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State v. Jackson
Date: April 29, 2016
Docket Number: 140067

Exceptional Persons, Inc. v. Iowa Dep’t of Human Servs.
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 140569

Justia Opinion Summary: In response to a 2009 executive order announcing a ten percent reduction in state departments and agencies for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2010, the Iowa Department of Human Services (IDHS) promulgated temporary rule...

Concerned Citizens of Southeast Polk Sch. Dist. v. City of Pleasant Hill
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141362

Justia Opinion Summary: A citizens group and a school district (collectively, Appellants) challenged a city’s amendment of an economic development urban renewal plan. Specifically, Appellants challenged the use of tax increment financing (TIF)...

State v. Olutunde
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 141799

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with dependent adult abuse for allegedly punching a disabled client while Defendant was employed at a home caring for dependent adults. Defendant was charged with dependent adult abuse. The State fi...

State v. Hill
Date: April 22, 2016
Docket Number: 150030

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to failure to comply with sex-offender registry requirements. Defendant committed the offense while on parole for the underlying sex crime. The district court imposed a two-year prison sentence c...

Ramirez-Trujillo v. Quality Egg, LLC
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 140640

Justia Opinion Summary: Employee injured her back during the course of her employment. Employer paid for the cost of care Employee received to treat her injury through September 2009. Employee later brought a workers’ compensation claim seeking...

State v. Martin
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 141615

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pled not guilty to the charge of delivering methamphetamine. During jury selection, the prosecutor posed hypothetical questions approximating the facts of the case, intimated the State possessed additional evid...

Rhoades v. State
Date: April 15, 2016
Docket Number: 151169

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant pleaded guilty to one count of criminal transmission of HIV. Appellant later filed an application for postconviction relief alleging that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by allowing Appellant...

State v. Fisher
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 131238

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea agreement, Defendant pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance first offense. The judgment and sentence provided that Defendant’s driver’s license shall be revoked for 180 days and provide...

State v. Ary
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 141112

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of three counts of delivery of a controlled substance. The court of appeals reversed, concluding that defendant’s right to a fair trial by an impartial jury was violated due to...

In re Inquiry Concerning Joseph Sevcik
Date: April 8, 2016
Docket Number: 152008

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed an application for imposition of discipline against Joseph Sevcik, a part-time magistrate who also practiced law. The Commission found Magistrate Sevcik violated two o...

In re J.C.
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 140357

Justia Opinion Summary: The juvenile court adjudicated J.C. a delinquent child after finding beyond a reasonable doubt that J.C. committed assault with intent to commit sexual abuse. The court of appeals affirmed. At issue before the Supreme Co...

Hughes v. Farmers Auto. Ins. Ass’n
Date: April 1, 2016
Docket Number: 151161

Justia Opinion Summary: An SUV was being driven in the wrong direction on a highway when it collided with a semi-tractor-trailer. The SUV was totaled, and the SUV’s driver was killed. Second later, a motorcyclist ran into the SUV that was still...

State v. Rimmer
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 131397

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendants participated in an insurance fraud ring that staged car accidents in Illinois. Defendants lived in Wisconsin and Illinois and had never been to Iowa before their extradition. A Wisconsin insurance company paid...

State v. Gathercole
Date: March 25, 2016
Docket Number: 140816

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with attempted murder, robbery, and willful injury. During jury deliberations, Defendant moved for a mistrial or, alternatively, a poll of the jurors about their possible exposure to a factually ina...

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