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Watch the 36th Annual High School Mock Trial Finals on March 18

Thursday, March 17, 2022
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Due to an issue with the original YouTube link to watch the March 18 Mock Trial Competition Final, the competition will be broadcast on a new site. The Final will be broadcast at this new link:

https://youtu.be/DoZM31AROPw

You are invited to attend the Massachusetts Bar Association’s 36th Annual Statewide High School Mock Trial Competition Finals on Friday, March 18, at 9:30 a.m.

To watch this year’s virtual final’s trial, the MBA will be live streaming it via YouTube. Please note that the MBA will be recording the trial in its entirety. The link for this viewing is:

https://youtu.be/yTlz0gulbWQ

This year’s Mock Trial competition began in October 2021 with more than 100 participating high schools throughout the commonwealth. The teams competed in over 150 trials using a virtual format from January through March, and the two finalists will vie for the State Championship before a virtual panel of three Massachusetts judges. The winning team will represent Massachusetts at the National Championship, which will also be held virtually from May 5 to May 7.

2022 Mock Trial Case Summary

This year, the teams are presented with a criminal case. On Nov. 29, 2019, Alex MacArthur, Katherine Denger and Clarke Painter drove to Leo’s Convenience Store for the alleged purpose of collecting an alleged debt that one of the store employees, Hank Isselback, owed to Painter. Gunplay ensued, and Isselback’s sibling, Dan/i, was fatally shot by MacArthur. MacArthur pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and is awaiting sentencing. Denger has been charged with accessory to murder and is awaiting trial. In this case, the defendant, Painter, is charged with first-degree felony murder for their participation as joint venturer with MacArthur and Denger in the commission or attempted commission of the predicate felony of armed robbery, which resulted in the death of Dan/i Isselback.