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In the courts of Justice
Date: 10th November 2007 Court room number 3
Judge: Hon. Patrick Ejoor
Presiding Officer: John Smith QC
Usher: Ms Lora James
Prosecuting Counsel acting on behalf of the State:
Barrister Fredrick James Esq.
Paige in Role as Rosa Parks: African – American female
Defence Team: Year 6
Lawrence Spells in role as Dr Martin Luther King: African American – Male
Defence Team: Year 5
Harry Hannat in role as Nelson Mandela: African male
Defence Team: Year 4
The State vs. Rosa Parks
On behalf of the state of Alabama, United States of America, you Mrs Rosa Parks has been charges with the following offences for which you must now stand trial in front of a jury:
1. Committing a public disorderly conduct at around 6pm on Thursday 1st December 1955; when you refused to carry out instructions of a public Officer James Blake to move to a ‘colored’ section of the bus
2. Violation of Chapter 6, section 11 segregation law of the Montgomery City code.
Verdict: Not guilty. Acquitted and discharged
Ruling: The state to pay back $10.00 Mrs Parks was fined and plus $4 in court costs.
The State vs. Dr Martin Luther King
On behalf of the state of Alabama, United States of America, you Dr Martin Luther King has been charges with the following offences for which you must now stand trial in front of a jury:
The charges are:
1. Inciting people to demonstrate against the state by making an inflammatory speech of ‘I have a dream’. This is a treasonable offence under section 4 of the civil disobedience act of 1203.
2. on several occasions, organizing public meetings illegally without the consent of the state authorities in violation of section 9 of the public places meetings act of 1606
3. organizing and leading other civil rights activists in mass demonstrations against the state leading to wide spread civil disobedience and violation of state security.
Verdict: Not guilt. Acquitted and discharged
Ruling: The state must as a matter of urgency take steps to implement the following actions
1. All blacks' must be given a right to vote,
2. The segregation, act established by the Jim Crow laws of 1876 must be abolished
3. All labor rights and other basic civil rights must be implemented for all blacks
4. Civil Rights Act of 1964 must be passed.
5. Voting Rights Act of 1965.must be passed
6. All the above recommendations must be enacted into United States laws Statute
The State vs. Nelson Mandela
On behalf of the State, you Nelson Mandela has been charged with the following offences for which you must now stand trial in front of a jury:
1. That you are one of the people who formed a group known as Umkhonto we Sizwe with a subversive motive to sabotage and overthrow the Government of the Republic of South Africa.
2. you organised a strike action without permission from the state inciting people to go on a rampage destroying government properties and disrupting government functions
3. Leaving the country illegally.
Verdict: Not guilty Acquitted and discharged.
Nelson Mandela is to be awarded an undisclosed amount for loss of earnings, disruption to family life and injustice suffered for 30 years as a result of his imprisonment on Robin Island. The counsels are to discuss and agree this sum behind close doors in the presence of his Honour Chief Justice Patrick Ejoor.
These courts note were prepared by Her Majesty’s Counsel Barrister Fredrick James Esq. on this day of our lord 10th November 2007.
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