NOT GUILTY! Kingsman acquitted in tragic “Egg” case
By Capt. Alexander G. Salloum, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate /
FORT BENNING – Ga. – NOT GUILTY!
After a heated battle between prosecutors and defense counsel, Roy L. Kingsman was found not guilty at a mock trial conducted by Mrs. Brown’s fifth grade class from E.A. White Elementary.
Mr. Kingsman was acquitted by a jury of his fifth grade peers after being charged with the murder of Humpty Dumpty.
The contest was fierce between the prosecution and defense, whose star witnesses were Wily Wolf and Little Red Riding Hood.
The prosecution argued that Kingsman verbally accosted Mr. Dumpty while he sat precariously on a wall, intentionally causing the celebrity Egg to become agitated enough to fall.
This theory, however, could not overcome the defense argument that the evidence was insufficient to meet the required legal standard for conviction of a criminal charge.
When the verdict was announced, a witness exclaimed, “WHAT?!” in clear disbelief of the outcome. Nonetheless, at the end of the trial, Roy L. Kingsman walked to the school bus a free man.
The mock trial was held in the Fort Benning court house and was part of a weeklong celebration of Law Day, which was established by President Dwight Eisenhower in 1958 to commemorate the nation’s commitment to the rule of law.
Since then, every president has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate that commitment.
This year’s celebration at Fort Benning included the mock trial and an art and essay contest, both of which were sponsored by the Fort Benning Law Day Association, supported by the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate.
The art and essay contest required participants to create pictures or essays reflecting this year’s Law Day Theme, “The 14th Amendment: Transforming American Democracy.”
Numerous pictures and essays were entered into the contest, all of which were displayed in the Fort Benning OSJA Legal Assistance waiting area, where clients and members of the OSJA voted for the best entries.
After several days of voting, three fourth grade artists, three fifth grade artists, and three fifth grade writers were chosen as first, second, and third place winners. Every entry, however, was impressive and the competition was exciting.
The Fort Benning Law Day Association held an awards ceremony at the Fort Benning courthouse, following the mock trial to celebrate the accomplishment of these bright young students and their teachers.
The ceremony was attended by family, friends, and teachers of the awardees whose artwork and essays were proudly displayed in the hallway of the courthouse during the ceremony.
Afterwards, the awardees and their families enjoyed cake and refreshments. Each awardee received a certificate of recognition from the Fort Benning Law Day Association for their achievement.
It is clear from the efforts and energy of the students, teachers, family and friends who participated in the mock trial and the art and essay contest, that President Eisenhower would be thrilled to see the fruit of his 1958 proclamation. The whole Fort Benning family should be proud of what its young students and esteemed teachers accomplished on Law Day 2017.