Student jurors find ‘Little Pig’ not guilty of murder; pig freed

| May 7, 2010 | 0 Comments

Students from 1st Sgt. Samuel K. Solomon Jr. Elementary School listen to the defense counsel question a witness during the mock trial, “Big Bad Wolf vs. Little Pig,” held by the 25th Infantry Division Staff Judge Advocate, April 27, at Schofield Barracks. The mock trial was held as part of Law Day to teach students how the military judicial system works. Big Bad Wolf accused pig of intentionally trying to boil and eat him in Law Day mock trial 

Story and Photo by
Spc. Mahlet Tesfaye
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The scene in the courtroom was tense as the Little Pig pleaded for her life. In the end, the students of Wheeler and 1st Sgt. Samuel K. Solomon Jr. Elementary schools found her not guilty.

As part of Law Day, the 25th Infantry Division Staff Judge Advocate held a mock trial, “Big Bad Wolf vs. Little Pig,” at Wheeler and Solomon Elementary schools, April 27, here. 

Law Day, a national holiday that occurs May 1 every year, celebrates the rule of law and the history of the judicial system in the U.S. 

The defendant and the plaintiff of the mock trial were based on the characters Little Pig and Big Bad Wolf from the children’s book, “Three Little Pigs,” to familiarize students with the case and the military court-martial system. 

“It was a good way to be able to take something from their childhood and connect it to real life things that we do, generally, as an attorney and to what we do specifically in the Judge Advocate General,” said Capt. Victoria Starks, administrative law attorney who played Little Pig’s character during the trial. Little Pig, the defendant, was accused of trying to intentionally boil and cook Big Bad Wolf, the plaintiff. 

The trial counsel and defense counsel presented their cases to the judge and a panel of students chosen from the schools to act as jurors.

“Our intention is to show them how the military court system works, and to actually give the kids a chance to be a part of that justice system,” said Capt. Faith Coutier, operational law attorney and the judge at the trial. 

“It is to get them involved in the trial, listen to the story of both parties and decide for themselves if the defendant is guilty or not,” Coutier added.

The panel of students listened to the plaintiff’s, defendant’s and witnesses’ testimonies of the events leading up to the day Little Pig allegedly committed attempted murder. 

Then, they were asked to leave the room and deliberate on who was telling the truth, and if Little Pig was innocent or not. 

After deliberation, the students found Little Pig not guilty. 

“It is so interesting to see how their minds work and how they pick up on the details,” said Coutier.

“It’s like a civics lesson,” said Sgt. 1st Class Dean Neighbors, chief paralegal noncommissioned officer who played the Big Bad Wolf character in the trial. “This trial was to make them think about the law and the judicial system.

“Hopefully, this event will make them think about the government, being able to participate in the government, having a say as a community member, and getting involved in the community,” Neighbors added.

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