the opportunity of competing in the state finals in Harrisburg, and national finals in Oklahoma City, OK.

Prosecution and defense teams at work.The body of a homeless woman, Terese Jameson, was discovered by Officer D.J. Moats in a trash dumpster in an alley behind the Terrible Towel Café in downtown Barrister, Pennsylvania. The victim had formerly been employed at the café, a downtown landmark renowned for its half-pound, all-beef burgers. The victim had visited the café on the morning of November 20 with her child, 14-year-old Dani Jameson, to try to persuade the owner, defendant Teaberry (a/k/a Tee) Olson, to rehire her. Upon their arrival, Ms. Jameson went into the café while Dani Jameson waited outside. A short time after meeting with Tee Olson, Ms. Jameson was discovered dead in the dumpster.

Mock Trial jurors Mike Wiley and Joe Rider deliberating in the jury roomWho was the murderer?  Was it Teaberry Olson?  Was it a local gang known for violence against homeless people?  The Bellefonte team prosecuted Teaberry, while she was represented by the Selinsgrove team in this mock trial conducted by Judge Muir in the federal courthouse in Williamsport, Pa.

Ten local attorneys served as jurors.  On the merits of the case, the jury rendered a unanimous verdict of "Not Guilty."   The decision on the competition was much closer.  As a result of the high quality of the performances and the closely matched teams, Bellefonte was selected to advance by a 6 to 4 vote.