the opportunity to observe the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District, in
action when the court convened at WWU April 3.
deposition from the victim and letter of apology from the accused should have
been allowed during a trial in which the defendant was charged with statutory
sodomy in the first degree.
Newton and Mark Pfeiffer, heard oral arguments in five cases in the Weitzman
Model Courtroom in the Burton Business Building.
from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The three judges recessed in between
arguments to step down and discuss the court system and generally explain
errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court’s judgment
reversed. The judges read written arguments
before the court session and could interrupt the attorneys’ arguments with
- A liability settlement involving
nursing home employees
- A solid waste contract
- An involuntary manslaughter
- Denial of a reciprocal
Woods campus. The court convenes
regularly in Kansas City. Its
jurisdiction is appeals from trial courts in 45 counties, which include all of
northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri.
2010. Before his appointment, he
practiced law in Platte City, served in the Missouri House of Representatives
and was an associate circuit judge for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.
1999. Previously, he served as an
assistant prosecuting attorney in Jackson County, an assistant United States
attorney and as a circuit judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit.
2009. Before his appointment, he
practiced law in Springfield and, later, Columbia.
in Chillicothe, Clinton, Columbia, Fulton, Gallatin, Huntsville, Independence,
Jefferson City, Keytesville, Kirksville, Lexington, Liberty, Linneus, Macon,
Marshall, Maryville, Milan, Nevada, Platte City, Richmond, St. Joseph,
Savannah, Trenton, Tuscumbia and Warrensburg.
outside of Kansas City,” Witt said.
“This gives individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the
judicial system they normally do not see.
We hope those attending will gain a better understanding of the court’s
of Appeals, Western District (left to right) Thomas Newton Gary Witt and Mark
Pfeiffer. The court convened April 3 in William Woods University’s Weitzman
Model Courtroom. The courtroom is also used by WWU legal studies students for
mock trials and other educational endeavors. (Photos by Meghan Greenwalt)