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Sixteen teams from 12 high schools are competing this week in the courtroom. It's a Mock Trial competition sponsored by the Pennsylvania Bar Association.

The teams go to court to compete over the same case, a crane collapse in Philadelphia that cost two lives. Is it a tragic accident or the unavoidable result of bad business practices.

Winners in the competition move on to state finals in Harrisburg. The statewide winner will compete nationally in Indianapolis in May.

"Everybody likes to argue a little bit," Fort LeBoeuf's Bradley Pier told us. "but this is civilized arguing."

The students take a class that studies court proceedings and the real case, then divide the parts of attorneys and witnesses. The judges sit as jurors and real Common Pleas Court Judge Stephanie Domitrovich volunteered to oversee some of the competition.

"Presentation and working as a team," Northwestern advisor Jeff Wolford told us, "those are big things that they get out of it."

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