Justice

Secrecy surrounding physician’s alleged incompetence now at issue in court case

BY: - September 22, 2021

The secrecy surrounding a state licensing board’s investigation of a Waterloo surgeon twice accused of incompetence is now the subject of litigation headed for the Iowa Supreme Court. At issue is the fact that patients who sue for malpractice have no way of knowing whether their doctor is the subject of an active, ongoing investigation […]

COMMENTARY

Cybercriminals use pandemic to attack schools and colleges

BY: - September 21, 2021

Cyberattacks have hit schools and colleges harder than any other industry during the pandemic. In 2020, including the costs of downtime, repairs and lost opportunities, the average ransomware attack cost educational institutions $2.73 million. That is $300,000 more than the next-highest sector – distributors and transportation companies. From Aug. 14 to Sept. 12, 2021, educational […]

U.S. Supreme Court schedules Dec. 1 oral arguments in major abortion case

BY: - September 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments Dec. 1 in a case that threatens to overturn decades of abortion protections established under the landmark 1973 ruling in Roe v. Wade. The upcoming case, Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, stems from a Mississippi law that bans most abortions after 15 weeks. It has […]

Republican AGs urge Biden administration to give up on vaccine requirements

BY: - September 17, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two dozen Republican state attorneys general are threatening to sue the Biden administration over its mandate that large employers require their employees to either be vaccinated against the coronavirus or undergo weekly testing. In a Thursday letter, the 24 AGs pushed the administration to remove the requirement that would affect nearly 80 million Americans […]

Gymnasts urge U.S. Senate to investigate Larry Nassar sexual abuse after botched FBI inquiry

BY: - September 15, 2021

WASHINGTON — Olympic gold medalists including Simone Biles and Aly Raisman on Wednesday detailed for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee the failure of the FBI to investigate dozens of complaints of sexual abuse committed by Larry Nassar, the disgraced team doctor for USA Gymnastics and a former Michigan State University physician. The gymnasts also urged senators to […]

Arizona attorney general first to sue over Biden vaccine mandate on private businesses

BY: - September 14, 2021

WASHINGTON — Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Tuesday filed the first lawsuit against the Biden administration’s upcoming COVID-19 vaccine mandate for private companies with at least 100 employees, arguing that the federal requirement violates the U.S. Constitution. In the legal complaint, Brnovich argues that the vaccine mandate President Joe Biden announced last week violates the Equal Protection Clause, claiming […]

Federal judge hears arguments on Iowa’s school mask mandate ban

BY: - September 10, 2021

An Iowa disability group and families of students with disabilities asked a federal district judge on Friday to issue an injunction against Iowa law to allow school districts to require masks. The ACLU of Iowa filed the lawsuit last week on behalf of the Arc of Iowa and the 11 families with medically fragile children. […]

FBI agent: Growth of cybercrime ‘unbelievable,’ tougher penalties needed

BY: - September 9, 2021

The federal government is “way behind the times” in fighting cybercrimes and must do more to respond to growing, largely unchecked threats, an FBI agent told the Greater Des Moines Partnership Thursday.  “Our cyber laws are actually way behind the times,” said Ken Schmutz, Omaha-based supervisory special agent and member of the Cyber Task Force […]

Biden to mandate COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees and contractors, reports say

BY: - September 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — Federal employees will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with no opt-out for testing under an executive order that President Joe Biden is expected to sign Thursday, according to several news outlets. The new requirement will be rolled out as Biden gives a major address Thursday afternoon on new national strategies for combating […]

Patients from Texas overwhelm New Mexico abortion funds

BY: - September 8, 2021

Abortion rights and health care access advocates in New Mexico described a sense of heaviness as they took an influx of calls from people seeking abortion services in the fallout of last week’s U.S. Supreme Court order. In a one-paragraph, unsigned order issued just before midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 1, the court did not strike […]

In court, drug middlemen fight to limit pharmacies insured patients can use

BY: - September 7, 2021

In the first test of a 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, drug middlemen last week argued that federal law gives them a crucial right to limit which pharmacies patients with health insurance can use — or at least make it more expensive if patients get their medicine at a shop that isn’t preferred by the […]

Court tosses out breath test, but upholds Iowa woman’s OWI conviction

BY: - September 6, 2021

After finding that blood-alcohol tests shouldn’t have been admitted in the drunken-driving trial of an Oskaloosa woman, the Iowa Court of Appeals upheld the woman’s conviction based in part on incriminating statements she made before being advised of her rights. According to court records, Dawn Loryne Chambers’ car was found in a Mahaska County ditch […]