How Goldilocks Helps Introduce The Legal System

The prosecution was sure Goldilocks was guilty.
The prosecution was sure Goldilocks was guilty.
The defense put up a very strong case for their client, sitting on the right.
The defense put up a very strong case for their client, sitting on the right.
The Bear family just wanted their house back to normal.
The Bear family just wanted their house back to normal.
The jury listened intently to all the testimony.
The jury listened intently to all the testimony.
Mr. Glen Vogel is a local attorney who has created a unique way to teach young students how the legal system works.
Mr. Glen Vogel is a local attorney who has created a unique way to teach young students how the legal system works.
Judge Rolón asks for order when the Gingerbread Boy identifies Goldilocks as the trespasser.
Judge Rolón asks for order when the Gingerbread Boy identifies Goldilocks as the trespasser.
Shop owner Mr. Bean and the Big Bad Wolf team up against Goldilocks.
Shop owner Mr. Bean and the Big Bad Wolf team up against Goldilocks.
Lawyer Lady Suzanne Manaseri instructs the Jury and asks for their decision.
Lawyer Lady Suzanne Manaseri instructs the Jury and asks for their decision.
Gingerbread Boy, Chicken Little and Ms. Bean were not pleased as the not guilty verdict was read.
Gingerbread Boy, Chicken Little and Ms. Bean were not pleased as the not guilty verdict was read.

Will it be a fairy tale ending for Goldilocks, or will she be sentenced to community service or possibly even prison for breaking the law?

Maplewood’s fifth-graders took part in The Trial of Goldilocks, where they were responsible for deciding Goldilocks fate. For several weeks, Glen Vogel, a local attorney, known around Maplewood as ‘Lawyer Dude’ and his associate Suzanne Manaseri, known as ‘Lawyer Lady’ introduced Maplewood’s fifth graders to our government’s judicial system by inviting them to participate in an actual trial 

In The Trial of Goldilocks, defendants such as Goldilocks parents, her best friend Little Red Riding Hood, Sly Fox, Rocky Raccoon, and Wise Old Owl, to name a few, took the stand to convince a group of fifth grade jurors that Goldilocks did not trespass and cause destruction to the home of Mama Bear, Papa Bear, and Baby Bear. The witnesses, namely The Bear family, Big Bad Wolf, Blind Mouse, Chicken Little, and Gingerbread Boy took the stand to prove Goldilocks guilt.

A full courtroom enjoyed a wonderfully witty and creative story acted out by an equally fabulous group of Maplewood’s fifth graders who are able to develop an understanding of how a trial unfolds through acting. All participants benefited from this fun, interactive, learning experience.

Photo Gallery of the Trial:

Photo Gallery