Law Day is a annual event that gives seniors in the area’s six high schools the opportunity to participate in the trial of actual court cases in the Circuit Court of Escambia County, Alabama.
According to attorney Charles Godwin, who has coordinated Law Day for 36 years, “These are not mock trials. These are actual trials involving official prosecutions defended by persons who are actually charged with the offenses tried.”
Seniors attended over two days: May 2 – Flomaton High School, Escambia Academy, Escambia County High School, and Atmore Christian School / homeschool; May 3 – T.R. Miller High School, W.S. Neal High School.
Daniel White, President, Escambia County Bar, introduced the program, judges, attorneys and guest speakers both days.
The guest speaker Thursday, May 2, was the Honorable Lyn Stuart, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Alabama. Friday, May 3, the speaker was Clay Hornsby, Esquire, President, Alabama Association for Justice.
Members of the jury and the two alternates were Derrick Demond Brown, Escambia County High School (ECHS); Thomas Austin Brown, Flomaton High School (FHS); Chanydra Maria Campbell, ECHS; Tyrell Da’shun Ford, ECHS; Hannah Fountain, Escambia Academy (EA); Christina Marie Gohagan, FHS; Brendon Juanae Jackson, ECHS; Tiffany Samone McReynolds, ECHS; Anthony Morris, ECHS; Josh Peebles, EA; Jacinda Stahley, Atmore Christian School; Nicholas Tray Sutton, FHS; Margaret Caroline Thomas, FHS; Morgan Danielle Waguespack, FHS.
The Thursday jury tried the case of State of Alabama vs. James Marlon Smith Jr., who was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. Honorable Bert W. Rice, Circuit Judge, presided.
Prosecuting attorneys were Jeffrey Todd Stearns, Esquire, Assistant District Attorney; and Katelynn Jones, Esquire.
Attorney for the defendant was Thomas B. Brown, Esquire.
Following deliberations, the jury found the defendant not guilty.