Oral arg. – COA – Feb. 18, 2016

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 brief

State’s brief

Strickland’s reply brief

Watch the argument here.

 

5 thoughts on “Oral arg. – COA – Feb. 18, 2016

  1. The links aren’t highlighted in my email. Thank you for all the hard work you do.

    On Wed, Feb 17, 2016 at 6:19 PM, Janes Law Blog wrote:

    > Jane Tucker posted: “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” >

    • The links are in the post. Sorry they were left out of the e mail. I was in some strange WordPress Wonderland when I first posted that and the links from my previous post did not carry over.

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