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Pequot Lakes: Mock Trial team advances to regionals

The Pequot Lakes Mock Trial Team has once again advanced to the regional finals after defeating Bemidji High School 220-201. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Patriots have advanced to the regional finals.

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The Pequot Lakes Mock Trial Team has once again advanced to the regional finals after defeating Bemidji High School 220-201. This marks the fifth consecutive year the Patriots have advanced to the regional finals.

If the Patriots - a mix of students between 8th and 12 grades - win their meet Friday, Feb. 20, against Battle Lake, the Patriots will advance to the state tournament beginning Thursday, March 5, in Minneapolis.

Mock Trial is a competitive activity where participating schools receive the same fictitious court case. Each school's team is made up of two sides: the Prosecution and the Defense. When a meet is held between schools, each team is assigned one side of the case to argue.

Mock trial promotes public speaking, acting, critical thinking, active listening and technical reading, and opens students to the court process and legal vocabulary. Meets are held in actual courthouses.

This year's case, "State of Independence vs. Sandy Townshend," is a criminal case that tries cafe owner Sandy Townshend for the murder of a former homeless employee who threatened to go public with a claim that Sandy had used horsemeat in the cafe's famous hamburgers. The former employee's body was found in a dumpster outside of Sandy's cafe. Each team must be prepared to either prosecute or defend Sandy of the charge of second-degree murder.

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The Patriots and coach Dan Moddes would like to express their gratitude to Mark Mitchell, a public defense attorney who volunteers his time to help the team.

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