Missouri Court of Appeals Special Session

The law school will host a Special Session of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District on Thursday, October 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom. The panel of judges will hear oral arguments in three cases involving the breach of a contract in the construction of a parking lot, a wrongful death case, and the criminal appeal of a grandfather convicted of child molestation.

The judges on the panel are the Honorable Patricia L. Cohen, chief judge; the Honorable Kathianne Knaup Crane; and the Honorable Lawrence E. Mooney. The attorneys for the cases will have about 15 minutes each to argue their sides. A Q&A on judicial procedure and an informal Q&A on judicial clerkships will follow, ending at about 11:30 a.m.

The first case, St. Louis Paving Inc. vs. Dr. Enver Yalcin, involves a civil appeal in the breach of a contract for the construction of a parking lot. The case relates to a dispute over the site plan for the project and the cost of a portion of the work that was completed. Dr. Yalcin is appealing a more than $33,000 judgment in favor of the paving company.

The second case on the docket, Okie Moore Diving and Salvage Co. vs. Ray Watkins, involves the civil appeal of a directed verdict against a woman who sought compensation in the death of her husband who was killed in a car accident. The woman and her husband’s employer sued the other driver in the accident. The court ruled that she did not provide evidence demonstrating proof of death and also did not provide certified proof of marriage.

The third case, State of Missouri vs. Henry Hill, is the criminal appeal of convictions for two counts of child molestation in the first degree. The appellant was convicted of molesting his two granddaughters, whom he babysat. He is appealing on constitutional grounds related to the confrontation clause. He argues that the court erred in allowing the prosecutor to move the podium so that the two child victims could not see him while they were testifying. He also argues that the court should not have admitted evidence of his confession.

The briefs will be on temporary reserve in the law library.