Thursday, May 07, 2009
Mock Trial Controversy
Updated: Thursday, 07 May 2009, 9:34 AM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 06 May 2009, 11:02 PM EDT
* Edited By: Leigha Baugham | myfoxatlanta.com
ATLANTA (MyFOX ATLANTA) - A national controversy over a high school mock trial competition scheduled to take place in Atlanta this weekend was apparently resolved Wednesday night.
The controversy stemmed from Massachusetts team who was unable to compete during a competition for religious reasons.
The team from Maimonidies School, an Orthodox Jewish high school in Brookline, Mass., is forbidden for religious reasons to take part on Saturday.
The school petitioned the board to compete instead on Thursday and Friday, but the petition was rejected.
A decision was made by Superior Court Chief Judge Doris Downs that unless accommodations were made allowing the Maimonidies School team to participate, the Fulton County Courthouse facilities would no longer be available for the mock trial competition.