At 10:00 the Court will hear Marion O’Bryan Strickland v. State. It was originally scheduled for Feb 2 and was apparently postponed which explains why I wasn’t able to watch it on my computer on that date.
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 reply brief
Watch the argument here.