Mock trial team from Archbishop Murphy places in Top 5

Apr 07, 2017
Courtesy of: ABHS Members of the Archbishop Murphy Mock Trial Team celebrated taking fourth place in the state competition last month by posing for a photo in the conference room of the state Supreme Court in Olympia. Seated (l-r) Anthony Damitio (10),Elizabeth Mayans (12), Hannah Lukomski (11), Charles Castillo (11), Grace Lefcourt-standing (9), Alexi Obillo-standing (11), Sean Murray--seated (10), Drew Carlton-standing (11), Lucas Dini-standing (12), Hillary Longoria (12), AJ de Leon (11), Emily Leiker (11), Alisa Das (12).

The varsity mock trial team from Archbishop Murphy finished with three wins against only one loss to place fourth at the Washington State high school mock trial championship at the Thurston County Courthouse last month.

The squad from AMHS was named on 10 out of 12 ballots throughout the tournament. In all, 24 teams from various District Competitions to make qualified for the finals in Olympia. About 350 students participated as lawyers and witnesses.

The fourth place finish for the AMHS team is the fifth time the school has placed in the Top 5 in the past seven years. The school has competed in Mock Trial competition since 2005.

In addition to the strong showing by the team, several individuals were singled out for honors at the awards ceremony. Hillary Longoria, Anthony Damitio, Elizabeth Mayans, Hannah Snider, and Alexi Obillo were selected as Best Witnesses. Best lawyer awards handed out to Hannah Lukomski, Lucas Dini, Anthony Damitio, AJ de Leon, and Alisa Das.

The 2017 State case, crafted by King County Superior Court Judge William Downing, involved a manslaughter charge against a Google-like company that was testing a self-driving car. It was inspired by the modern developments in artificial intelligence and self-driving car technology. In the case, the driver of a prototype self-driving car, Isaac Arias, crashes into an Amish-like mule-drawn cart. The company was being fictitiously "prosecuted" for reckless or negligent conduct that failed to protect the deceased driver.

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