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(FILE PHOTO) The courtroom for the Iowa Supreme Court at the Iowa Judicial Building in Des Moines on Wednesday, January 15, 2014. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette) ... Waterman pointed out that 95 percent of felony cases in state and federal courts are resolved by guilty pleas. He feared that plea ...
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday upheld the conviction of a high school teacher who claimed his only physical contact with the student was hugging, finding that the hugging amounted to sexual misconduct in light of instant messages that showed she had “become the object ...

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a former high school teacher who argued that his hugs with a 17-year-old student didn't amount to sexual misconduct. The justices wrote in their ruling Friday that although nothing should prohibit teachers from hugging ...
Nature's Treatment of Iowa, backed by Matt Stern, applied in early March to build a site in Eldridge, but Iowa Department of Public Health officials ruled out its application — before scoring it — during the technical review stage. The company failed to show it had begun the registration process with the Iowa ...
Court Rules Iowa Man May Say His Hometown Stinks ... A court sided with Harms. DAVID GREENE, HOST: Good morning. I'm David Greene. Josh Harms was sick of the smell of rancid dog food odor he said was coming from a processing plant in his hometown of Sibley, Iowa. So he started a website ...
Law360 (March 7, 2018, 10:53 PM EST) -- A city in Iowa can't make its insurer pay for equipment that was damaged “when a gray squirrel scampered into an electrical substation” and made contact with a 7,200-volt circuit, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, finding coverage for the violent electrical arcing that ensued is ...

The defense attorney for an Estherville man convicted of murder has asked the Iowa Court of Appeals to reconsider the verdict. Iowa City Attorney Leon Spies argues Lee Christensen committed voluntary manslaughter — not second-degree murder — when he shot 19-year-old Thomas Bortvit at least five ...
The union that represents University of Iowa nurses is again furthering its fight to secure a bargaining agreement, this time appealing to the Iowa Supreme Court. Service Employees International Union, the union that represents University of Iowa nurses and other professionals in UI Hospitals and Clinics, ...
The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday in a case in which two women are suing a Pella church for failing to supervise a pastor who sexually exploited them. The Bandstra family argues they should be allowed to sue the Board of Elders of the Covenant Reformed Church for negligent ...
Fifty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear what is now considered a landmark decision that set a precedent for many free speech cases. In Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District, the court ruled that students do not "shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or ...
DES MOINES, Iowa (CN) – The Iowa Supreme Court ruled unanimously that surrogacy contracts are legal in the Hawkeye State, rejecting a challenge from a woman ... Most states do not have specific statutes addressing surrogacy contracts, and state courts have ruled both ways, Justice Waterman wrote.
The Iowa court concluded that the Iowa Legislature “tacitly approved of surrogacy arrangements by exempting them from potential criminal liability for selling children,” in response to the Baby M case. ... The birth mother appealed through the courts, but the Montovers maintained custody of the child.
For the second consecutive year, Iowa's judicial system — already operating with a shortage of judges and other court personnel — is almost certain to be on the hook for more cuts. “Without judges, clerks and court reporters available, it takes a long time to get things litigated,” said Michael Walton, ...
They say losing court services would impact a lot more than just the courthouse. Greenfield, which is the county seat for Adair County, is home to one of the most historic courthouses in the state. "It is vital to our community to be able to keep our courthouse," said Jodie Hoadley, with the Adair County Board ...
An Iowa law at the center of a lawsuit over disagreements between a farm cooperative and a customer is unconstitutional, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled in a Story County case Friday. As a result, the state Supreme Court court upheld part of an earlier appeals court ruling, vacated another part of the ...
State of Iowa v. James Dale Yearous, Arlington, pled guilty to assault, defendant is ordered to pay $200 fine plus surcharge(s) and $100 in court costs payable in installments of $50 per month starting Feb. 20, 2018, $100 of the fine is suspended, defendant is placed on self-probation for one year, appeal ...
According to data compiled by the National Center for State Courts, Iowa ranks 22nd in the nation when it comes to pay for state supreme court justices, between ... Upon receiving a request, the chief judge of a judicial district can issue a waiver allowing the general public to carry firearms in any part of a ...

DES MOINES — House Speaker Linda Upmeyer has replaced House Judiciary Committee Chairman Chip Baltimore as chairman of the House Judiciary Committee following his arrest ... The charges are a violation of Iowa Supreme Court ethics rules, Baltimore said, adding that he self-reported his arrest.
Tax reform is a top priority for the Iowa Legislature as it enters its first round of deadlines for individual bill submissions. While leadership from the Republican-led House of Representatives and Senate would like to see a reduction of the state income tax rate, Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds has vouched for ...
Iowa Courts Struggling with More Budget Cuts ... The President of the Iowa Bar Association, Steve Eckley, says he expects the judicial branch will not receive the budget it is asking for but he remains hopeful. “We hope ... Lawyers in Iowa say the budget cuts have caused major strain on Iowa's court system.
University of Iowa, the court said that BlinC must be allowed back on campus to participate in a student recruitment fair today, Jan. 24. ... groups and most importantly because “The public interest and the First Amendment favor the expression of ideas, even those the public and courts may find abhorrent.".
DES MOINES — The Iowa Supreme Court heard arguments in a long-running Ottumwa case on Thursday, and its decision later this year will determine whether the same attorneys are ... Mulatillo has the right to hire an attorney of his own choosing, Gardner said, and the courts should respect that right.
WASHINGTON – One of President Donald Trump's nominees for federal judge has been withdrawn, the first failed judicial pick for the Republican president. White House officials said Wednesday the nomination of Brett Talley, who has never argued a case in court and was rated “unanimously unqualified” ...
University of Iowa, BLinC asks the court to stop this religious discrimination and allow it to choose leaders who embrace its mission, just like every other student group on campus. Becket, a legal organization that specializes in religious liberty, is representing the student group. BLinC is a small student ...
A now-defunct student organization is suing the University of Iowa in federal court for religious discrimination. Business Leaders in Christ (BLinC) lost its status as a registered student organization after it allegedly denied a leadership position to a gay student. According to the lawsuit, BLinC told a member ...
WILLIAMSBURG – A former Northeast Iowa man was almost stabbed to death last weekend in Williamsburg where he now lives, according to ... Court records show that in November, Grout's ex-girlfriend, who lives at the address where the attack took place, sought a protection order against Grout. Angry. 0.
A district court judge has sided with the Iowa Board of Regents in a lawsuit accusing it of breaking the law by not recognizing a contractual agreement with a union representing hundreds of University of Iowa health care professionals. Service Employees International Union Local 199, which represents ...
A man charged with first-degree murder in the death of a hunter in south-central Iowa has made an initial court appearance in the case. ... The Daily Iowegian reports that 27-year-old Ethan Davis, of Promise City, appeared Wednesday in Appanoose County District Court, where a judge set his bail at $1 ...
Iowa and 12 other states have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a California law that restricts eggs sold in that state to come from hens that have room to extend their limbs. Missouri's Attorney General filed a lawsuit this week on behalf of the 13 states in what is the latest challenge to the California ...
The Iowa Supreme Court has upheld the murder conviction of a gay man who says the jury selection was not handled properly. Stephen Jonas was found guilty of second-degree murder in the August 2014 stabbing death of Zachery Paulson in Clive. Jonas, who is gay, appealed the conviction, saying a ...
According to court records, investigators with the Mason City Drug Task Force intercepted two FedEx packages in January 2014 that contained a total of 7 pounds of ice meth hidden inside car audio components. One package had been sent to a Mason City address, and the other was destined for Lake ...
DES MOINES, Iowa -- Civil rights groups in Iowa are asking for the Iowa Supreme Court to ban minor traffic stops. The groups involved are the ACLU of Iowa, Iowa-Nebraska Conference of the NAACP, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) of Iowa, and 1,000 Kids for Iowa. They say minor ...
McCaffery praised his leadership when he was forced off the court with the injury. “He was one of our leaders last year, too, he and [Peter Jok], so we need his leadership,” the eight-year Hawkeye coach said. “He's really good in practice, in the locker room, on the road, and I thought he was really good ...
Iowa has exhausted its challenges to a lawsuit filed by a former state employee who said an agency fired him because of a work injury, and the costs to the state could top $1 million. The Iowa Supreme Court on Nov. 9 declined to hear an appeal from the state connected to a 2013 lawsuit filed by former ...
Four civil rights groups are asking the Iowa Supreme Court to ban pretextual traffic stops on the grounds they are unconstitutional and perpetuate racial disparities in the criminal justice system. A pretextual traffic stop is when a police officer stops a driver for a minor issue like a broken taillight with the intent ...
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, joined ... of the president's appellate court nominees and one district court nominee ... 20 lifetime judicial appointments to district and appeals courts in the two ...
Iowa coalition pushes again for 'personhood' bill ... hopes of eventually overturning the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion.
An appellate court in September ordered Iowa State to pay Furleigh and ... But appellate courts twice upheld the original decision, and the most ...
On Thursday and Friday, five women testified before the Inter-American Court for Human Rights and demanded an investigation regarding ...
Courts part of oversight in protecting children in Iowa's foster care system ... based on those recommendations, court-appointed advocates and ...
Fallon said the Iowa Supreme Court will hear a case next spring involving the Dakota Access pipeline and eminent domain. He said that's one ...
Driving while barred—James Donald Conway, 63, Mason City, 30 days in jail and a $625 suspended fine. Driving while barred—Michael Dean ...
The Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that siblings who inherited a large share of their stepfather's estate must pay inheritance taxes in a case that ...
The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday reversed an appellate court decision to reverse the conviction and order a new trial for a Muscatine County ...
Six of the seven members of the Iowa Supreme Court listen to an oral argument from Assistant Attorney General Louis Sloven of Des Moines on ...
An Iowa man was arrested on a string of offenses after a traffic stop was conducted early Monday morning, Fremont Police reported.
“From Day One, we have recognized the likelihood that this case would end up in the Iowa Supreme Court, and today's appeal takes us one ...
The Iowa State Education Association is appealing a district-court decision denying a challenge to the state's collective bargaining law.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Iowa Appeals Court has upheld the conviction of a man who murdered his daughter. A jury found Robert ...
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and ranking ... for his nomination to preside over a federal court in Alabama.


 

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