|Connecticut Appellate Court to Hear Cases at University of
The Connecticut Appellate Court, at the invitation of the University of New
Haven's Legal Society and Legal Studies Program, will travel to the
University of New Haven on
Wednesday, September 24, 2008, to hear arguments
in two criminal cases. The arguments will take place in Dodds Theater on the
university campus, located at 300 Boston Post Road in West Haven.
The court's appearance at UNH is part of an ongoing educational initiative
of the Connecticut Judicial Branch to acquaint students, educators and the
general public with the role and responsibilities of the court process.
Prior to the oral arguments, members of the New Haven County Bar Association
will meet with the students to discuss the court system and provide an
overview of the cases to be argued.
Chief Judge Joseph P. Flynn will be the presiding judge on the panel. “We
believe that having students attend Appellate Court oral arguments gives the
students a greater understanding of our legal process. We appreciate the
hospitality that has been extended to us by the University of New Haven in
hosting this event. I feel a connection with the University of New Haven
because my late cousin David Hennessey served in the university
administration and once taught labor law there." Chief Judge Flynn said.
Judge Lubbie Harper, Jr., a 1965 graduate of UNH and a recipient of UNH's
Distinguished Alumni Award, will also serve on the panel, along with
Richard A. Robinson.
UNH President Dr. Steven H. Kaplan looks upon the on circuit visit as a
great experience for the university: “Having UNH students hear Connecticut
Appellate Court arguments right here on campus underscores the University’s
commitment to experiential education. To extend our commitment to our
neighbors, students in UNH’s Legal Society and Legal Studies Program have
invited the West Haven High School AP American government and civil/criminal
law classes and mock trial team to take part in this unique opportunity.”
The arguments are open to the public. The first case,
State v. Channy Nee
Khuth, will start at 9:30 a.m. and involves whether the defendant was aided
in an assault by two or more other persons. The court will also consider
whether a statement to the police should have been suppressed as the product
of the defendant’s intoxication.
The second case, State v. Stephen J. Walters, will start at 10:50 a.m. and
involves whether the defendant’s convictions of operating a motor vehicle
while under the influence of alcohol and interfering with an officer were
supported by sufficient evidence. The court will also consider whether a
conviction under General Statutes Section 14-227a (a) (1) requires proof
that the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle was impaired.
Arguments in each case will last for approximately 40 minutes. A
question-and-answer period with arguing counsel, Yale Law School
Professor Sarah Russell and Quinnipiac University School of Law
Marsh will follow each argument. The judges do not participate in the
question and answer periods or discussions about the cases.
Attorney Jane I. Milas, President-elect of the New Haven County Bar
Association, and moderator of these sessions said, “The New Haven County Bar
Association is delighted to participate with the Judicial Branch and the
University of New Haven in order to provide a very special learning
opportunity for UNH and West Haven High School students. Students will not
only hear appellate arguments of actual cases, but will also have the unique
opportunity to discuss the cases and the legal system with the appellate attorneys,
attorneys from the New
Haven County Bar, and faculty members from Yale and Quinnipiac Law Schools
News media organizations may record, broadcast, televise, and photograph the
oral arguments in compliance with the
rules governing cameras in the
Appellate Court and the
protocol adopted by the Court. In particular, please note that the protocol
requires media outlets to make
pooling arrangements among themselves if there are multiple requests to
videotape, broadcast, televise, record or photograph the same argument. For
information, contact Jim Senich at 860-757-2270 by Tuesday, Sept. 23.
Representatives of the news media do not need to pool if they wish to
videotape, broadcast, televise, record or photograph the question-and-answer
The following items may not be brought into the courtroom: bladed or pointed
items, weapons, food and beverages. To help facilitate the screening process
and movement in and out of the theater, it is recommended that guests not
bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or bags.
For additional information about this program, please contact Jim Senich,
Manager of Communications, for the Connecticut Judicial Branch at