This Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the New York State Court of Appeals will be hearing oral argument on two criminal case appeals. Oral argument begins at approximately 2:45 p.m. For all of you interested in practicing criminal law, this is one oral argument you do not want to miss. The two cases being argued are People v. Thomas and People v. Aveni, and both address the issue of the constitutional limits to which a police officer can deceive a suspect in order to secure a confession. You can read more about these cases and this issue here. (If you are off – campus, please log into TLC Web to view.)
You can also read the briefs filed by the parties and the amicus curiae by using this search engine, which is available to the public for free: https://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/courtpass/Docket.aspx (Searching by party name will bring up the docket and filed documents for the case.)
Better yet - you don’t have to be in Albany to see the oral argument! Did you know that you can view oral arguments live, via Windows Media Player, at the New York State Court of Appeals website? Visit here: http://www.nycourts.gov/ctapps/ and click on this link:
You can also view past webcasts of recent oral arguments before the Court at the same link.
We’ll post again soon with some more resources.
In the meantime, keep calm and read on.