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ONU Mock Trial Team Qualifies for National Tournament

ONU’s Mock Trial Team 448 qualified for the National Mock Trial Tournament last weekend, when they finished in a tie for seventh place at the Cincinnati Regional Qualifying Tournament. Members of the team are: Dan Arant (SO HIST Lima, OH), Alexandra Habbouche (SO Political Science Oregon, OH), Dan Jones (SR PLSC Ashland, OH), Jesse Longbrake (SR PLSC New Carlisle, OH), Steve Kesslar (JR Journalism New Kensington, PA), Brad King (SR Literature Perrysburg, OH), Sheila Willamowski (JR PLSC Lima, OH), and Matt Wiseman (JR History Findlay, OH). Team 448 will travel to Hamilton, OH to compete in the first round of nationals that takes place March 20-22. Six teams will advance from this round to the final competition held in Des Moines, IA in April. ONU will be competing against other top flight teams in Hamilton, including Case Western, Notre Dame, Pennsylvania, and St. John’s. The team will be arguing the case, Walton v. Blitz News Network. This is a civil case, in which the plaintiff Walton, a politician who ran on an anti-gun control platform, was linked to a gun suicide by BNN. Walton subsequently lost the election, and is suing the news network for defamation of character.