Justice

Former ISU professor alleges gender discrimination in pay

BY: - January 16, 2022

A retired Iowa State University professor is suing the school for gender discrimination related to pay. Silvia R. Cianzio, a former professor in the Agronomy Department at ISU, claims in a newly filed lawsuit that for years she was paid less than her male colleagues at the school. The lawsuit, filed in Polk County District […]

Supreme Court blocks Biden workplace vaccine rule, allows health care workers mandate

BY: - January 13, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday dealt a blow to the Biden administration’s fight against the pandemic, blocking a federal mandate that workers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19 — though the court allowed a separate rule requiring vaccinations for some health care workers. The two rulings represented a split victory for Republican attorneys general from Ohio, Missouri, […]

Condition of the Judiciary 2022: Chief justice highlights COVID changes, juvenile justice system

BY: - January 12, 2022

Chief Justice Susan Christensen focused her annual Condition of the Judiciary address on the COVID-19 pandemic – how the courts adapted, and what changes would stay in place for the foreseeable future. It was a marked difference from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ Condition of the State address, where the pandemic was mentioned only in passing. “COVID […]

Supreme Court appears wary of Biden vaccine-or-test employer mandate

BY: - January 7, 2022

The U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority appeared unconvinced Friday of the Biden administration’s authority to impose a vaccine-or-test mandate on private businesses, casting doubt on a key piece of the White House COVID-19 response. The justices seemed potentially more comfortable with another Biden administration rule to fight the virus that requires certain health care workers […]

Nonprofits battle for disability dollars, alleging theft, slander and espionage

BY: - January 4, 2022

A long-simmering legal fight over the revenue tied to services for disabled Iowans has been settled out of court amid allegations of theft, slander and corporate espionage. The litigation sheds new light on the fierce competition for taxpayer dollars that can exist among nonprofit agencies set up to serve Iowans in need. It involves two […]

COMMENTARY

Two accidental shootings by police, two very different approaches to justice

BY: - January 1, 2022

Minnesota and its government officials delivered an important lesson recently on how to provide justice — and their lesson should be taken to heart by their neighbors in Iowa. The contrast is jarring between the way government handled the deaths of Daunte Wright in Brooklyn Center, Minn., and Autumn Steele in Burlington, Iowa. One was […]

Judge nomination redo yields same finalists

BY: - December 30, 2021

Derek Johnson, of Fort Dodge, is the newly appointed district judge for the state’s 2B judicial district, which encompasses 13 counties in north-central Iowa. Gov. Kim Reynolds announced his appointment Wednesday, about six weeks after she rejected Johnson’s first nomination for fear of a tainted nomination process. District Judge Kurt Stoebe, who was then the […]

IRS stands by decision on Iowa church and the use of hallucinogenic drugs

BY: - December 29, 2021

The Internal Revenue Service is standing by its decision to deny tax-exempt status to a self-described church in Des Moines that allegedly uses a hallucinogenic drug in religious ceremonies. Earlier this year, the Iowaska Church of Healing sued the IRS in U.S. District Court, challenging the federal agency’s decision to deny the church status as […]

Iowa romance novelist sues over efforts to have ghostwriter take over series

BY: - December 28, 2021

An Iowa writer of romance novels is suing her literary agent for allegedly attempting to take over her ongoing series of novels and have them completed by a ghostwriter. Marci Clark of Newton, who writes under the names Marci Bolden, Marci Boudreaux, M. Bolden and Emilia Mancini, is suing literary agent David Grishman of Massachusetts, […]

Federal law still treats marijuana as an illegal drug, creating headaches for states

BY: - December 28, 2021

Most states in the U.S. are in violation of a major federal drug statute. The 1971 Controlled Substances Act lists marijuana in the most dangerous category defined in the law, on par with cocaine and heroin because of its supposed potential for abuse and lack of medical applications. Iowa’s medical cannabis program is strictly limited […]

State wins injunction against furnace repairman implicated in death

BY: - December 23, 2021

The state of Iowa has been granted an injunction against an unlicensed heating contractor accused of causing the death of a customer. Earlier this fall, the Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board sought a court injunction that would restrain Jack Archer of Pleasant Hill from either contracting for, or performing services, in the plumbing, refrigeration […]

Another Iowa doctor facing competency case anonymously sues the state

BY: - December 22, 2021

Another Iowa doctor is suing the state under the name “John Doe,” this time in an effort to block the Iowa Board of Medicine from issuing a public statement of charges against him. The board argues it has “competency concerns” with the physician and that its case against the doctor should be allowed to proceed […]