Trial of the Three Blind Mice

By: Anna Whaley

Original Nursery Rhyme

Three blind mice, three blind mice,
See how they run, see how they run,
They all ran after the farmer's wife,
Who cut off their tails with a carving knife,
Did you ever see such a thing in your life,
As three blind mice?
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Words to Use

- Arrest
- Bail
- Felony or Misdemeanor
- Grand Jury
- Indictment
- Public Defender
- Arraignment
- Plea Bargaining
- Petit Jury
- Witness
- Subpoena
- Defendant
- Prosecution
- Perjury
- Judge
- Verdict
- Acquitted or convicted
- Appeal

There I was just minding my own business, when these three rodents come rushing at me. Of course I do what anyone would do and turn tail and run. All I hear is the little pitter patter of mice feet behind me so I grabbed the first thing I saw (a carving knife) and prepared to use it. I yelled at the mice to stop, I mean they were blind not deaf, and they didn't so I swung. The blade was used in self defense, and its not like I killed them, I just chopped off their tails. They ran to the phone and called the cops on me. When the police came to my door, they placed me under arrest and off to the courtroom I went. The government had issued a subpoena so I was required to attend the trial. Since I don't have enough money for a private lawyer, the government provided me a public defender. I was labeled as the defendant. The mice indicted me of three counts of attempted murder, which is a felony. The trial only went down from there.. After we were sworn in, I may have told a perjury about the sequence of events. I said that the mice were clawing and scratching me and I had no choice but to use the knife. There were no reliable witnesses, so the petit jury and the judge had to reach a verdict based on word alone. The grand jury of course had reviewed this case before the start of the trial. The final decision was that I was convicted of attempted murder. The mice were successful in their prosecution. The judge read aloud the arraignment, however false I believed it to be didn't matter. We of course filed an appeal, and was denied that as well as the option of a bail. Our last resort was a plea bargaining, and although it was close, was also denied. So here I am an innocent rotting in jail while the real offenders got off scot-free.