Teen Court Reflection

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The path I am on is paved with tile floors, and the lights above flicker in a way that reminds me of a school hallway. The path is seemingly endless, constantly branching, and is a mystery. Whenever it splits I am always presented with two choices: to go left, or to go right. The left path is always bright with sparkling floors and fresh air. The right path is much more foreboding. Most of the time, I can’t see more than a few feet in front of me and the air is heavy. I always try to go down the bright, comforting path because I hope it will lead me to a better future in this path called life. However, by looking deeper into the choices that I have been presented and by taking glimpses into the lives of others, I have realized that I am lucky …show more content…
The teenage defendants are real, and as an attorney in the program I have been able to meet with practicing attorneys, learn about the law, and most importantly learn the right side of life. The crimes that kids have come to Teen Court for include drug possession, shoplifting, and assault fourth degree. By coming to Teen Court and completing their disposition they can get their crime expunged. The kids essentially get a fresh start in life. Each trial is different and memorable because every defendant is different; however the most memorable trial is my first trial as a prosecution …show more content…
They had stolen about fifty dollars worth of goods and they were near the age of eighteen, so I did something horrible: I assumed the defendant would not realize the magnitude of their actions because, to be honest, most defendants do not. I prepared for entire trial with that assumption. I wrote speeches, questions, and even met with an attorney with this assumption. I did not think to ask how the defendant might have changed so, each part of my preparation was shallow. To make a long story short, the defendant had graduated from school early and had started taking classes at a local community college. They were also working and had paid the local store reparations back herself. The defendant was actually a wonderful person and had simply gone down the dark hallway once or twice. After I realized that the defendant was a normal, good person, I started to feel my partially digested dinner rise. I realized that by failing to consider every part of the defendant, past, present, and future, I had failed myself, and Teen Court, and the defendant. After this point, I realized that I should ask and thought about every question I could have possible had because that is how a truly intellectually curious person

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