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LAYIN’ DOWN THE LAW: Middle schools host Superior Court hearings

April 26, 2013

Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott Whitley County’s Superior Court was on the move Friday, traveling to all three of the county’s middle schools for hearings. Above is Superior Court Judge Doug Fahl before the hearing at Churubusco Junior High School.

COLUMBIA CITY — Whitley County’s Superior Courtroom went mobile Friday.

Real defendants, real prosecution and real cases traveled to Whitley County’s middle schools to give students a true feel for what goes on in the courtroom.

Real life defendants volunteered to participate in the program.

After the hearings, students had the opportunity to ask the prosecution, Judge Doug Fahl, the public defender and the defendants questions.

“I have been amazed at how much the defendants say they get out of the program,” Fahl said. “I think it gives them a sense that their mistakes can be used to help someone else.”

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