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State v. Brown  
Date: January 5, 2018
Docket Number: 16-0563

Justia Opinion Summary: Law enforcement officers executing a search warrant violated Defendant’s rights under Iowa Const. art. I, 8 by searching her purse while she was a visitor present at the premises to be searched but where the search warra...

Shcharansky v. Shapiro  
Date: December 29, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1265

Justia Opinion Summary: The district court erred in ruling that the coguarantors of a loan were not entitled to contribution from other guarantors of an underlying debt because the funds used to make the payments on the debt were provided to th...

Westco Agronomy Company, LLC v. Wollesen  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 15-0471

Justia Opinion Summary: West Central Cooperative was an agricultural cooperative owned by farmers. Westco Agronomy Co., L.L.C. was a wholly-owned subsidiary of West Central formed in 2005 for the purpose of streamlining delivery of agronomy pro...

State v. Diallo  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0279

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was entitled to withdraw his guilty plea to assault causing bodily injury because the district court did not substantially comply with Iowa R. Crim. P. 2.8(2)(b)(2) during the guilty plea colloquy. Specifically...

Iowa v. Weitzel  
Date: December 22, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1112

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant Jason Weitzel appealed the judgment and sentences entered on his guilty pleas to domestic abuse assault, possession of methamphetamine, carrying weapons, and operating while intoxicated. Defendant challenged th...

Shams v. Hassan  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1344

Justia Opinion Summary: This case, which turned on the issue of when Plaintiff’s causes of action accrued, must be reversed and remanded for a new trial because genuine factual disputes over the statute of limitations should be resolved by the...

Belk v. State  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0304

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court dismissing Appellant’s amended application for postconviction relief. In his application for postconviction relief, Appellant alleged that, pursuant to Iowa...

Franklin v. State  
Date: December 15, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1171

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the order of the district court finding that it did not have subject matter jurisdiction to hear Appellant’s challenge under Iowa Code 822.2. Appellant, a prisoner, filed a postconviction-reli...

State v. Jonas  
Date: December 1, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1560

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of second-degree murder. On appeal, Defendant claimed, among other things, that he was forced to use a peremptory strike to disqualify a...

City of Eagle Grove, Iowa v. Cahalan Investments, LLC  
Date: December 1, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1658

Justia Opinion Summary: The claims brought by the City of Eagle Grove alleging two properties owned by Cahalan Investments, LLC were abandoned and in an advanced state if disrepair and praying for a transfer of ownership from Cahalan to the Cit...

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board v. Jason A. Springer
Date: December 1, 2017
Docket Number: 17-1338
State v. Garcia  
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 15-1543

Justia Opinion Summary: Defendant was not entitled to an automatic new trial after the district court, over Defendant’s objection, required a standby interpreter for his jury trial. Defendant requested, and was provided, an interpreter for al...

State v. Scheffert  
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-0267

Justia Opinion Summary: The Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the district court denying Defendant’s motion to suppress evidence obtained after an officer stopped his vehicle for being on a county access road after hours. The district cour...

Tyler v. Iowa Department of Revenue  
Date: November 17, 2017
Docket Number: 16-1731

Justia Opinion Summary: Iowa may constitutionally deny an inheritance tax exemption for bequests to stepchildren when the marriage between parent and stepparent was dissolved before the stepparent’s death, while granting an exemption when the m...

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