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State v. Dawson, Second Edition

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stateVdawsonCoverFrom the American Mock Trial Association comes the second edition of State v. Dawson, a case file which delves into the outcome of a car crash. As the case goes, on September 24th, Vanessa Sullivan, daughter of Nita’s most prominent prosecutor, celebrated her 21st birthday with two friends, Taylor Hopson and Danny Dawson at a bar. After several hours the three left in a car driven by Dawson. On the way home, Dawson lost control and crashed the car, killing Sullivan.

A special prosecutor was appointed because of the conflict of interest in having the victim’s parent’s office prosecute the case. A grand jury has returned a multi-count indictment charging the defendant, Danny Dawson, with murder and driving under the influence.

There are four witnesses for the prosecution and four for the defense. The exhibits include an audio recording of the voicemail left by Vanessa Sullivan immediately before the crash.

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