The judges huddled briefly before Abany read their decision. They upheld the ruling by the California courts.
"Once a right is given to someone, it is unconstitutional to then snag that right away from them,'' Abany said.
Grundy and Sherlock are seniors in Pike's constitutional law class at Haverhill High. Before Friday's event, organizers from the Haverhill Bar Association asked Pike if his class could do something special for Law Day. Pike and his class then decided on doing mock oral arguments in front of "Supreme Court" judges played by the local judges. The class wanted to argue a case receiving Supreme Court attention recently, and decided on this case over the "Obamacare" case.
After the verdict, Sherlock and Grundy talked about the importance of being able to argue the case.
"Cases that determine the rights of minorities are incredibly important,'' Sherlock said. "It's essential to our country."
"It definitely opens our eyes a little wider than it usually would," Grundy said. "This issue is definitely a hot topic.''
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Cranton receives Liberty Bell Award
The Haverhill Bar Association presented the 2012 Liberty Bell award to Joan Cranton during the Law Day festivities.
Cranton has been a member of the Santa Parade Committee for the last 25 years and is a member of the board at the YWCA, among other philanthropic activities she does in Haverhill.
Thomas Sullivan, a Haverhill lawyer and fellow member of the Santa Parade Committee, presented the award to Cranton.