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Perrysburg Mock Trial Club elects Officers

The Perrysburg Mock Trial Club began the school year by electing its officers at the first meeting. Chosen to lead the club are: Jack Robinson, president; Chloe Wegener, vice-president; Hanan Sjah, recording secretary; Olivia Thomas, correspondence secretary; Mia Wegener, Treasurer and Aastha Bhavsar, historian.

The 2019 case, State of Buckeye v. Quinn Woolf, challenges students to consider an individual’s right to privacy in our increasingly technological world. In September of 2018, Quinn Woolf was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and telecommunications fraud for stealing $120 million from the State of Buckeye’s pension fund. The state alleges that Quinn used a private, alphanumeric code to hack into the state’s digital wallet and drain the funds. The state is basing its claim on drone footage captured from 400 feet in the air. The footage was enhanced to show Quinn Woolf sitting under a gazebo in the backyard of the Woolf residence with a notebook and a laptop. The enhancement revealed an alphanumeric code written in Quinn’s notebook that matched the code needed to access the state’s account. The defense has filed a motion to exclude the drone footage, claiming that police violated Quinn’s Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful search and seizure. The motion hearing will focus on the need for a search warrant; specifically, if the contracted drone operator qualifies as a state actor and if Quinn had a reasonable expectation of privacy.

Other members of the Club include: Ysabella Aromas, Jerrick Ban, Jordan Barnes, Andy Beck, Ryan Bisnett, Raushni Bumrah, Thomas Clark-Phelps, Isabella Delgado, Elizabeth Huff, Fionna Lam, Jack Lamberger, Evan Leong, Daniel Mills, Jacob Payton Alonzo, Michael Rausch, Adam Roberts, Leah Roberts, Caitlyn Schankula, Annabel Shin, Avery Thompson, Jack Thompson and Hailey Tomlin. Openings remain for other students who may contact any member for more information on joining.

Perrysburg Mock Trial is in its 18th year. The program is coached by Dr. Beth Rohrbacher; Kent Riesen, Esq.; Mary Sue Barone, Esq.; Ted Kurt, Esq.; Robert Quick and retired judge S. Dwight Osterud.

For more information please contact Dr. Beth Rohrbacher at 419-356-3345.

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2018
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