Nine students of the Robbie Oberly Mock Trial Team of Shippensburg University competed at American University on Feb. 23 and 24.
The team did not advance to nationals, but many first-time team members had break-out performances, according to criminal justice professor Stephanie Jirard.
The case was about Danny Kosack, who was to appear on “Midlands After Dark” with Alex Grace and his chimpanzee. During the rehearsal, the chimpanzee attacked people in the room.
The writer of the show was killed during the attack. The producer of the show, Midlands Television Studios Inc., and Kosack both sued each other for negligence.
The schools competing against SU were the University of Pennsylvania, Howard University, American University, Elizabethtown College, Drexel University, Franklin and Marshall College, Patrick Henry College, University of Maryland and The College of William and Mary.