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Sponge law

November 07, 2012

In back from left, Sam Modrzynski, Jack Mayhew, Reece Stachowiak, and Gilbert Rietsch; and front row from left, Frankie Fabrizio, Ryan Snudden, Andrew Pospy, Cris Lowe, and Luke Snudden present their decision. Photos by Phil Custodio
Cub Scout Pack 126 of Clarkston Elementary learned about the court system with a mock civil trial, complete with judge, attorneys, and courthouse.

The officials stayed after hours, Nov. 7, to present the case, with the scouts serving as jury. Todd Kaluzny, usually a defense attorney, represented Spongebob Squarepants in a civil case against the aquatic clothier Fishpants Depot. The sea sponge, represented by an inflated facsimile, bought some pants there but they were round and didn't fit, so he wanted a refund.

Carmen DeFranco, off-duty prosecutor, represented the company, arguing Squarepants altered the pants and thus wasn't entitled to a refund.

The young jurors found in favor of the plaintiff.

The scouts, with Den Leader Kelly Jackson, were also taken on a tour of the courthouse.