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Utah Supreme Court will hold session at BYU law school Nov. 1

The Utah Supreme Court will hold two regular sessions, one at 10 a.m. and one at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 1 in the J. Reuben Clark Law School’s Moot Court room at Brigham Young University. These are real cases being presented so students can observe.

The cases to be presented are State of Utah v. Mitchell Worwood and State of Utah v. Felipe Santana-Ruiz.

“State of Utah v. Mitchell Worwood” is an appeal of the Utah Court of Appeals’ decision which supported the trial court in denying the criminal defendant’s motion to suppress evidence. The issue on appeal is whether an officer’s inability to make an immediate arrest, or the existence of more suitable circumstances at another location, would justify the delay of a field sobriety test and transportation of a suspect.

“State of Utah v. Felipe Santana-Ruiz” is an appeal of a jury verdict convicting petitioner Santana-Ruiz of one count of murder, a first-degree felony. The issue on appeal is whether Santana-Ruiz was denied his right to effective assistance of counsel (in violation of the Sixth and 14th Amendments of the U.S. Constitution and Article 1 Sections 7 and 12 of the Utah Constitution).

For more information, contact Kristin Gerdy at (801) 422-9022.

Writer: Brooke Eddington

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