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State v. Hoyman
Date: May 1, 2015
Docket Number: 140262

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was found guilty of first-degree fraudulent practice and sentenced to an indeterminate term of ten years in prison. Defendant appealed, arguing that the trial court erred in its instructions...

Nelson v. Lindaman
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 130719

Justia Opinion Summary: A physician (Dr. Lindaman) participating in a child abuse assessment of a three-week-old infant (E.N.) treated E.N.’s broken arm and told the investigator for the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) that the father’s...

McKee v. Isle of Capri Casinos, Inc.
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 140802

Justia Opinion Summary: Patron won 185 credits, or $1.85, while playing a penny slot machine at a Casino. However, at the same time, a message appeared on the screen stating, “Bonus Award - $41797550.16.” The Casino refused to pay the alleged b...

State v. Nicoletto
Date: April 24, 2015
Docket Number: 141193

Justia Opinion Summary: Appellee, a former high school basketball coach, was convicted of sexual exploitation of a student. Within hours of his sentencing, Appellee filed a notice of appeal, posted the appeal bond, and was released from custody...

State v. Penn-Kennedy
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 131615

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was arrested for public intoxication. The State filed a criminal complaint 120 days later charging Defendant with operating while intoxicated (OWI). The complaint arose from the same incident that resulted in t...

State v. Lyon
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 131938

Justia Opinion Summary: A police officer stopped Defendant’s vehicle based upon a suspicion that Defendant was operating a vehicle without proper illumination. Defendant was subsequently arrested for, and charged with, driving while intoxicated...

State v. Thacker
Date: April 17, 2015
Docket Number: 140374

Justia Opinion Summary: Pursuant to a plea bargain, Defendant pled guilty to harassment in the first degree, an aggravated misdemeanor. The district court imposed a sentence, but the sentencing order did not contain the provisions of the plea b...

State v. Rooney
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 130618

Justia Opinion Summary: After a jury trial, Defendant was convicted of third-degree burglary for entering a soon-to-be demolished, dilapidated house to obtain scrap metal. Defendant appealed, arguing (1) the evidence was insufficient to support...

LSCP, LLLP v. Kay-Decker
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 140494

Justia Opinion Summary: At issue in this appeal was the constitutionality of the statutory framework under which Iowa taxes the delivery of natural gas at variable tax rates depending on volume and the taxpayer’s geographic location within the...

Clarke County Reservoir Comm’n v. Abbott
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 140774

Justia Opinion Summary: The Clarke County Reservoir Commission, comprised of several agencies located in Clarke County, decided to move ahead with plans to build a new public reservoir for drinking water. The Commission filed a declaratory acti...

Iowa Dep’t of Human Servs. v. Cmty. Care, Inc.
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 141522

Justia Opinion Summary: DeWitt Bank & Trust Company (Bank) held perfected security interests on real and personal property of Community Care, Inc. (CCI). When the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) determined that CCI had committed Medicai...

Iowa Dep’t of Human Servs. v. Morse Healthcare Servs., Inc.
Date: April 10, 2015
Docket Number: 141542

Justia Opinion Summary: This case was the companion interlocutory appeal with facts that mirrored Iowa Dep’t of Human Servs. v. DeWitt Bank and Trust Co., decided on the day of this opinion. As in DeWitt Bank, the Iowa Department of Human Servi...

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