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More v. Iowa
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: 141623

Justia Opinion Summary: A jury convicted Glendale More Jr. of first-degree murder in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Wauneita Townsend. He applied for postconviction relief, arguing that he was entitled to a new trial because at hi...

In the matter of Honorable Mary E. Howes
Date: May 20, 2016
Docket Number: 160005

Justia Opinion Summary: The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications filed an application for discipline of a judicial officer recommending the Supreme Court publicly reprimand district court judge Mary E. Howes, Seventh Judicial District. Ju...

NuStar Farms, LLC v. Zylstra
Date: May 13, 2016
Docket Number: 141860

Justia Opinion Summary: Attorney Larry Stoller filed a multicount petition on behalf of NuStar Farms, LLC against Robert and Marcia Zylstra, alleging that the Zylstras agreed to sell NuStar a parcel of farmland but failed to tender the requisit...

State v. Richards
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 140019

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with domestic abuse assault. During trial, the court admitted evidence about previous incidents during which Defendant allegedly slapped the victim, struck her, and threw her against a refrigerator,...

De Stefano v. Apartments Downtown, Inc.
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 140820

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tenants moved out of an apartment, Landlord withheld the rental deposit for an automatic carpet-cleaning charge, replacement of a damaged door, and monthly penalties for failure to pay for the door. Tenant sued in...

Estate of Gray v. Baldi
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Number: 141547

Justia Opinion Summary: Paul Gray’s surviving spouse, Brenna, and daughter, O.D.G., filed suit against Dr. Daniel Baldi and several Iowa healthcare providers, alleging that Defendants negligently treated Paul during his struggle with substance...

Caruso v. Apartments Downtown, Inc.
Date: May 6, 2016
Docket Numbers: 141783, 141783

Justia Opinion Summary: After Tenants moved out of an apartment, Landlord deducted $904 fomr the rental deposit for an automatic carpet-cleaning charge, replacement of an interior door, and monthly penalties for failure to pay for the door. Ten...

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

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was charged with two counts of robbery in the second degree. Defendant filed a motion to suppress, arguing that the warrantless search of his closed backpack by an officer who relied on a third party’s consent...

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...

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