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September 19, 2012

Kansas Court of Appeals cases heard on main campus�


courtAs part of the U.S. Constitution Observance Day, a three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals heard cases at Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City on Tuesday.

Oral arguments in the appeals were conducted in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center.

The Court of Appeals hearings at Cowley College were from Sedgwick County. Judges Patrick D. McAnany and Stephen D. Hill joined retired District Judge Allen R. Slater, to decide the cases.

The court also decided the outcome of additional appeals that were submitted to the panel without oral arguments on them.

Judge McAnany was the presiding judge for the hearing and mentioned this was the first time the traveling Kansas Court of Appeals had heard cases in Arkansas City.

Judge McAnany said the appeals demonstrate how the courts interpret and apply the law as adopted by our legislature and the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.

Social Science Department instructor Frank Arnold, Social Science Department instructor Deb Nittler, and Criminal Justice instructor Frank Owens had their morning classes attend the hearings, while Devin Graves and Brooke Istas attended with students in their GED/Adult Education classes.

Attorneys for each side had an opportunity to present arguments to the judges, and the judges had a chance to ask questions. The court will take each of the cases under consideration and will issue a written decision at a later date.

Arnold was glad his students could see how the Kansas Court of Appeals works and wishes they could do this at the college more often.

“The arguments were great and overall it was a good experience for the students,” Arnold said.

After the hearings were completed, the judges were available to visit with the students.

“They provided valuable insight as to how the court system operates,” Arnold said.