Mock trial case finds impaired driver guilty

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Blake Wasserman looked much different standing in a school courtroom than he did walking away in handcuffs from the scene of a mock crash at the Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning.

Wasserman was at the center of a case that resulted from a simulated fatal crash at the school three weeks ago. Wasserman, a senior at Haughton High School, acted out the role of the impaired driver.

The mock trial included a full prosecution with a judge, jury and attorneys. Following a presentation by the prosecution and defense attorney, a jury of peers found Wasserman guilty for his role in the mock crash.

With these two events, students not only saw how the loss of life impacts a family and community, but how one bad decision affected the driver legally, ultimately changing his life forever.

The mock trial was made possible by the Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, Louisiana State Police, 26th Judicial District Court, Bossier/Webster District Attorney’s Office, Josh Clayton Law Firm, University Health Shreveport, and Bossier Parish School for Technology and Innovative Learning.