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In re Interest of D.S.
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 130888

Justia Opinion Summary: Fifteen-year-old D.S. was accused of harassing a peer during an after-school confrontation. The State filed a petition alleging that D.S. had committed a delinquent act, specifically harassment in the third degree. After...

State v. Hellstern
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 131228

Justia Opinion Summary: After he was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (OWI), Defendant sought legal advice regarding whether to submit to a chemical breath test during a teleconference with a lawyer. Defendant asked for...

In re Interest of A.M.
Date: November 21, 2014
Docket Number: 140806

Justia Opinion Summary: In 2013, a child-in-need-of-assistance (CINA) petition was filed alleging that three minor children were in need. The guardian ad litem subsequently subpoenaed Mother’s therapist to testify at the CINA adjudicatory heari...

State v. Walker
Date: November 14, 2014
Docket Number: 121065

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with first-degree kidnapping. The trial information included a proposed enhancement based on Defendant’s prior Ohio conviction of a sexually predatory offense. A jury ultimately found Defendant guil...

Shelby County Cookers, LLC v. Utility Consultants Int’l, Inc.
Date: November 7, 2014
Docket Number: 130253

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff, a limited liability company, contracted with Defendant, a utility bill review consultant. After Defendant reviewed four utility bills and informed Plaintiff it was entitled to a substantial refund for sales ta...

Alta Vista Props., LLC vs. Mauer Vision Ctr., PC
Date: October 31, 2014
Docket Number: 130496

Justia Opinion Summary: Tenant leased certain property from Landlord. Landlord filed a petition for a declaratory judgment seeking a ruling that it could have reasonable access to the property to show it to prospective buyers. The district cour...

State v. Rogerson
Date: October 24, 2014
Docket Number: 131329

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with four counts of unintentionally causing serious injury by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Before trial, the State moved to allow three out-of-state victims of the car accident and three lab...

Gits Mfg. Co. v. Frank
Date: October 17, 2014
Docket Number: 130665

Justia Opinion Summary: The Workers’ Compensation Commission found Employee to be totally and permanently disabled under the odd-lot doctrine and denied Employer and its Insurer (collectively, Employer) certain credits for disability payments p...

In re Dean
Date: September 12, 2014
Docket Number: 140510

Justia Opinion Summary: Based on a complaint from a district court judge alleging that District Associate Judge Emily Dean arrived at a courthouse in an intoxicated state and could not perform her judicial duties, the Iowa Commission on Judicia...

Date: September 5, 2014
Docket Number: 140507

State v. Taylor
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 111020

Justia Opinion Summary: When he was seventeen years old, Appellant committed the crime of first-degree robbery. Appellant was sentenced to a term of imprisonment not to exceed twenty-five years. Appellant was sentenced under a statute that requ...

State v. Lyle
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 111339

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellant was a seventeen-year-old high school student when he took a small plastic bag containing marijuana from a fellow student outside the high school. After a jury trial, Appellant was convicted of robbery in the se...

Pippen v. State
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 120913

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiffs, fourteen African-Americans, brought a class action suit against the State, including thirty-seven different executive branch departments, under the Federal Civil Rights Act and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. In t...

State v. Short
Date: July 18, 2014
Docket Number: 121150

Justia Opinion Summary: The State charged Defendant, a probationer, with burglary and theft after police officers conducted a warrantless search of Defendant’s home. Defendant filed a motion to suppress contending that the search warrant was in...

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