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Connecticut Supreme Court on Tour: Justices to Hear Two Cases at Teikyo Post University

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The Connecticut Supreme Court will travel to Teikyo Post University in Waterbury on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2004, to hear arguments in two cases – one criminal and one civil.

The Court’s appearance at TPU is part of an ongoing educational initiative of the Connecticut Judicial Branch to introduce students, educators and the general public to the role and responsibilities of the appellate court system.

"Among the highlights of the year is visiting campuses across the state to educate students about how our appellate courts work," Chief Justice William J. Sullivan said. "Based on the feedback we’ve received, the students enjoy the experience immensely. And so do we."

"We are honored to welcome the Connecticut Supreme Court to our campus and pleased to share this extraordinary educational experience, not only with our students, both local and international, but with the youth of the Greater Waterbury area," Dr. Jon Jay DeTemple, TPU’s president, said. "The chance to observe a civil and criminal case at the appellate level and discuss the issues with the attorneys involved is a rare and valuable learning opportunity."

Several area high schools have been invited to the event as well.

The justices will hear the cases in the university’s Drubner Center gymnasium.

The first case, State vs. Nicholas Brunetti, will be heard at 10 a.m. The second case, Kaylee Manifold PPA et al vs. Commissioner, Department of Children & Families et al, will start at noon. Summaries of both cases are accessible through the Judicial Branch website, at https://www.jud.ct.gov/external/supapp/sup_assign.htm

The following items may not be brought into the courtroom: cellular telephones, pagers, radios, cassette players, CD players, DVD players, televisions, recording devices, cameras, video equipment, boom boxes, bladed or pointed items, weapons, and food and beverages. To help the screening process, it is recommended that guests not bring briefcases, backpacks, pocketbooks or bags. The event is open to the public.

After each session, a volunteer attorney and Professor Peter Chepya, director of legal studies at TPU, and former Probate Judge Frederic Mascolo, an adjunct professor at TPU, will moderate a question-and-answer period. Lawyers involved in the cases will discuss their objectives and strategies with the students. News organizations will be permitted to record, broadcast, televise and photograph the question-and-answer periods.

For further information, please contact the External Affairs Division, Connecticut Judicial Branch, at 860-757-2270.

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