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When we got to the third floor, there were two cases going on. One case had a “please be quiet” sign in front of the door, and all the observation seats in the courtroom were filled. The second case’s door was open and there was only one person observing, so we chose that one because it seemed less threatening. The courtroom was relatively small and the only people that were really in the room were people that needed to be present during the court hearing including the lawyers, witnesses, judge, court reporter and jury. There was only one other person observing besides the people I came with. Once we got settled into our seats, it was immediately obvious that the person was on defense for driving under the influence of alcohol. The witness currently on stand was the office who pulled the defendant over. The person asking him questions was the prosecuting attorney, who we later had the opportunity to interview. The prosecutor was asking the witness very detailed, specific and precise questions about the night of the DUI. These questions included asking about the surroundings and environment of that night, including where they were located and a description of the cement sidewalk where the sobriety tests were performed. The witness was also asked to describe, very specifically, which field sobriety tests he asked the defendant to perform. The three tests that he had described were the lack of smooth pursuit test, the Romberg Test and to stand on one leg. The lack of smooth pursuit test is a test where the officer shined a flashlight in the defendant’s eyes and asked him to follow his finger with his eyes. The Romberg Test is a test where a subject is asked to close their eyes and count until they believe they have made it to 30 seconds, with the last test being the subject standing on one leg for however long the officer sees fit. The prosecutor continued…...

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