Mock trial introduces Girl Scouts to court

Girl Scouts of Southwestern Colorado enjoyed participating in a mock trial under the direction of District Court Judge Todd Plewe and attorney Rachel Muhonen. Enlargephoto

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Girl Scouts of Southwestern Colorado enjoyed participating in a mock trial under the direction of District Court Judge Todd Plewe and attorney Rachel Muhonen.

Girl Scouts of Southwestern Colorado recently braved the biggest snowstorm of the winter and had a chance to participate with local government officials who hosted a mock trial for them under the direction of District Court Judge Todd Plewe.

The Girl Scouts learned about professions in the legal field, how each profession helps others in the community, what each of the speakers enjoyed about their jobs, and what kind of skills are needed to complete their job as well as what type of education was needed.

Many thanks from the Girl Scouts to District Court Judge Todd Plewe for hosting us and to guest speakers Jen Lodge of the Cortez Police Department, magistrate and attorney Rachel Muhonen, and Tamara Osborne of Cortez emergency dispatch services.

Girl Scouts were led through a mock trial of the theft of an iPod. They assumed roles of an actual trial – judge, reporting police officer, defendant, plaintiff, court clerk, attorneys and jury. After the mock trial ended with a hung jury, the Girl Scouts were thrilled to be able to don the Judge’s robe and hold the gavel at the bench for pictures.

Girl Scouts Anna Carter, as prosecuting attorney, and Alethia Colorado, as police officer Apple, consult with attorney Rachel Muhonen to plan their mock prosecution of a defendant accused of stealing an iPod. Enlargephoto

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Girl Scouts Anna Carter, as prosecuting attorney, and Alethia Colorado, as police officer Apple, consult with attorney Rachel Muhonen to plan their mock prosecution of a defendant accused of stealing an iPod.

Cortez  emergency dispatcher Tamara Osborne tells Girl Scouts how she helps people in her job. Enlargephoto

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Cortez emergency dispatcher Tamara Osborne tells Girl Scouts how she helps people in her job.