Vaccaro v. Polk CountyAnnotate this Case
In this interlocutory appeal, the Supreme Court reversed the decision of the district court ordering certain records produced to Plaintiff in discovery before trial, holding that the district court erred by relying on civil discovery rules to compel production of the records at issue.
Plaintiff's daughter was killed in a motorcycle accident. Plaintiff brought a tort action against the driver of the motorcycle and settled without subpoenaing the county sheriff's investigative reports. After a criminal investigation and prosecution of the driver was complete Plaintiff brought this enforcement action under Iowa Code chapter 22 against the county sheriff's department seeking to obtain its complete investigation file. The district court ordered the records produced to Plaintiff in discovery before trial without ruling on their confidentiality. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the district court erred in compelling disclosure of the sheriff's investigation materials to Plaintiff's counsel.