Federal court of appeals presiding in Rutland
Court of Appeals
comes to Rutland
The federal Second Circuit Court of Appeals is coming to Rutland this week.
The visit starts with a court-sponsored lecture at the Paramount Theatre today, followed by a three-judge panel from the Second Circuit convening Friday to hear five cases in Rutlandís historic federal courthouse on West Street.
The appeals court usually hears cases at its home in New York City, but for the first time in its 123-year history a panel is coming to Vermont, where it will hold court in the federal courtroom above the U.S. Post Office starting at 10 a.m. Friday.
The five cases that will be heard by the panel ó made up of Chief Judge Dennis Jacobs and Judges Peter Hall and Rosemary Pooler ó all originated in Vermont. They deal with issues ranging from a fatal shooting by police in Corinth in 2006 to Springfield Hospitalís challenge that the state improperly reduced $1.2 million in Medicaid funds.
A lecture series sponsored by the Second Circuit will begin at 4 p.m. today at the Paramount. Conducted by Professor Frank Bryan of the University of Vermont will focus on changes to Vermontís political systems.