Oral arg. – COA – Feb. 2, 2016

At 10:00 the COA will hear Marion O’Bryan Strickland v. State.  

Marion Strickland was a high school teacher in the South Panola School District. In October  2012, Strickland was arrested for allegedly enticing a fourteen year old child, K.W., to send Strickland a picture of K.W.’s penis.  He was convicted and sentenced to 40 years with 20 suspended (a completely ridiculous sentence). Strickland admitted to having poised as a female to get K.W. to send him photos.  On appeal he argues it was error to allow evidence that he had attempted to solicit sexually explicit photos from other students; that it was error to allow testimony about text messages and photos without admitting the “best evidence” of same;  that he should have been able to fire his hired attorney and get an appointed one 19 days before trial; and sufficiency of the evidence.

Strickland’s brief

State’s brief

Strickland’s reply brief

Watch the argument here.

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