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The Commonwealth strikes back in another trial for Luke Skywalker

Tom Davidson
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FILE - This file image released by Lucasfilm shows Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." On the last day of the calendar year, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has surpassed “Beauty and the Beast” as the top grossing film in North America in 2017. (John Wilson/Lucasfilm via AP, File)

Fans of “Star Wars” have another chance to see the hero of the iconic franchise brought to justice.

The Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division’s annual Fairy Tales Mock Trials series this year put Luke Skywalker on trial.

It will wrap up its mock trials at 10 a.m. Saturday at Northland Public Library in McCandless.

During the initial mock trail April 13, a jury of 15 kids acquitted Skywalker, portrayed by Pittsburgh lawyer Matthew Feinman. Twelve of the 15 jurors determined Skywalker was not guilty of 5,999 counts of murder in the destruction of the Death Star. Three said he was guilty, said Pittsburgh attorney Catherine S. Loeffler, one of the organizers of the event.

The “trial” is scripted, and a jury is selected from among the children in the crowd who attend.

The trial is put on free and those who attend can dress in their favorite “Star Wars” costumes, she said.

Prior to the first trial, Loeffler speculated the publicity surrounding the case and the legion of fans who look up to Skywalker will make it difficult to get a conviction. It wasn’t immediately clear if a change in venue — from Dormont in the South Hills to the North Hills — will change the sentiments of the jury.

Verdicts have been mixed during the series, which the bar association has put on for several years.

In 2018, Harry Potter was acquitted of crimes he was accused of committing in England.

Goldilocks, meanwhile, was convicted of crimes against three bears when her case was tried previously, Loeffler said.

Tom Davidson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Tom at 724-226-4715, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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