The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals returns to the Huntington campus
Tuesday, Sept. 18, to conduct a session that includes four distinctive cases.
The Court’s appearance will be its fifth in the past eight years at Marshall, but first since 2009. It is one of the many events to be staged during Constitution Week at MU, which begins Monday, Sept. 10, and concludes Thursday, Sept. 27.
The docket for the Supreme Court’s visit can be found at http://www.courtswv.gov/supreme-court/calendar/2012/dockets/sept-18-12ad.html. The session begins at 10 a.m. in the Joan C. Edwards Performing Arts Center.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the session and a reception honoring the judges which follows in the Performing Arts Center lobby. In addition to hors d’oeuvres, pizza will be served.
The five Supreme Court justices hear appeals of decisions over all matters decided in the circuit courts, including criminal convictions affirmed on appeal from magistrate court and appeals from administrative agencies.
Menis E. Ketchum II is the Court’s chief justice. He is a former member and chairman of Marshall University’s board of governors. Other justices are Robin Jean Davis, Brent D. Benjamin, Margaret L. Workman and Thomas E. McHugh.
Obstructing an officer, negligence and first-degree murder convictions will be appealed during the session. A simple way to describe the other case to be heard, which is actually the first on the docket, is, “Can my neighbor order my dog killed?” It deals with dog-related injuries sustained by a 2-year-old girl.
“It is a very interesting docket,” said Dr. Alan Gould, director of the John Deaver Drinko Academy, which sponsors Constitution Week activities. “We invite all students, faculty and members of the community to join us as the Court hears and rules on these noteworthy appeals.”
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