Trial of Napoleon Bonaparte
from the Cochrane Eagle
this is a trial that would have been fun to have covered
as a reporter - the court appearance of one Napoleon
Bonaparte, former emperor of France.
Bonaparte was charged by Cochrane High School, Alberta,
Canada, with having been responsible for thousands
of deaths and usurping power from the Government of
had to argue his fate in front of a lawyer-turned
judge and a jury of spectators. The prosecution and
defence teams were made up of students and mixed the
trial with scripted and ad-lib evidence.
correspondent, Marcel Groenland, attended proceedings
as the Duke of Wellington and had to give evidence
against the man he defeated at Waterloo.
said there was a great crowd in the Cochrane courthouse
for the first trial - Bonaparte having to face a second
school-based grilling only days after being found
not guilty by six votes to one in his first appearance.
for Marcel and his co-prosecutors, the second trial
was a not-guilty whitewash and the jury was unanimous
in Bonaparte's acquittal - and only took three minutes
prosecution, including me, was not too happy about
it, but what can you do?" Marcel reported.
must say it was very exciting. There was a great crowd
the first time. The first time was, in my opinion,
the better one because the second time we knew the
good on you Marcel for taking part in a great trial
and thanks for letting us know about it.