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State v. Pettijohn  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 140830

Justia Opinion Summary: The administration of a warrantless breath test to Defendant violated Iowa Const. art. I, 8 because the State failed to prove that Defendant voluntarily consented to the warrantless breath test and failed to prove that t...

Godfrey v. State  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 150695

Justia Opinion Summary: This case involved claims brought against various state officials for damages related to public employment. Plaintiff was an Iowa Workers’ Compensation Commissioner. At issue in this interlocutory appeal were four counts...

Dakota, Minnesota & Eastern Railroad v. Iowa District Court for Louisa County  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 151456

Justia Opinion Summary: The owner of a railroad right-of-way filed a petition for certiorari challenging a district court order finding it in contempt for violating a 1977 judgment imposing an injunction against a previous owner of the right-of...

State v. Childs  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 151578

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court declined Defendant’s invitation to overturn State v. Comried, 693 N.W. 2d 773 (Iowa 2005), which interpreted the operating while intoxicated (OWI) statute to ban driving a motor vehicle with any detecti...

State v. Plain  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 160061

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court abandoned the exclusive use of absolute disparity as a test for jury representativeness under the Sixth Amendment and permitted absolute disparity, comparative disparity, and standard deviation analyses...

State v. Storm  
Date: June 30, 2017
Docket Number: 160362

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court decided not to abandon the automobile exception to the search warrant requirement under Iowa Const. art. I, 8 despite technological advances enabling police to obtain warrants from the scene of a traffi...

Haskenhoff v. Homeland Energy Solutions, LLC  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 150574

Justia Opinion Summary: In this employment discrimination case, prejudicial errors in four jury instructions required a new trial. Plaintiff filed claims against her former employer, alleging sexual harassment and retaliation under the Iowa Ci...

State v. Tipton  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 151515

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was convicted of two lottery-related offenses - fraudulently passing or redeeming, or attempting to pass or redeem, a lottery ticket; and influencing or attempting to influence the winning of a prize through fr...

State v. McNeal  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 151606

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court did not abuse its discretion in commencing a criminal trial on June 26 and then postponing the presentation of evidence to July 7, eight days after the June 29 expiration of the speedy trial deadline d...

STATE OF IOWA vs. ZACHARY RYAN JAMES
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 160609
State v. Russell  
Date: June 23, 2017
Docket Number: 160807

Justia Opinion Summary: In this interlocutory review on a discovery dispute, the Supreme Court affirmed the decision of the district court ordering counsel for Defendant to provide notice to the State before serving any subpoenas duces tecum on...

State v. Majors  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 141670

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant pleaded guilty to attempted murder and burglary in the second degree for a crime he committed when he was a juvenile. Following a resentencing hearing, the district court sentenced Defendant to a term of incarc...

State v. Roby  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 150175

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa Const. art. I, section 17 does not categorically prohibit a district court form sentencing a juvenile offender to a minimum term of incarceration without the possibility of parole, provided that the court only impos...

Brakke v. Iowa Department of Natural Resources  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 150328

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) lacked statutory authority to issue an emergency order that imposed a quarantine on land used as a whitetail deer-hunting preserve. Landowners challenged an emergency order...

Stender v. Blessum  
Date: June 16, 2017
Docket Number: 152016

Justia Opinion Summary: Plaintiff brought claims against her former attorney for legal malpractice. The district court submitted to the jury four claims (1) legal malpractice in Defendant’s representation of Plaintiff in her divorce, (2) legal...

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