Contact: Sally W. Rankin/Maria
Court Information Office
Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal
For Immediate Release
Students To Visit Court Wednesday To Learn
About The Ramifications of Driving Drunk
(ANNAPOLIS, MD—April 2, 2002) For
the third time in two years, area high school students will find themselves
in Anne Arundel County District Court Judge Vincent Mulieri’s courtroom.
Fortunately, the students will once again be court observers, not defendants,
as part of the Maryland Judiciary’s ‘Schools in the Court’ program.
“The ‘Schools in the Court’ program
has been a very successful tool for teaching high school students about
the real-life consequences of driving under the influence of alcohol,”
said Judge Mulieri, who started the program last year. “As the program
continues to gain momentum, we hope it will reach more and more students
across the state.”
The program will be held on Wednesday,
April 3 at 9:00 a.m. in Courtroom 1, Anne Arundel County District Court.
Students will watch as Judge Mulieri listens to real drunk driving cases,
then passes judgment on the cases. District Court Chief Judge James Vaughan
will then open up the courtroom for a question-and-answer period, followed
by discussion with Judge Mulieri on more serious drunk driving cases such
as automobile manslaughter.
Harold Rohrback, of the Drunk Driving
Monitor Program, will then give a presentation on probation. After a brief
recess, students will participate in a roundtable forum with members from
the Public Defender’s office, the State’s Attorney’s office, MADD, and
Media are encouraged to attend. For
more information, please call the Court Information Office at 410/260-1488.