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Utah top court to hear 2 cases at BYU today

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PROVO — The Utah Supreme Court will hear two cases today at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.

The justices will meet in two sessions — 10 and 11 a.m.

The cases to be presented are State of Utah vs. Mitchell Worwood and State of Utah vs. Felipe Santana-Ruiz.

The first case is an appeal of the Utah Court of Appeals' decision that supported the trial court in denying Worwood's motion to suppress evidence.

The issue on appeal is whether an officer's inability to make an immediate arrest, or the existence of more suitable circumstances at another location, would justify the delay of a field sobriety test and transportation of a suspect.

The second case is an appeal of a jury verdict convicting Santana-Ruiz of one count of murder, a first-degree felony. The issue on appeal is whether Santana-Ruiz was denied his right to effective assistance of counsel.