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Downstate school wins NYSBA’s mock trial

In competition before a packed federal courtroom in Albany recently, students from William Floyd High School in Suffolk County edged out the team from Mount Academy High School in Ulster County, to capture the 2012-13 New York State High School Mock Trial Tournament.

Teams argued the fictional case of Morgan Martin v. Cattaraugus Programming University, in which a university was sued for deceptive business practices for allegedly providing a prospective student with misleading statements regarding loan practices and opportunities for transfer of credits.

Justice Karen K. Peters, presiding justice of the Appellate Division, Third Department, presided over the final round of competition May 21 at the James T. Foley Federal Courthouse.

Six regional winners from throughout the state competed in the semi-finals, with the two winners facing each other in the finals last week.

The other semifinalists were Frewsburg High School (Chautauqua County), Jamesville-DeWitt High School (Onondaga County), Saratoga Central Catholic High School (Saratoga County) and Tottenville High School (Staten Island).