Hero or terrorist? Base students host trial of Luke Skywalker with JAG help

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A Stormtrooper, played by fourth-grader Bobby Silva, is cross-examined by the defense during the mock trial of Luke Skywalker in Vilseck, Germany, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES)
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A Stormtrooper, played by fourth-grader Bobby Silva, is cross-examined by the defense during the mock trial of Luke Skywalker in Vilseck, Germany, Tuesday, May 1, 2018. (MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES)

Hero or terrorist? Base students host trial of Luke Skywalker with JAG help

by: Martin Egnash | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: May 02, 2018

VILSECK, Germany — In a courtroom far, far, away, Luke Skywalker was found not guilty of charges of galactic terrorism by base elementary school children during an educational trial on Tuesday.

The trial, part of the base’s “Law Day,” had two fourth-grade classes act as judges, lawyers and the jury in the trial of Skywalker. Base Judge Advocate General Corps lawyers assisted each side in making their case.

“The primary benefit is to give them an understanding of the American legal system of justice that may be different than what they see in the movies or on TV,” said Dr. Bill Hunter, the teacher in charge of the program. “This allowed students to experience the legal system in a way in which they can understand with characters that many of them already know.”

“I think this is a great opportunity for the kids to learn about how trials work, and what lawyers do. I mean, as a kid, how many chances to you ever get to talk to a lawyer and ask questions?” said Capt. Benjamin Hewett, the JAG representing Skywalker’s defense.

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