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AP Political Science Students Argue the Facts at Mock Trial

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Montini Catholic AP Political Science students participated in a mock Supreme Court trial on Monday, February 3rd during class.  Under the guidance of teacher, Mr. Alex Zasso, the students worked in assigned teams as lawyers or judges to research, analyze, and argue the case for both the prosecution and defense sides.  On the docket this day was recent Supreme Court case, Guedes v. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives - Gun rights advocates ask SCOTUS to review bump-stock ban.  

(A group of bump-stock owners and Second Amendment organizations argue that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit incorrectly applied so-called Chevron deference to the agency’s interpretation of “machinegun” in two criminal statutes: the National Firearms Act of 1934 and the Gun Control Act of 1968. - (Marcia Coyle | September 03, 2019 - Law.com)

"The process of holding mock trials in class provides for the development of many crucial skills," said Zasso.  "Students learn to collaborate as a team.  They also develop the ability to provide  critical analysis, and perfect their skills in persuasive writing and speaking."

Photo above:  Senior Devin Hoovel argues for the Petitioners

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