The 2016 Rebel-Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament is the sixth year of the first ever American Mock Trial Association format trial advocacy competition to come to Las Vegas.
As is only proper, the tournament will take place at the UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law and the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs. The UNLV and USC Mock Trial Teams co-host the tournament.
THIS YEAR, the students will present either the Prosecution or Defense side in the criminal case of State v. Bancroft (or) Covington.
Just days after the Midlands Gambling Commission voted to grant a second casino license to Avery Bancroft, the Midlands State Police Department arrested Bancroft and Chase Covington, the Commission's chairperson. The arrest came at 2PM on April 19, 2015.
A source inside the MSPD indicates that the arrest is the result of a long-term sting operation aimed at reducing rampant corruption in Midlands government. Bancroft is notorious in Midlands business and political circles for active involvement in political campaigns, most recently as a vocal (and financial) supporter of Max Heisman's mayoral bid. Covington has been long known as the swing vote on the Midlands Gambling Commission, bridging an acrimonious split between the Commission's other two members.
Many have suggested, however, that Covington's vote is for sale to the highest bidder.
The uncertainty that surrounds an arrest with so many questions and, currently, so few answers is enormous. What we know right now is that Midlands police have taken Bancroft and Covington into custody, all signs indicate bribery charges are forthcoming, and all evidence indicates that Bancroft bribed Covington.
*** We welcome practitioners and judges with civil and/or criminal experience.
Are you a judge, attorney or 3L law student (evidence completed)? If so, please join us as a tournament judge for the 2016 Rebel Trojan All-In Mock Trial Tournament. Sign up here.
Presiding mock trial judges actually rule on objections, and conduct the trials, just as real judges do. Scoring mock trial judges score the students' performances and give them evaluative commentary. We strive to provide one presiding judge, and two scoring judges, per trial.
During the Rebel - Trojan, colleges and universities from around the nation compete against each other by using the Federal Rules of Evidence to present either the Prosecution/Plaintff or Defense side of a mock case. Each side will present an Opening Statement, Direct & Cross Examination of 3 Prosecution witnesses and 3 Defense witnesses, and Closing Arguments.
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