By Matthew Adkins
The auditorium of Jesse Bethel High School was temporarily transformed into a courtroom Tuesday morning as part of an educational presentation for the students.
Beginning at 8 a.m., Solano Superior Court Judge Daniel Healy and company held an actual DUI trial in front of the student audience, including real attorneys, a defendant and an outcome.
The school’s AP Government and Politics teacher Scott Heinecke was responsible for nearly half of the 225 students in attendance. Heinecke explained the trial is part of his curriculum, and is important because it has a stronger take-home effect than a mock trial would.
“It’s a real defendant, a real bailiff, a real everything,” Heinecke said. “I have seniors in there who are becoming adults and may soon face the decision to drink and drive. It’s good for them to see the consequences before actually being in that situation.”