TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Stacey Shrader Joslin on Nov 29, 2012

The TBA YLD released the case and rules for the 2013 High School Mock Trial Competition this week. This year's scenario features Thor Brush, an investment broker who convinces friends and local businessmen to invest in his company U.R. Rich. While promising to invest in established securities, Brush instead spends the money on a lavish lifestyle. When news of the scheme becomes public, clients realize they have lost everything. Brush is indicted and is awaiting trial, when he suddenly dies when his car careens out of control and crashes. The town’s premier auto mechanic, who had invested with Brush and had recently worked on the car, is arrested after police determine that the brake connections were deliberately loosened. Prosecutors argue that the mechanic – upset about the financial loss – intentionally tampered with the car. The defense places the blame on Brush himself, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was texting, and had fatal levels of heart and migraine medication in his system at the time of the accident. What no one is talking about though is the town’s pharmacist, who also invested with Brush and had just filled his prescriptions prior to the crash! As always, the case offers many opportunities for students for express their creativity, develop persuasive speaking skills and learn the basics of trial procedure.

Special thanks to the TBA YLD Mock Trial Committee, under the leadership of Chair Troy Weston with Eldridge, Blakney & Trant in Knoxville, Candi Henry with Dodson Parker Behm & Capparella in Nashville, chair of the Mock Trial Long Range Planning Committee; and Vice Chair Will Holloway with Schell Binkley & Davies in Franklin, for developing this year's problem. Committee members include Kristen Corn with the City of Franklin Law Department; Joshua Dougan with Rainey, Kizer, Reviere & Bell in Jackson; R. Holland Matthews with the Matthews Firm in Columbia; Bill McManus with the Law Office of William E. McManus Jr. in Jonesborough; Angela B. Rauber with the City of Knoxville Law Department; Robert Sands with Dix & Associates in Murfreesboro; and Tommy Santel with Cope, Hudson, Reed & McCreary in Murfreesboro.

Local competitions will take place throughout the month of February. The state competition will be held in Nashville March 15-16. Learn more on the YLD mock trial website