After 5 years teaching in the US, I'm back home in France, where I'm writing a young adult novel inspired from my experience in a college prep, and in part of this novel, I have the kids participate in a mock trial. I'm trying to make up a case, but I know very little about US laws, especially since it changes from state to state. My basic idea was a guy being sued for blowing up a monument in a city, and the backstory was that he was a UFO geek (conspiracy theories and whatnot) and was convinced the monument was a disguised UFO. My question is, I assume it'd be a criminal trial, but I have no idea what kind of charges would be talked about, and if it would be "city against man" or "state against man" or something else? Does anyone know what's likely to be discussed in a case like this, who exactly would the prosecution be? Would "endangering others" be a big factor even if there was no one around when it happened and there was no victim? (I picked "homicide" as a topic because I had to pick something).
Thanks in advance