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On the Road Again: Supreme Court to Hear Three Cases at Puyallup’s Pierce College Campus This WeekFebruary 09, 2009
The Washington Supreme Court’s nine justices will lunch with students, speak to classes regarding the constitution, legal careers and hear arguments on real cases in a community visit to Pierce College (Puyallup Campus) February 11-12.
The state’s highest court is located in Olympia in the Temple of Justice on the state capitol grounds. Since 1985, the Court has heard cases “on the road” three times a year in an outreach effort allowing citizens to see the court in action in their local communities.
“The Court enjoys visiting our state’s local colleges,” says Chief Justice Gerry Alexander. “In addition to the students, we encourage anyone interested in learning more about the judicial branch of government to see the workings of the highest court up close and personal.”
All Washington Supreme Court oral arguments are open to the public, and are broadcasted at a later date via Washington’s Public Affairs network, TVW.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, February 12th, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders, Tom Chambers, Susan Owens, Mary Fairhurst, James M. Johnson and Debra Stephens will hear the following arguments on the following cases in the College Center Building, Level 1:
· No. 80850-3, State (respondent) v. Pugh (petitioner): Whether statements in a 911 call constituted testimonial hearsay inadmissible under the federal and state constitutional right of confrontation, and if not, whether the Washington constitution requires the State to show the caller was unavailable as a witness before the caller’s statements can be admitted as excited utterances.
· No. 80941-1, State (respondent) v. Garvin (petitioner): Whether a police officer exceeded the permissible scope of a frisk for weapons pursuant to an investigative stop when he squeezed the defendant’s pocket to determine the nature of objects inside the pocket, discovering narcotics.
· No. 81328-1, In re Estate of Pamela L. Kissinger, Leonard Hoss (respondent) Joshua Hoge (petitioner): Whether, under the “slayer statute,” which prohibits a person from receiving any property or benefit from someone he “willfully” and “unlawfully” killed, a killing is “unlawful” if the perpetrator is found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity, and whether “willfulness” requires intent and design or only knowledge.
Immediately following arguments in the two cases, the justices will answer questions from the audience, then recess to conference on the cases until 12:30 p.m. Justices will then have lunch with students of Pierce College and reconvene at 1:30 p.m. to hear the last case of the day, In re: Estate of Kissinger.
Though cameras and video recorders are generally allowed, the Court asks that no flash, other lights or noisy film advance mechanisms be used during the hearings. Only one television camera will be allowed to film the oral arguments; other TV stations are asked to pool coverage.
Written opinions are rendered approximately three to six months after oral arguments. For further information regarding the Court, visit the Washington Courts web site at www.courts.wa.gov.
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