will have the opportunity to observe the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western
District, when the court convenes 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, will hear oral arguments in five cases beginning at 1
p.m. in the Weitzman Model Courtroom in the Burton Business Building.
from previously held trials in area circuit courts. The three judges will recess sometime in
between arguments to step down and discuss the court system and generally
explain proceedings, Welsh said.
errors, which should cause them to be retried, or the trial court’s judgment
reversed,” he said. “The judges will
read written arguments before the court session and may interrupt the
attorneys’ arguments with questions.”
- 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
April 3 in William Woods University’s Weitzman Model Courtroom. The courtroom
is used by WWU legal studies students for mock trials and other educational