Case Description

On January 2nd, 2005, off-duty police officer Jamie Conmey heard a radio transmission come over dispatch saying that two suspects had just robbed Joe’s Corner Store. The description said that the perpetrators were wearing white T-shirts and blue jeans, appeared to be teenagers, and had taken the cash in a brown paper bag. Officer Conmey saw a teenager dressed in a white shirt and jeans climbing a fence in an alleyway. Officer Conmey pulled over and told the teenager to come down. The teenager stopped climbing the fence but did not come down. Seconds later, Officer Conmey shot the teenager in the side. Officer Conmey claims to have seen a gun, though no weapon was found at the scene. The teenager, Max Jeffries, was rushed to the hospital as quickly as possible, where the teenager almost immediately fell into a coma – a state in which the teenager remains today.
Max’s parents, Sean and Leigh Jeffries, filed suit against the Polk County Police Department, alleging that the actions of Officer Conmey, who committed suicide shortly after the incident, and thus the Polk County Police Department, deprived Max Jeffries of Jeffries’ constitutional rights to due process of law. The Jeffries allege that as a result of the actions of Officer Conmey and the Polk County Police Department, their child experienced life-threatening injuries, and as such they are entitled to damages.
— American Mock Trial Association

Competitors

MIAMI A | TEAM 992

Captains: Nick Borger, Matt Dimuzio

  Back Row: Gus Lazares (2010) Matt DiMuzio (2007), Dan Richards (2007) Nick Borger (2008), Ryan Blough (2007) Front row: Stephanie Patton (2007), Katie Tilenni (2008), Whitney Benson (2008)

Back Row: Gus Lazares (2010) Matt DiMuzio (2007), Dan Richards (2007) Nick Borger (2008), Ryan Blough (2007) Front row: Stephanie Patton (2007), Katie Tilenni (2008), Whitney Benson (2008)

Notable Finishes and Awards

  • Eleventh place finish at Nationals
  • All-American Witness Award for Nick Borger's portrayal of Cooper
  • All-American Attorney Award for Dan Richards
  • Fourth place finish at Rhodes Invitational Tournament