NWMSU To Host Missouri Court Of Appeals

Northwest Missouri State University will host the Missouri Court of Appeals in April.

The session will begin at 1pm on Tuesday, April 11th at the J.W. Jones Student Union Ballroom.

The cases being heard will include the appeal of a juvenile found to have made a 2nd Degree Terroristic Threat to a school. The juvenile was placed on probation. The court will hear the appeal of Joseph Griest who was found guilty of one court of 2nd Degree Rape and sentenced to 8 years of prison. The third appeal will be that of Carl Hanes who is appealing a decision that he failed to establish that he sustained an accident or occupational disease while a member of the Missouri Department of Corrections. He had alleged that he was exposed to radiation of a 7-year period.

Judge Douglas Thomson will preside with two other judges to hear oral arguments. Previously, Judge Thomson served as an associate circuit judge for Nodaway County in the Fourth Judicial Circuit for more than five years.

The court, which has convened regularly at Northwest since 2010, typically convenes court in Kansas City. For more than 20 years, however, the court has held dockets in several of the 45 counties in its jurisdiction, which includes all of northwest Missouri and most of central Missouri. The court hears oral arguments outside Kansas City to give individuals an opportunity to observe a part of the judicial system they normally do not see and to familiarize attendants with the court’s role in the judicial system.