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Traveling Oral Argument

The Supreme Court will travel to Lebanon High School (510 Tiger Way, Lebanon, IN 46052) in Boone County to hear oral argument on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in celebration of Justice David's final oral argument with the Court. The argument will begin at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern). Guests are encouraged to arrive early to get through security. Additionally, those interested in attending are asked to RSVP for the argument and reception by 12:00 p.m. (Eastern) on May 27.

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What is an oral argument?

Public Supreme Court proceedings are called "oral arguments," which provide the Justices with the opportunity to ask attorneys questions about the cases. Usually, oral arguments last 40 minutes to an hour. An honorary bailiff will call the court to order. Each side has 20 minutes to argue. Typically the appealing party will open the argument, the other side then responds, and then the appealing party has the last word. More information including rules for attending Supreme Court oral arguments can be found online.

Relevant state social studies standards

The traveling oral arguments program addresses state academic standards in U.S. Government and United States History. The argument process demonstrates the principles of due process, judicial review, and an independent judiciary.

Case materials for James E. McCoy v. State of Indiana (21A-CR-02000)

Police received a tip that McCoy’s residence was being robbed and that McCoy had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Upon arriving at McCoy’s residence, the police handcuffed and detained him. Without an advisement of rights, police asked McCoy if he would walk them through the house to see if any of his property was missing, and McCoy agreed. While walking through, police smelled the odor of burnt illegal drugs; they then obtained a warrant and found drug residue and paraphernalia in the house. The Cass Superior Court denied McCoy’s motion to suppress the evidence, and a jury found McCoy guilty of possession of meth and paraphernalia. The Court of Appeals affirmed in a memorandum decision. McCoy v. State, No. 21A-CR-2000 (Ind. Ct. App. 2022), trans. pending. McCoy has petitioned the Indiana Supreme Court to accept jurisdiction over the appeal.

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