A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear seven cases, including four that originated in Sedgwick County, at Wichita State University on Tuesday as part of Constitution Day activities.
Each year on Constitution Day, the appeals court tries to conduct its work at colleges around the state to give people a chance to see the process, said court spokesman Ron Keefover. The sessions are normally held in Topeka.
The hearings are open to the public, but the effort is specifically directed to students. WSU was also the site of appeals hearings in 2011.
“These are real cases being heard,” Keefover said.
Oral arguments in the cases will be conducted in the CAC Theater, starting at 9:30 a.m. and again at 2 p.m.
Most appeals involve issues about rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, appeals court Judge G. Gordon Atcheson said in a news release.
“These cases were chosen because we thought they would present interesting constitutional issues for the students,” he added. “The constitutional rights we all share are tested daily in cases like these.”
Karen Arnold-Burger and John Bukaty will join Atcheson in hearing the cases.
Attorneys for each side will have an opportunity to present arguments to the judges, which will be followed by questions from the judges. The court will issue a written decision at a later date, usually within 60 days.
Besides the four appeals from Sedgwick County, the court will hear two from Seward County and one from Cowley County.
Oral arguments starting at 9:30 a.m.:
Oral arguments starting at 11 a.m.:
Oral arguments starting at 2 p.m.:
Sanchez contends that violated his constitutional rights to due process and to confront witnesses against him.
As suggested in a recent Kansas Supreme Court case, he contends the presence of the investigating detective near the prosecutor’s table throughout the trial tainted the trial and the verdict.
He also contends the prosecutor gave an improper closing argument and other trial errors deprived him of a fair hearing.