Akron -- Members of the Hudson Mock Trial, who argued a Miranda violation, have advanced to regionals.

Hudson High School had three teams competing Feb. 1. with one team advancing to regionals, according to coach and alumna attorney Sarah Hulburt.

The three teams make up the Hudson Mock Trial group with all members planning to attend the Feb. 22 regional competition at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas to support the competing team, Hulburt said.

Members competing in regionals include Carolyn Turkaly, John Douglass, Michael Spaans, Bridget Sciscento, and Jacob Karcher. The top two regional teams advance to state.

The Hudson Mock Trial consists of Hudson High School students who take on the roles of attorneys, witnesses and the defendant. This year the trial focused on the State of Ohio for its violation of defendant Dakota Allen's right against incrimination in a murder case at the Summit County Court of Common Pleas. Police failed to administer Miranda warnings prior to custodially questioning Allen about an alleged school arson that led to the death of a janitor.

Led by Best Attorney winners Carolyn Turkaly and Taehan Lee, along with Best Witness victors Michael Spaans and Kelly Niewolak, Hudson Mock Trial advanced from Districts to the Ohio High School Regional Competition Feb. 22.

"We are only in our second year of existence, in the best District in the state, so we knew we had to litigate aggressively and confidently, yet with the class and polish of true trial lawyers," Hulburt said. "The fact that we took home Best Attorney and Witness awards really speaks to the depth and caliber of performance Hudson Mock Trial team put forth in advancing. I would challenge any team or lawyer to face us in trial."

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