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Appeals court to hear case at Manchester University

Appeals on WheelsOn Tuesday, March 5, Manchester University students will have the opportunity to observe the judicial process at work through the Appeals on Wheels program.

The case will be heard at 3:30 p.m. in the upper floor of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street in North Manchester. It is free and open to the public.

Appeals on Wheels lets members of the public to experience an actual oral argument where Indiana Court of Appeals judges hear an appeal in a facility other than a courtroom, while still observing the formality of a legal proceeding.

After the case is heard, the judges entertain questions from the audience about the law and the judicial system. The program travels to high schools, colleges, retirement homes and other places around the state.

The case for the Appeals on Wheels event at Manchester will be Larry Corneal Johnson v. State of Indiana. Johnson is appealing his convictions of dealing narcotics and maintaining a common nuisance following an encounter with a confidential police informant. The appeal alleges that the trial court violated Johnson’s constitutional right to counsel.

This is a criminal appeal from Vanderburgh Superior Court.

The Appeals on Wheels program at Manchester University is sponsored by the College of Education and Social Sciences.

It is an actual court hearing, so business casual dress is requested. No phones, cameras, food or drink are allowed. 

It is part of the Values, Ideas, and Arts series at Manchester, a program designed to enrich and enhance the experience of undergraduate students.

For the media
The court requires news organizations to obtain permission to take still photography or video at an appeals court session. Information on how to do so can be found at this link. Manchester University is a private institution and has its own policies concerning media access. Please read this information before visiting our campuses. 

About Manchester
Manchester University is a leading health science educator in northeast Indiana. It offers more than 70 areas of study with a rich undergraduate liberal arts curriculum, two master's programs (athletic training and pharmacogenomics), a professional doctorate in pharmacy, a dual degree in pharmacy and pharmacogenomics, and customized corporate education programs. With campuses in North Manchester and Fort Wayne, Ind., Manchester serves nearly 1,600 students. Learn more at www.manchester.edu.

Our mission
Manchester University respects the infinite worth of every individual and graduates persons of ability and conviction who draw upon their education and faith to lead principled, productive, and compassionate lives that improve the human condition. 

Manchester student Jennifer Wagner assisted the Office of Strategic Communications with this press release.

February 2019