We are pleased to announce that Hunter Becker, a graduate from Florida State University, is the winner of the 2020 ChapmanAlbin Law School Scholarship Essay Contest. Mr. Becker’s essay was selected from over 200 entries. He will be awarded $1,000 to be used towards tuition and/or expenses at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts.
For this year’s essay, scholarship applicants were asked to choose one super villain to defend or one superhero to prosecute in a court of law and present their case.
Read Hunter’s winning essay below.
City of Gotham v. Batman
 Gotham Trial Court No. 1
The District Attorney will be representing the City of Gotham in prosecuting Batman on the grounds of 15 counts of first-degree murder. The prosecution is seeking maximum life in prison for the defendant. The D.A. will have his opening statements presented to the judge and jury.
D.A: A murderer is in Gotham, claiming to protect people but at what cost? He is no different than the people he is killing, those trapped in cycles of poverty and crime and he thinks justice is killing them, he thinks he is above the law. Jury I say, no one is above the law. We will explain to you the atrocities that have happened not once, nor twice, but 15 times over the course of 15 years of his vigilante career. We have his closest ally, Robin, testifying to these crimes. I will explain the murders and then let Robin take the stand under oath and testify that these murders have happened.
The 15 murders are as follows:
1. Defendant shoved a bomb down a man’s pants and shoved him in a hole to explode.
2. Defendant blew up a criminal known as Joker’s factory which was filled with workers.
3. Defendant punched a man into an acid vat.
4. Defendant knocked a man onto a sword.
5. Defendant failed to save a man named Ra’s al Ghul after not stopping him from boarding a train that was being derailed, which crashes and Ghul dies.
6. Defendant failed to save a man named Abattoir from falling into a vat of liquefied metal, plunging to his death soon after.
7. Defendant snapped a man’s neck in a window.
8. Defendant stabbed a man named Reverse-Flash with a sword through the torso.
9. Defendant hurled a large crate at a man’s head in a warehouse.
10. Defendant hanged a mental patient from the air with a noose.
11. Defendant locked a man named KGBeast in a room, barricading the door and having no way of survival. Thus, killing him.
12. Defendant threw a Molotov cocktail directly at a group of criminals, lighting them on fire.
13.Defendant, and accomplice Superman, beat a man named Green Arrow to death in an alleyway.
14. Defendant stopped the heart of a mental patient named Bane with shock gloves.
15. Defendant shot a Radion bullet into an alien known as Darkseid, eventually killing him from Radion poison.
Your honor I call Robin to the stand. Robin you are incredibly close to Batman, correct?
Robin: Correct, Sir.
D.A.: And you have witnessed these murders as you saw them happen before your eyes, correct?
D.A.: So, you are telling me that Batman has killed 15 people in the name of justice, and there is no mistake that it was him who did the killing?
Robin: That is true…
D.A.: No further questions. The prosecution rests.
The investor rights attorneys at ChapmanAlbin, LLC congratulate Mr. Becker and all who participated in this year’s Essay Contest. If you are a current or incoming law student, be on the look-out for our next scholarship opportunity in Spring 2021.
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