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Perrysburg Mock Trial Club elects Officers
The Perrysburg Mock Trial Club recently held elections of Officers. Emma Viles, a senior, was elected President for the school year. Jack Robinson, a junior, was elected Vice President. Abdurrehman Khan, a senior, was chosen as Corresponding Secretary. Chloe Wegener, a sophomore from Anthony Wayne High School who studies at Owens Community College, is the new Recording Secretary. The Historian is Sydney Meade, a senior and Hunter Logan, also a senior, serves as Treasurer.

The Club will send three teams into competition. In addition to the Officers, Perrysburg Mock Trial Club members include: Jerrick Ban, Jordan Barnes, Andy Beck, Aastha Bhavsar, Sharvari Brahme, Jillian Craig, Junbo Chen, Elizabeth Huff, Evan Leong, Katie McGivern, Thomas Clark-Phelps, Michael Rausch, Leah Roberts, Hanan Sjah, Annabel Shim, Olivia Thomas, Avery Thompson, Jack Thompson and Mia Wegener.

Inspired by the popular podcast Serial, the 2018 case asks students to tackle the post-conviction relief petition from Adam Smith. In October 1999, Smith was convicted of the murder of Hayley Leigh, his ex-girlfriend and fellow student at Trillium High. Almost 20 years later, Smith has filed a petition for a new trial, alleging ineffective assistance of counsel. Smith contends that his original attorney mishandled cell phone evidence in his case, and failed to pursue a potential alibi witness. The state has set an evidentiary hearing to consider Smith's motion for a new trial. Due to serious attorney misconduct, Smith's original trial attorney was disbarred only a few years after his case. Both sides have stipulated to the attorney's deficient representation. The hearing will focus on whether there is a reasonable probability that the outcome of the case would have been different but for the ineffective trial counsel (prejudice).

Perrysburg Mock Trial is now in its 17th year. Attorneys Kent Riesen and Mary Sue Barone, along with Dr. Beth Rohrbacher, Bob Quick and Judge S. Dwight Osterud, retired from Perrysburg Municipal Court, coach and advise this award-winning Mock Trial Club.