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Game of Legal Intrigue


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THE PLACE: Fairview
THE TIME: Friday, October 16
THE CRIME: Narcotics


"At approximately 10 P.M., the evening of October 16, Officer Owen Tracker stopped a late model sedan because only one headlight on the vehicle was working. Officer Tracker, after a radio check, ascertained that the driver's registration and license were in order.

"However, he became suspicious when he observed that the rear license plates were fastened to the car by wire.

"Officer Tracker sought further identification of the vehicle and its occupants. He opened the front car door and looked for the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) imprinted on the side of the door. As he opened the door, he smelled the odor of marijuana.

"Officer Tracker then ordered the oocupants out of the vehicle, searched the vehicle, and found half a marijuana cigarette in the front ashtray.

"Officers Tracker and Joe Lebaron subsequently searched the trunk and found $4800 in cash and 24 one-pound bags of marijuana. They arrested the driver, one Juan Merry, for possession of narcotics.

"The defendant claims that the police had no 'probable cause to search his vehicle, and that the evidence should be suppressed because it is the result of an illegal search."

Now you choose to be the defense attorney or the prosecutor in this criminal case...

Choose from conservative, neutral or liberal. Jurisprudence is not an exact science. One judge, with the same facts at hand, may overturn an earlier conviction.

The judge also has to rule on objections and questions of evidence. In Courtroom, in the case where the two opposing attorneys disagree on a point of procedure or evidence, the Courtroom "liberal" judge has a tendency to decide the point in favor of the defense. The "conservative" judge more often sides with the prosecution. A third choice is to select a completely neutral judge.


There is a full caseload of crimes and defendants to choose from in the Fairview Criminal Court Docket. Sixteen cases, such as bank robbery, narcotics, manslaughter, burglary, fraud, etc. are available for trial. Each case includes one or two defendants, eight witnesses and a variety of material and testimonial evidence. Each case may be tried more than once - evidence and testimony will be different.