Today is a big day for delegates in Appellate Court–the culmination of all of their hard work is coming together during four hours of trials.
Delegates are split into six separate court divisions where the lead appellants and respondents speak to the justices in favor of their argument.
The case regards an eighteen year-old girl who runs a website dealing in drugs and killing. When she is caught, she is forced to enter her own password into a computer containing all evidence of the crime, which could be considered self-incrimination.
Although the proceedings on the court case have not yet been settled, all sides have their own opinions on how it is going to turn out.
Adam Bolt, Criminal Defense Attorney and adviser to appellants, says, “I’ve been helping the appellants out in structuring their briefs and oral arguments, so I think the appellants have an excellent shot.”
Calvin, an appellant from the Sacramento Central delegation says, “I feel like the appellant side is easier to argue in our favor, but when we deal with the death penalty, I feel like a lot of the time it tends to lean towards the respondent and prosecution side.”
Khalid Mihlar, a justice from the Torrance-South Bay delegation says, “the evidence is stacked mainly on the appellants because of the simple fact that the respondents have to prove way less than the appellants.”
Sudhiksha Shanshag Kota, a first year Respondent from SVCA Central, says after her court hearing that, “the Appellants definitely had an advantage because the evidence is for them” but feels that the results “could go either way.”