By Matt Pahulick
Constitution Day was observed Sept. 17 with a presentation by Judge Mark Betleski of the Elyria Court of Common Pleas. To get things off to a good start, Kevin Nieves, leader of Los Unidos, Student Senate President Kionna McIntosh and Vice President Benjamin Willets engaged the hungry crowd in the cafeteria by asking some light trivia questions about the constitution.
After trivia, Karl Schneider, president of the Lorain Writers Society, read a small poem entitled “The Truest Words Written”, regarding the powerful rights contained in the Constitution and the resilient freedom it offers.
Nieves then gave a presentation on how voting effects every person and how everyone’s lives are affected by each politician elected. A small skit was played out to show the overall importance of voting before the main speaker Betleski was introduced.
Betleski described his position in the Common Pleas Court, handling felony crimes and civil suits. He said many times he’s seen defendants in drug cases try to seek protection from the Fourth Amendment, which protects against unlawful search and seizure. In many other cases, the Constitution is not mentioned.
“Do I see it in my life very often? No,” said Betleski. He went on to describe a few real-world examples of how the Constitution can and can’t be applied. In regards to the Fourth Amendment, Betleski closed by advising students to “never shy away from a friendly and comfortable conversation.”