Murder In Idaho: A Mock Trial

Developed by:
Dr. Katherine G. Aiken and Sally Greene
University of Idaho

This role playing simulation recreates the trial of William "Big Bill" Haywood, Secretary-Treasurer of the Western Federation of Miners (WFM), for the murder of former Idaho Governor Frank Steunenberg. Steunenberg federalized the National Guard to crush a strike by the miner's union in the Coeur d'Alene mining district in 1899. Six years later, the former governor was fatally injured when a bomb exploded as he opened the gate to his home. Local authorities soon arrested Harry Orchard, who admitted to doing the killing, but claimed that officials of the WFM had him to do so. Students re-enact the trial and a student jury renders its own verdict.

A full web version of the mock trial materials will be available soon. In the meantime, you can download printable versions in either MS Word or Adobe Acrobat versions.

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