The LSU Appellate Clinic will argue before the Louisiana Supreme Court on October 16th, at 2:00pm. The event will be livestreamed in the Law Center Student Lounge. Snacks provided. Jessica Thomas is 1st Chair Oralist and Lacey Sanchez is 2nd Chair. Jacob Irving and Erin Abrams are also students on the case.
The Law Clinic represents Appellee, Reggie Thibodeaux, an indigent defendant from Terrebonne Parish. Appellant is the Public Defender’s Office. The issue centers around Thibodeaux’s right to file a motion to suppress all evidence pro se while represented by a public defender. The trial court denied Thibodeaux’s motion because he was represented by counsel. Thibodeaux filed a pro se writ in the 1st Circuit which ruled in his favor and remanded back to the trial court with instructions to consider the pro se motion. The Public Defender’s Office then filed a writ in the Louisiana Supreme Court appealing the 1st Circuit.
It is an interesting case of constitutional significance and students are invited to watch Ms. Thomas represent Thibodeaux before the Supreme Court.
Case information: STATE OF LOUISIANA vs REGGIE PATRICK THIBODEAUX, on appeal from the First Circuit Court of Appeal (No. 2017 KW 0232)