News in Brief: Mock Trial Team Places in Regionals

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For the second consecutive year in its short three-year history, UC Berkeley's mock-trial team advanced beyond the American Mock Trial.

The team qualified to advance to the next round after placing in the top five at regionals held in Walnut, California earlier this month.

At regionals, individual awards went to Colin Alexander, who tied for best witness, and to Justin Bernstein, president of the team, who was named best attorney.

Danielle De Smith, vice president of the team, said she is optimistic about their chances at nationals.

"This is the strongest team we've had in the history of the organization," she said.

De Smith, however, admitted that the team is at a disadvantage.

"We don't have any funding and we don't have a coach," she said. "Other teams do not have the same performance barrier-they are just machines."

Bernstein said their toughest competition will be from Rhodes University.

The team's six to eight members are waiting to hear if they will be sent to St. Paul, Minnesota or Des Moines, Iowa. If sent to St. Paul, they will have to place in the top four to head to nationals in Des Moines April 5-7.

Julia Simon

Hospital Releases

Shooting Victim

The victim of Friday night's shooting in South Berkeley was released from the hospital last weekend.

Ramon Morales was shot once in the back after a barrage of bullets were fired at his apartment on the 2700 block of Sacramento Street.

The shooting is under investigation, but so far police have not identified any suspects, said Berkeley police Capt. Bobby Miller.

Contrary to initial reports, Miller said police believe Morales may have been the intended target of the shooting.

Nate Tabak

Police Investigate

Alleged Rape

A woman was raped on Southside early Saturday morning, police said Monday.

The 30-year-old woman was forced to perform oral sex and have intercourse with her attacker between three and five a.m., after meeting him at a local party Friday night, said Berkeley police Capt. Bobby Miller.

The rape allegedly occurred at the attacker's house in Berkeley, where the woman was held against her will for several hours, Miller said.

The suspect has not yet been arrested.

Nate Tabak


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