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The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in five cases Feb. 12 and 13, and four other cases will be submitted to the Court without oral argument. Go to On Brief’s Cases in the Pipeline page to read the briefs in these cases. Ames 2304 v. City of Ames, Zoning Board of Adjustment Scheduled for oral argument Feb. 12, 9 a.m. The City of Ames and the Ames Zoning Board of Adjustment…
The Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral argument Feb. 5 in an interlocutory appeal in a civil suit brought by a Cedar Rapids man who was shot by a Cedar Rapids police officer during a 2016 traffic stop, which left him paralyzed from the neck down. Oral argument in Mitchell v. City of Cedar Rapids, will be held in an evening session beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Supreme Court Chambers at the Judicial Branch…
The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in eight cases Jan. 23 and 24. Four other cases will be submitted to the Court without oral argument. Among the cases set for argument is an appeal by two transgender women challenging a decision by the Iowa Department of Human Services denying Medicaid coverage for sex-reassignment surgeries. A woman accused of murder wants to cite a “Battered Woman Syndrome” defense, and four cases before…
Judge Vogel elected Iowa Court of Appeals chief judge By: Rox Laird on January 17th, 2019 The nine-member Iowa Court of Appeals elected Judge Gayle Nelson Vogel chief judge, replacing Chief Judge David Danilson, who retired Jan. 4. Vogel, of Spirit Lake, has served on the Court of Appeals since 1996. She becomes the ninth chief judge since the Iowa Legislature established the Iowa Court of Appeals in 1976. The Court of Appeals reviews civil…
Federal courts open for business at least one more week By: Rox Laird on January 17th, 2019 Federal court operations will continue as normal for at least one more week, federal judicial branch officials said in a news release this week. The court administration had said court operations would continue through Jan. 18 during the federal government shutdown. Thanks to cost-saving measures, however, that has now been extended another week, until Jan. 25. Judicial employees…
Federal courts in Iowa will operate mostly as usual at least through next week, despite the partial government shutdown, according to statements released this week by federal court administrators. The federal judiciary is on course to continue operating through Jan. 11 using fees and unspent fund balances, court officials around the country were told this week by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. For now, clerks’ offices remain open and electronic case filing and…
U.S. Senate confirms Iowa native for seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals By: Rox Laird on December 17th, 2018 President Donald Trump’s appointment of Sioux City native Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Dec. 11. The vote was split 50-50 with Vice President Mike Pence supplying the tie-breaking vote. Kobes will replace Judge Roger Wollman, who has taken senior status. Wollman,…
U.S. Senate confirms Iowa native for seat on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals By: Rox Laird on December 17th, 2018 President Donald Trump’s appointment of Sioux City native Jonathan Kobes to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit was confirmed by the U.S. Senate Dec. 11. The vote was split 50-50 with Vice President Mike Pence supplying the tie-breaking vote. Kobes will replace Judge Roger Wollman, who has taken senior status. Wollman,…
The Iowa Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments in eight cases Dec. 11 and 12. Four other cases will be submitted to the Court without oral argument. Among the cases set for argument are two appeals brought by state and local government employee unions arguing that amendments made by the Iowa General Assembly in 2017 to Iowa’s public-employee bargaining law violate the equal protection clause of the Iowa Constitution. Following are summaries of…
U.S. Supreme Court denies Iowan’s appeal challenging Fourth Amendment exception By: Rox Laird on December 4th, 2018 The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear an appeal from an Iowa man who argued that his drunk-driving conviction was the product of an unconstitutional search and seizure. The Court on Monday issued a list of cases considered at the justices’ Nov. 30 conference, and no new cases were accepted for review. Terry Lee Coffman’s appeal focused on…