Cinderella On Trial

What if Cinderella could really take her evil stepmother to court? A group of Omaha sixth-graders had a chance to find out Friday by serving as a jury.

“Things changed when I married,” said Cinderella, taking the witness stand in a mock trial at the federal courthouse. She plead her case against Lady Tremaine, her evil stepmother, while a jury of sixth-graders from Skinner Magnet School tried to discern between what is fact and fiction.

“I don't know what Cinderella expects from me now, she has all the money in the world,” said Lady Tremaine.

Federal Judge Lyle Strom presided while Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine represented Cinderella, suing for back wages for all those menial chores she had to do before becoming princess.

“She got the prince, she got the money, she got the fairy godmother, she got all of the kingdom,” said evil stepsister Gorgonzola Tremaine. “It all should have been mine, of course.”

It was all scripted and all in fun, but also designed to give kids a glimpse of how the legal system works. “It was interesting because I never did anything like this and it was a new kind of way to look at it because I want to be a lawyer when I grow up,” said student Nadia Spurlock.

The children took what they heard into the jury room and after only a few minutes delivered a verdict. They sided with Cinderella.

“It was pretty amazing how we got to go back into the chambers and pretend as if we were a real jury and come out and tell them what we thought,” said student Elisha Burts.

The mock trial is an annual event put on by the Omaha Bar Association as part of the observance of Law Day. The group plans more events in school classrooms leading up to Law Day, May 1st.

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