Phillyburbs.com reported that Heather Mazzanti, Interim Director of Forensic Science, participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at the Burlington County Courthouse, April 27. She helped entertain more than 100 children with a mock trial based on iconic Dr. Seuss characters, as reported by staff writer Matt Chiappardi.
Heather Mazzanti, daughter of court administrative specialist Donna Mazzanti, has been helping with the mock trials for five years.
She played Dr. Seuss, recast as a forensics investigator. It was an appropriate role since Mazzanti is the interim director of the forensics program at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa. She also designed the forensics program for the day.
The children filled the jury box and the gallery and acted as a mass jury for the trial.
Hannah Hampton, 13, of Southampton, paid extra- special attention to the presentation.
She wants to be a criminal prosecutor when she’s old enough.
“I was really surprised that everybody voted not guilty,” Hannah said. “I’ve never seen that happen before.”
Natalie Schwartzwalder, 9, of Southampton, is also considering a career in criminal justice.
She said she was delighted to play the part of a sheriff’s officer, and had the opportunity to handcuff and arrest Cindy Lou Who at the end of the trial.
“It was so much fun,” Natalie said.
Her older sister, Caroline, 13, is considering a career in the arts and learned a few new things Thursday.
“The prosecutor is not allowed to talk to or influence the jury,” she said. “I didn’t know that.”