State Supreme Court justices to hear cases at Western

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DANBURY, CONN. — The Connecticut Supreme Court justices will hear arguments in two cases on the campus of Western Connecticut State University on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011.

The seven justices from the state’s highest court will hold full court over oral arguments in a civil case and a criminal case to be held at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively, in the Westside Campus Center Ballroom, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. At the end of each case, attorneys for each side will remain to answer questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public.

WCSU Professor of Legal Studies Charles Mullaney said this event is an educational opportunity for everyone to closely observe a prestigious judicial body and to enhance their understanding of the role and responsibilities of the often-mysterious appellate court system.

In preparation for the visit by the Connecticut Supreme Court to WCSU, Associate Professor of Accounting Thomas Monks and Assistant Professor of Justice and Law Administration Terrence Dwyer will conduct a pre-argument educational session of the cases that will be argued at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Room 243 of the Westside Classroom Building on the university's Westside campus, 43 Lake Ave. Extension in Danbury. Monks will explain the civil case, Stewart v. Town of Watertown, in which the town clerk of Watertown refused to report to work claiming the town hall building was environmentally unsafe and the town cut off her salary. Dwyer will explain the criminal case, State v. Altajir, in which ostensibly incriminating Facebook photos were used to send a probationer to prison for three years. A question-and-answer session will follow the explanations. The event will be free and the public is invited.

For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (203) 837-8486.



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