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Rodriguez High to be site of DUI trial

By From page A3 | April 09, 2014

FAIRFIELD — The court trial for a defendant charged with driving under the influence in Solano County will take place Wednesday in the multipurpose room at Rodriguez High School, part of a program to show students the consequences of drinking and driving.

Witnesses from the Fairfield Police Department and Solano County Bureau of Forensics will testify during the court hearing. Solano County Superior Court Commissioner Raymond C. Wieser Jr. will preside.

The trial at the high school in Fairfield follows DUI court trials March 19 at Jesse Bethel High School in Vallejo and March 27 at Dixon High School.

The DUI Court in the Schools Program involves the Solano County Superior Court, the District Attorney’s Office, Public Defender’s Office, Sheriff’s Office, County Probation Department and participating school districts in Solano County. The California Administrative Office of the Courts funds the program.

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  • WordupApril 08, 2014 - 7:38 pm

    So the court has a trial hearing to show consequences of driving under the influence ? Seems like it would be subject to personal interest of the court to make sure they find the defendant guilty and thus possibly being a unfair trial dont ya think? i couldnt see any lawyer or public defender for that matter volunteering to go along with some sort of circus act regarding the outcome of such a serious matter.

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  • GraduateApril 09, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    It's not a circus at all. I participated in this DUI trial my senior year at Rodriguez as a juror. It's only for senior also. The government teacher picks the senior who they want to be jurors during the trial (which means you have to show some type of maturity to your teacher during the school year or you won't be picked). Once picked you will be told what day the trial is and to dress appropriately for court. The trial is like an actual trial. We sit there and listen to both sides of the case and once its over we go to a room and deliberate to come up with a verdict, then we come back and give our verdict. The only thing that's fake about the trial is the verdict that we give. What the person on trial actual verdict is left up to the judge. The person on trial really does have a DUI he must have just gotten some type of deal for having his trial at Rodriguez, but everything about it is real. It's a trial that Rodriguez host every year as DUI awareness trial. Considering that five teens just died on their was back from Lake Berryessa due to suspected drunk driving, more schools should have the annual trial.

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