Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building
361 Rowe Boulevard
|For Immediate Release||CONTACT:||Rita Buettner
(ANNAPOLIS, Md. — March 30, 2006) More than 100 area students will get an up-close look at the court system and learn about the real-life impacts of drinking and driving on Wednesday, April 5, during the Anne Arundel County District Court’s 10th “Schools in the Courts” program.
With prom season approaching, the Anne Arundel County high school students will sit in on live, actual criminal cases heard before District Judge Vincent A. Mulieri. The three-hour program is designed to educate students about the justice system and make them aware of the repercussions for drinking and driving, drug use, and other crimes.
“I want to be able to show the students what the consequences are for making wrong choices in life when it comes to drinking and driving and committing crimes,” said Judge Mulieri, who created “Schools in the Courts” in spring of 2001. “I want them to have a greater appreciation for what can happen when you make poor decisions.”
After the court cases, Chief Judge Ben C. Clyburn of the District Court of Maryland, Administrative Law Judge Yvette N. Diamond, Anne Arundel County Assistant State’s Attorney Danny Andrews, Anne Arundel County Police Cpl. T.J. Bathras, and Leslie Thomas of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will address the students. Don Kumer, of the state Department of Parole and Probation, will discuss the requirements of probation and the financial burden of a drunk driving conviction.
addition, formerly convicted drunk drivers will offer first-person
accounts of how their decisions have affected their lives.
The program will begin at 9 a.m. and end around noon. Members of the media are encouraged to attend. Please contact the Court Information Office at (410) 260-1488 in advance if you want to attend or have questions about when and where cameras will be permitted.
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