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Supreme Court to Hear Cases at Peninsula College in Port Angeles Next WeekOctober 22, 2009
The Washington Supreme Court’s nine justices will lunch with students, speak to classes regarding the state and federal constitutions, legal careers and hear arguments on two real cases in a community visit to Peninsula College in Port Angeles from October 26-27, 2009.
The event is open to the public. “In addition to 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,” said Chief Justice Gerry Alexander.
The state’s highest court is located in Olympia in the Temple of Justice on the state capitol grounds. For more than a decade, 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 will lunch with students and hold open forums at Peninsula College on Monday, October 26th from 1:30-3:00 p.m. on topics ranging from “Journalism, history and the Law” Diversity and the Law” and “Preserving rights – controversial topics and the role of the Court”. The Court will end Monday with a reception with the local bar association and dinner with members of the Peninsula College Foundation.
Beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, October 27th, Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Associate Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders, Tom Chambers, Susan J. Owens, Mary Fairhurst, Jim Johnson and Debra Stephens will hear the following case at the College’s Little Theater:
· No. 81688-3 State of Washington v. Clarence Andrew Kintz: Whether a defendant commits the crime of stalking for “repeatedly” following another if there are multiple encounters over a short span of time.
Immediately following this case, the justices will answer questions from the audience, then recess to conference on the cases. Justices will then have lunch with students of the college.
The court will reconvene at 1:30 p.m. to hear the last case of the day:
· No.81594-1 State of Washington v. Anthony Jay Erickson: Whether a bench warrant issued by a municipal court for failure to appear at a probation violation hearing must be supported by probable cause.
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.
Oral arguments will be taped for broadcast at a later date via Washington’s Public Affairs network, TVW.
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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Please Note: Case #82410-0 Quinault Indian Nation et. al. v. Sea Crest Land Development, previously scheduled for oral argument at Peninsula College has been withdrawn
and will not be on the docket.
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