2016 2017 Mock Trial Case Final Version with 272017 edits 49CASE SUMMARY ROBIN

2016 2017 mock trial case final version with 272017

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2016-2017 Mock Trial Case Final Version with 2/7/2017 edits 49 CASE SUMMARY ROBIN BERKMAN V. COUNTY OF DOVER SUPREME COURT OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, COUNTY OF DOVER INDEX NO: 2016 00914 1. Plaintiff Robin Berkman was 20 years old when Robin 3 was convicted of attempted murder in the second degree and robbery in the first degree in connection with the December 17, 2011 robbery of a convenience store in the Town of Wilmington. Robin was sentenced to two determinate terms of nine years’ imprisonment to ru n concurrently and to be followed by a five-year period of post-release supervision (PRS). 2. Prior to the December 17 robbery, the Dover County Sheriff’s Department (“DCSD”) had been investigating a number of convenience store robberies, none of which had been closed. The lead investigator was Detective Leslie Smith, a 14-year veteran of the DCSD. Detective Smith, along with other members of the DCSD, actively pursued leads relating to the December 17 robbery. Detective Smith was also particularly concerned because the December 17 robbery resulted in grievous injury to the convenience store’s owner, who was shot during the robbery. 3. Detective Smith utilized various techniques to investigate the December 17 robbery, including communicating with confidential informants and collecting evidence. One of those confidential informants, identified as “X,” told Detective Smith that a person the informant knew as “Robin” was involved in the December 17 robbery. Using this limited information, Detective Smith identified three possible suspects, one of whom was the plaintiff, Robin Berkman. Robin, who had always lived in the Town of Wilmington, resided in a small apartment with Robin’s mother Ann and half -sibling Kelly Connolly. The Berkman apartment was several blocks from the convenience store. Robin had no contact with Robin’s father for many years. Robin's mother worked nights, so Robin was the primary caregiver for 3 “Robin,” when stated without an accompanying surname, means Robin Berkman, (1) unless the name “Robin” is offset by quotation marks or (2) except as otherwise provided in these case materials.
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2016-2017 Mock Trial Case Final Version with 2/7/2017 edits 50 Kelly. The other two suspects identified by Detective Smith were Robin Carmichael, a felon with a history of armed robberies, and Robin Roberts, a convicted burglar. 4. Based upon the information received from “X” and the police investigation, Detective Smith arranged to meet Robin Berkman. That initial meeting took place at the Berkman apartment in the Town of Wilmington. Detective Smith explained to Robin that Detective Smith was conducting an investigation regarding the December 17, 2011 convenience store robbery. Robin, who was happy to have a conversation, readily agreed to speak with Detective Smith. Kelly w as present when the interview took place. Robin’s mother was not present and did not know about the interview.
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