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March 2, 2010

Oregon Supreme Court to Hear Arguments March 5 at Knight Law Center

The Oregon Supreme Court will hear arguments in two cases on Friday, March 5, in room 175 at the Knight Law Center, 1515 Agate St., in Eugene. The proceedings are open to the public.

Arguments in the case of State of Oregon v. Terry Dean Schoen will begin at 9:00 a.m. Defendant Schoen seeks review of a divided, en banc, per curiam Court of Appeals decision that affirmed his conviction for third-degree criminal mischief. As the result of a domestic dispute, the defendant was arrested and placed in the backseat of a patrol car. While inside the car, the defendant kicked the car door and window, but did not cause any damage. He was charged with third-degree criminal mischief.

Arguments in the case of Nicholas W. Coffey v. Board of Geologist Examiners will begin at 10:30 a.m. Coffey seeks review of a Court of Appeals decision that affirmed, without opinion, a decision by the Board of Geologist Examiners revoking his certificate of registration as a registered geologist.

Judge David Schuman will preview the cases for Oregon Law students on Wednesday, March 3.

The Oregon Supreme Court visits the law school annually to hear oral arguments in pending cases and to answer student questions.

Note to Media Members and Photographers: Only one still photographer and one video camera and technician are permitted in the courtroom. Media personnel must wear tasteful business attire. Broadcast media representatives may not move about the court during proceedings. Recording equipment must be positioned before the session opens and must not be moved during proceedings. Equipment cannot produce distracting sound or light.

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