Appellate Court Comes to UNH
October 1, 2008
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WEST HAVEN–On Wednesday Sept. 24, the University of New Haven welcomed the Connecticut Appellate Court to campus.
Students were given the chance to hear appellate arguments regarding two real life cases. The cases heard were about an assault and a DUI. Upon entering Dodds it felt as if you had just entered an actual courthouse. The lobby was set up with metal detectors and guards, checking students as they filed into the auditorium. The stage was completely converted to look like an actual courtroom.
The turnout for the arguments was outstanding. Each argument had a packed house. Many people were in fact turned away, because there was no more room available.
The first appeal heard was for the case of State v. Channy Nee Khuth. The defense attorney was arguing on behalf of her client that his conviction of first degree assault be changed because of insufficient evidence.
The second appeal heard was State v. Stephen Walters. The defense was arguing that his client was not driving erratically at the time of his arrest. The arguments on both sides of the counsel consisted of arguing whether the defendant crossed the yellow lines or not.
Although the cases were interesting; the attorneys did not seem to be able to get their points across. It was as if they were not prepared enough, or possibly got a little nervous with the crowd of students that were watching the proceedings.
Nevertheless, the experience proved to be a very interesting and exciting one for UNH students from all majors. Hopefully the Appellate Court will come back again!