Our local bar raises the bar

As we've done in the past, we covered two trials last week where seniors from high schools across Escambia County (Ala.) made up the jury pool to decide the fate of two suspects charged with real crimes.

Sponsored by the Escambia County Bar Association, the Law Day experience has not only won the bar association multiple national awards, it provides a great learning experience for our students.

These are not mock trials. The 12 high school seniors who make up the jury have the responsibility to listen to the evidence, deliberate and return a verdict. If found not guilty, the suspect goes fr...