The Alabama Supreme Court and the Alabama Court of Criminal
Appeals will hear oral arguments at Samford University Thursday, Oct. 8. The
public is invited to the event in Wright Center Concert Hall. Call to order
will be at 9:10 a.m.
About 900 area high school and college students will attend
the session, which is sponsored by Samford’s Cumberland School of Law and the
Birmingham Bar Foundation.
The nine-member Supreme Court will hear arguments in Andrew
Miller et al. v. Bob Riley et al., beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Miller was convicted in 1987 of first degree robbery, first
degree sodomy, first degree rape and first degree burglary, and was sentenced
to 20 years on each charge.. The appeal centers on his classification as an
adult under the Alabama Community Notification Act.
The five-member Court of Criminal Appeals will hear
arguments in Demetrius Avery Jackson, Jr., v. State of Alabama beginning at
Jackson was convicted of capital murder in connection with
the 2006 killing of Fairfield police officer Mary Smith and was convicted of
attempted murder with regard to the shooting of Fairfield police officer Eric
The courts will adjourn at 11:50 a.m.
Students who are expected to attend represent Brookwood,
Erwin, Gardendale, Holy Family Cristo Rey, Hewitt-Trussville, Homewood, Hoover,
Huffman, Jackson-Olin, Jess Lanier, Kingwood Christian, Mortimer Jordan,
Mountain Brook, Ramsay,
Restoration Academy, Spain Park, Tarrant, Vestavia Hills and Wenonah high
schools. Samford undergraduate students and Cumberland law students will also
In recent weeks, attorneys have visited the participating
school to discuss the Alabama court process and the specific cases to be heard.
The Alabama Center for Law and Civic Education has assisted with preparing the
students to better understand what they will experience at the session.