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Third District Court of Appeals to hear cases at ONU

Mar 8, 2007

The Third District Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments in one criminal case and one civil case at Ohio Northern University's Pettit College of Law in the moot court room (129) at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20.

The three-judge panel hearing the cases consists of presiding Judge Richard M. Rogers and judges Vernon L. Preston and John R. Williamowski. Stephen R. Shaw is the appellate court's fourth judge. Rogers, Shaw and Williamowski are all ONU law alumni.

The criminal case to be heard is State v. Timothy J. Moore (Allen County) regarding an appeal of the jury conviction for the murder of Moore's wife. Two ONU alums will be the attorneys presenting: Jana Emerick (L'92) for the state and Brandie Hawkins (L'4) for Moore.

The Marysville Newspapers, Inc., et al., and Premier Printing of Central Ohio, Ltd. (Union County) v. The Delaware Gazette Company, Inc., et al., is the civil case regarding an appeal of a breach of contract claim. Attorneys from Vorys, Sater, Seymour & Pease, as well as two Cincinnati attorneys will be presenting arguments in that case.

At the conclusion of both cases, the appellate judges will take questions from the audience.

The appellate court's special session at the college of law is part of an educational outreach program to give students, educators and the public an opportunity to enhance their understanding of the appellate process. The appellate court, based in Lima, Ohio, is comprised of 17 counties and travels among them for special court sessions.