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State v. Tyler
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: 130588

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of murder in the second degree for the death of her newborn son (Baby Tyler). The Supreme Court affirmed in part and reversed in part, holding (1) the district court abused its discretion in allow...

STATE OF IOWA vs. HILLARY LEE TYLER
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: 130830

State v. Gaskins
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: 131915

Justia Opinion Summary: Upon stopping Defendant for an expired license plate, a police officer smelled marijuana and confiscated a marijuana blunt from Defendant. After arresting Defendant for the possession of marijuana the police searched the...

Rivera v. Woodward Res. Ctr.
Date: June 30, 2015
Docket Number: 140194

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff was hired by Employer as a probationary employee for a six-month period but was terminated within the probationary period. Plaintiff filed a wrongful discharge suit against Employer. The jury returned a verdict...

State v. King
Date: June 26, 2015
Docket Number: 131061

Justia Opinion Summary: After Defendant was released on parole, Defendant’s parole officer made a home visit to check on Defendant and conducted a search of Defendant’s bedroom. The search uncovered evidence used to prosecute and convict Defend...

Sanon v. City of Pella
Date: June 26, 2015
Docket Number: 131438

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2010, two teenage boys drowned at the Pella Aquatics Center. Plaintiffs, the parents of the children, filed a claim for negligence against the City of Pella under the state-created danger doctrine. The district court...

Sioux Pharm, Inc. v. Eagle Labs., Inc.
Date: June 26, 2015
Docket Number: 131525

Justia Opinion Summary: In this battle between two domestic producers of chondroitin sulfate, Plaintiffs filed suit claiming trade-secrets violations against Defendants. Before the Supreme Court was an interlocutory appeal on a discovery issue....

State v. Seats
Date: June 26, 2015
Docket Number: 131960

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was seventeen years old when he committed first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to life without parole, as required by Iowa law. Defendant later filed a motion to correct an illegal sentence. Before the...

State v. Louisell
Date: June 26, 2015
Docket Number: 140175

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial in 1988, Defendant was convicted of first-degree murder. Defendant was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole (LWOP), as required by Iowa law at that time. At the time she committed the crime, D...

State v. Webster
Date: June 19, 2015
Docket Number: 131095

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of second-degree murder. Defendant appealed, arguing that his conviction should be vacated because of juror misconduct and juror bias and because of assorted errors in the d...

State v. McNeal
Date: June 19, 2015
Docket Number: 131229

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of theft in the first degree. Defendant appealed the denial of his motion to suppress the search of his trailer, arguing that there was no probable cause to support the sear...

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland, Inc. v. Iowa Bd. of Med.
Date: June 19, 2015
Docket Number: 141415

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, the Iowa Board of Medicine passed a rule establishing standards requiring physicians who prescribe or administer abortion-inducing drugs to personally perform a physical examination and to be physically present...

Iowa Ins. Inst. v. Core Group of the Iowa Ass’n for Justice
Date: June 12, 2015
Docket Number: 131627

Justia Opinion Summary: The Workers’ Compensation Core Group of the Iowa Association for Justice filed a petition for declaratory order with the Workers’ Compensation Commissioner seeking a determination whether Iowa Code 85.25(2) mandates that...

State v. Paye
Date: June 12, 2015
Docket Number: 140183

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this case was whether the front steps of a single-family home are a public place under Iowa’s public intoxication statute. Defendant was charged with public intoxication in violation of Iowa Code 123.46 after...

In re Marriage of Thatcher
Date: June 5, 2015
Docket Number: 132044

Justia Opinion Summary: After Susan Thatcher was diagnosed with terminal cancer, she filed a petition for dissolution of her marriage to Ronald Thatcher. Susan subsequently filed a motion to bifurcate dissolution, requesting that the Supreme Co...

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