By Karen Huwe
The Times 

Guilty Without Prejudice

 

December 21, 2023

Karen Huwe

Some members of the court, (l-r) Assistant defense attorney Trace Nesje, Vayden Guay (George Milton weeping after verdict), defense attorney Akayden Mikesell,  Hannah Peralez (Curley, Lennie smashed his hand),  Rollin Carpenter (Crooks, named because of crooked back,) and defense attorney Jasper Sweet

WAITSBURG-Waitsburg School students acted as jurors in the State of California vs. George Milton, in the murder of Lennie Small, and delivered a verdict of dismissed without prejudice.

The names of the defendant and victim will sound familiar to those familiar with John Steinbeck's "Of Mice and Men."

The mock trial based on the famous book was held in Shannon Schreindl's high school freshmen classroom. In the first trial that afternoon, all present rose when Judge Schriendl was introduced. Prosecuting attorney Quinn Benavides called witnesses Crooks, Boss, Carlson, and the girl from Weed, a...



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