Real Court Appeal Takes Place in Earl D. Prout Auditorium

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On Thursday, February 7 students in Honors English, AP and regular U.S. History, and Government classes got to witness a real court appeal in the auditorium. Tre Ron Smith was convicted of a Class A misdemeanor for carrying a handgun without a license. He argued that the search of his car violated his rights to the Fourth Amendment because the officers didn’t have probable cause to arrest him. Officers received an anonymous tip about a silver/grey Chevrolet Trailblazer with property damage that fired gunshots in Indianapolis. Officers were dispatched and found a vehicle which matched the description of Mr. Smith’s vehicle. He was then pulled over and instructed by officers to exit the car from a safe distance, presumably using a speaker. He was then handcuffed and soon after a handgun was spotted on the driver side floorboard. Tre Ron Smith then heard his case in court by which he was thus found guilty and convicted of the misdemeanor. He appealed his case and the Court of Appeals of Indiana took up his case. The hearing took place in SHS’s very own Earl D. Prout Auditorium. Mr. Smith was represented by Daniel Hageman and Tyler Banks was the prosecutor. The panel of judges included: Edward W. Najam Jr. of Monroe County, Lloyd Mark Bailey of Decatur County, and Melissa S. May of Vanderbaugh County. Hageman argued that his client shouldn’t have been pulled over for the officers never had probable cause due to there being no timeline starting from the shootings to the arrest. After the trial, the judges announced they’d come to a decision within the coming days and took questions from the students in the audience. It was a first time experience for a lot of people in attendance and very interesting and intriguing to say the least.