LOUISVILLE, KY (7/12/12) – The Kentucky Court of Appeals will convene today in Louisville to hear arguments in the case of Christopher McGorman Jr., a Clark County teen who was convicted in 2001 of murdering Larry Raney, his classmate at George Rogers Clark High School. McGorman was 14-years-old when he confessed to murdering Raney and was convicted as an adult under the Youthful Offender Act.
At issue in this appeal is the Circuit Court’s denial of McGorman’s RCr 11.42 and Cr 60.02 motions. Issues include competency, improper transfer to Circuit Court, failure to offer a plea deal, failure to object to evidence and improper prosecutorial argument. Proceedings are open to the public and will begin at 2 p.m. EDT in the Court of Appeals Courtroom on the 10th floor of the Jefferson County Judicial Center at 700 W. Jefferson St.
A three-judge panel composed of Court of Appeals Chief Judge Glenn E. Acree and Court of Appeals Judges Denise G. Clayton and Michelle M. Keller will hear the appeal.
Nearly all cases heard by the Kentucky Court of Appeals come to it on appeal from a lower court. If a case is tried in Circuit Court or District Court and the losing parties involved are not satisfied with the outcome, they may ask for a higher court to review the correctness of the trial court’s decision. Some cases, such as criminal case acquittals and divorces, may not be appealed. In a divorce case, however, child custody and property rights decisions may be appealed. Cases are not retried in the Court of Appeals. Only the record of the original court trial is reviewed, with attorneys presenting the legal issues to the court for a decision.
Fourteen judges, two elected from seven appellate court districts, serve on the Court of Appeals. The judges are divided into panels of three to review and decide cases, with the majority determining the decision. The panels do not sit permanently in one location, but travel throughout the state to hear cases.
Information provided by Jamie Neal
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