By Joelle Tchantchou
This is a collection of photos that show the determiniation of Mr. Shepard’s innocence in the tragedy that happened with his fiance’s life in his hands after a night of drinking and celebration.
Judiciary: Swearing In
Delegates from Nyos Charter School located in Austin are swearing “to tell the truth” in the sentencing of Cameron Shepard. The case focuses on an accident that killed his fiance after a night of celebration and drinking. The delegates are swearing to clarify the exact details of what happened and what they got from their investigations and analysis.
Prosecution: Opening statements
The attorney from the opposing counsel is giving her opening about the reason why she thinks Cameron shepard should be charged with a DUI and manslaughter after driving under the influence and causing the death of his Fiance. She refers to this case as it being a crucial case because it will bring peace to the family of the deceased knowing that the person that caused them so much pain is behind bars, and they finally have justice that can lay their daughter to rest in peace.
Defense: Demonstrating amount of alcohol in one’s system after a period of time.
Delegate Gabriella Avena from Dripping Springs is playing the side of the defense as Proffessor Sydney Tate who in the picture shown below demonstrates the effecient way that acohol can be tested to see if a person is safe to navigate a vehicle after drinking– even though it is advised that driving while intoxicated is highly dangerous.
Closing Statement: Defense gives their closing statement
The defense, which consists of Natalie Chavez and Gabriel Ybarra from Dripping Springs, are arguing that Cameron Shepard is not guilty of his fiance’s death. This is beacause the fact that he might have failed his sobriety test should not be counted against him since “he had just been in a terrible tragedy due to the fact that he just saw his girlfriend being ejected from the car right next to him and him not being able to do anything because his seatbelt was stuck.”
Judge: Giving feedback
The judge in this case was Laurel Hanson from Nyos Charter School. She is an experiened judge who gave feedback and criticism where it was due, and she made sure that everyone knew what they could improve on and what they did an impeccable job on as well.
Victory: The defense takes the win
After the trial, the judge took time to deliberate and came to the conclusion that the Cameron Shepard was not guilty of the DUI and manslaughter charge against him due to the death of his fiance while he was driving under the influence. The delegates of Dripping Springs High School took this win based on their knowledge of the case, their different point of views, and their preparation.
Bills: Passing a bill
Delegate Christianah Adejokun who is a student at Summit Prep School in Arlington, TX, stands for a bill that will give criminals who have attempted murder the same sentence as those who have committed murder. She believed passing this bill is crucial because those crimes are both “life changing and traumatizing for both the victims and their loved ones”. Ms. Adejokun states that attempted murder and murder are crimes that impact and cause states of panic and paranoia for the parties involved.
The end: Delegates congratulating each other
At the end of the trial, the trial teams congratulated each other even though the opposing counsel did not get the results they wanted. They didn’t act out or diminish the work that the defense put in, and, with that, they said congratulations to both teams.
Youth: where it all begins…
The purpose of this program is to support and help build the leaders of the upcoming generation. Where I’m from we are told to “leave those to the adults,” and I often find myself asking what “those” are. I’m pretty sure if everything was left only to the adults, nothing would improve because it’s the youth and the upcoming generations that make people see how great our future and the advaning of our nation can be.
I went into today not knowing what to expect because it was my first time participating in Youth and governmnet. But, from seeing the capitol to seating in these trial cases, I can truly say the level of preparation and hard-work the delegates put in can really be applauded.