Supreme Court sets forums, arguments at Peninsula College

Washington state's Supreme Court's nine justices will hold public forums, hear arguments on real cases, lunch with students and speak to classes regarding the Constitution and legal careers in a community visit to Peninsula College on Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 26-27.

Chief Justice Gerry Alexander and Justices Charles W. Johnson, Barbara A. Madsen, Richard B. Sanders, Tom Chambers, Susan J. Owens, Mary Fairhurst, James M. Johnson and Debra Stephens hear cases "on the road" three times a year.

The Port Angeles visit includes:

Open forums

1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 26:

• Special Topics in Journalism, History and the Law forum meets in the Science & Technology Building lecture hall (M_125). Alexander, Sanders and Fairhurst will examine the legal system as a career, politics and its impact on the judicial system, and justice and journalism.

• Madsen and Stephens lead the Diversity and the Law forum in the Student Services Building (Room D_215) to explore immigration, gender issues and tribal rights.

• Preserving Rights - Controversial Topics and the Role of the Court meets in the Pirate Union Building conference room (J_47) led by Chambers, Owens and Johnson. They will examine stem cell research, pro_life/pro_choice, same sex marriage and the right to bear arms.

Court cases on Tuesday, Oct. 27

Starting at 9 a.m., public hearings will be held in the Little Theater. Overflow seating will be in the Science & Technology Lecture Hall, M_125. Each case will take approximately one hour, with 20 minutes per side for oral arguments followed by a question-and-answer session with the audience.

The cases to be heard are:

• 82410_0 - Quinault Indian Nation, et al. vs. Sea Crest Land Development Co., et al.

Indians - Jurisdiction - Non_Indian Fee Land

• 81688_3 - State of Washington vs. Clarence Andrew Kintz

Criminal law - stalking - elements -"repeatedly follows" - two or more separate occasions, - repeated incidents over short span of time.

The court reconvenes at 1:30 p.m. to hear:

• 81594_1 - State of Washington vs. Anthony Jay Erickson

Criminal law - court of limited jurisdiction - probation - review hearing - failure to appear - bench warrant - probable cause for probation violation - necessity

The court adjourns at 2:30 p.m. Written opinions are rendered approximately three to six months after oral arguments.

Cameras and video recorders generally are allowed but the court asks that no flash, other lights or noisy film advance mechanisms be used during the hearings.

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