Published on Wednesday, 30 November -0001 00:00
The ninth-grade students of Kimball Area High School recently completed their unit of study on the U.S. Supreme Court. In both the first and sixth hour classes, certain students chose to answer questions on current social topics ranging from abortion to increased school violence. Based on their answers, each class voted to choose nine that would represent them as justices in the State of Illinois v. Sam Wardlow mock court case. Remaining students either chose to be on the lawyer teams for either side or to be reporters who write down the events of the case. In 1995, Sam Wardlow ran after seeing four squad cards pull up to the corner he happened to be standing on. The officers were not on a specific call that involved Wardlow; he was stopped and found to be in possession of an illegal handgun. The Illinois v. Wardlow case was ruled on unanimously by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 that the police have the right to stop and frisk if you are fleeing at the sight of a law enforcement officer. The Kimball civic classes came up with two different and interesting results. The first hour class justices siding 7-2 in favor of Illinois as the written opinion was produced by Justice Cameron Wittenberg. with the sixth hour class, justices siding 5-4 with the Wardlow side in the opinion written by Justice Stacy Gregory.