Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals to Hear Arguments at the Washington and Lee University School of Law

Lexington, VA Tuesday, January 30, 2007

On Friday, February 2, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit will hear a day of oral arguments in the Millhiser Moot Court Room at the Washington and Lee University School of Law. A panel of judges from the Court will hear three cases beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. As is customary, the names of the judges will not be released until the morning oral arguments are to take place.

"We are very excited to welcome the court to Washington and Lee," said Brian Murchison, Acting Dean of the School of Law.  "The panel of judges is coming for one reason - to provide our students the educational experience of seeing a federal appellate court in action.  We're looking forward to a lively morning of arguments."  

The three cases to be argued are quite varied, involving fraud, civil rights, and criminal law and procedure, respectively. In Federal Deposit Ins v. Bakkebo, the judges will determine if an indictment in a criminal fraud case was admissible in a civil suit and whether comments by the trial judge require a mistrial. In Braswell v. Haywood Regional, the judges will hear arguments concerning whether a hospital retaliated against a doctor in violation of the First Amendment. And in US v. Ronald Lamont Seldon, the judges will determine if probable cause existed for a vehicle search and whether the search was tainted by a prior illegal search of the same vehicle.

Computers and backpacks are not allowed in the Moot Court Room during the Court's visit.

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