It’s great that you’re passionate about getting the story of Jerry’s wrongful conviction out. While a mock trial can be a powerful tool for raising awareness and generating discussion, it’s important to be aware of some potential issues and considerations:

Legality: While enacting a fictional scenario is generally legal, be sure to avoid directly portraying real people or events as this could raise libel concerns. Ensure all names and details are clearly fictionalized.

Accuracy: Ensure the mock trial presents a balanced and accurate portrayal of the case, with evidence and arguments representing both sides. Consulting with legal experts or individuals familiar with the case can help ensure fairness and credibility.

Transparency: Be upfront about the nature of the project and its lack of compensation. Potential participants should be fully informed about the mock trial’s purpose and its non-commercial nature.

Impact: Consider the potential impact on individuals involved in the real case, including the victim’s family, Jerry himself, and anyone else directly affected. Ensure the project approaches the topic with sensitivity and respect.

Here are some alternative approaches you might consider:

  • Documentary: A well-researched and balanced documentary can delve deeper into the case and explore Jerry’s story in greater detail.
  • Publicity campaign: Generate media attention through press releases, social media, and online petitions to raise awareness of Jerry’s case.
  • Support advocacy groups: Partner with existing organizations working towards exonerating the wrongly convicted to amplify your efforts.

Remember, the focus should be on seeking justice for Jerry and raising awareness of wrongful convictions, not sensationalizing the tragedy. Approach the project with sensitivity, accuracy, and respect for all those involved.

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