Alabama Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases
on Thursday, Nov. 6, at the University of South Alabamas
The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at
9 a.m. and ends at noon.
In April, USA President Gordon Moulton invited the Justices
of the Alabama Supreme Court to sit in special session on
campus. This marks the second time in USA history that the
Court has held a special session on campus.
This unique occasion offers USA students, faculty and staff
a chance to witness the activity of the Alabama Supreme Court
outside the Judicial Building in Montgomery.
This is a rare opportunity for students and the entire
community to watch the Court in action in our own backyard,
said Dr. John Smykla, professor and chair of the department
of political science and criminal justice. It helps
build our trust in government.
Students in every college at USA will have a once in a lifetime
opportunity to observe how cases are argued before the States
highest appeal court.
From 9 a.m. to approximately 10:15 a.m., attorneys from Birmingham
and Butler, Alabama representing Barbara Roberts et al. and
Liberty National Insurance Company et al., will argue a cancer
policy issue against Liberty National Insurance Company. The
case has consequences for health care, business, and medicine.
The second case, Hayden Jerome Jackson v. State of Alabama,
is a criminal appeals case. State Attorney General William
Pryor, Jr. and State Solicitor General Nate Forrester will
argue the case along with Mobile attorney, Glenn Davidson
who represents Jackson. Jackson was stopped at a roadblock/safety
check point at RV Taylor housing project in Mobile in 2001.
Mobile County Sheriffs discovered marijuana in Jacksons
vehicle as a result of the stop. Jackson claims that the suspicionless
roadblock violated his Fourth Amendment rights against unreasonable
search and seizure.
Everyone on campus is invited to attend. High school students
and teachers from Mobile and Baldwin counties have been invited
to participate in this historic event.
For more information call USAs department of political
science and criminal justice at 460-7161.