Justice

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything the […]

U.S. attorney general says DOJ asked for public release of search warrant for Trump estate

BY: - August 11, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the U.S. Department of Justice moved Thursday to release the search warrant a federal judge issued earlier this week that allowed federal agents to enter former President Donald Trump’s residence at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. DOJ, Garland said, has ​​filed a motion in the Southern District of Florida […]

State attorneys general talk future tech cases in national conference

BY: - August 10, 2022

State attorneys general may soon play a larger role in the regulation of tech companies and digital industries, speakers discussed at the National Association of Attorneys General summit this week. Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller, NAAG president, chose the topic for this week’s conference in Des Moines: consumer protection in the internet age. The officials […]

Former teacher accuses Polk County principal of discrimination

BY: - August 9, 2022

A former central Iowa school teacher is suing the Saydel Community School District for alleged gender discrimination. Jacqueline Loew began working for Polk County’s Saydel Community School District in August 2019. She was employed as a high school English teacher, with Principal Kevin Schulte acting as her direct supervisor. In February 2021, according to a […]

Republicans in Congress line up behind Trump after he says FBI searched Mar-a-Lago

BY: - August 9, 2022

Republicans in Congress fumed Tuesday in reaction to former President Donald Trump’s Monday evening statement that the FBI executed a search warrant at Mar-a-Lago, his home in Palm Beach, Florida. Democrats had little to say Tuesday about the apparent search, though some defended the execution of justice regardless of a person’s political power. The massive publicity […]

TikTok challenge sparks car thefts and class-action lawsuit against Kia, Hyundai

BY: - August 8, 2022

Amidst a rapid proliferation of social-media posts offering people tips on how to easily steal a Kia or Hyundai automobile, two Iowans have filed a class-action lawsuit against the car makers. Ann Brady of Polk County and Leah Price of Decatur County are suing Kia America, Inc., Hyundai Motor America, and Hyundai Kia America Technical […]

COMMENTARY

Two wrongful-arrest cases show suspicion is not enough in our system of justice

BY: - August 6, 2022

It is difficult for many of us to muster empathy for people accused of crimes who have complaints about the way police treated them. This lack of empathy probably occurs because ordinary folks do not think they will be in situations like people accused of crimes. If that includes you, allow me to introduce you […]

Linn-Mar schools sued over new gender-identity policy

BY: - August 5, 2022

A conservative group calling itself Parents Defending Education is suing the Linn-Mar Community School District over its policy of facilitating students’ gender-identity transitions without parental notice. The lawsuit, filed this week in U.S. District Court, alleges the eastern Iowa school district is flouting nearly a century of Supreme Court precedent that says parents have a […]

Legal battle over ownership of Terrace Hill artifacts escalates

BY: - August 4, 2022

The state of Iowa is asking a judge to dismiss a charity’s claim that it owns many of the artifacts on display in the governor’s mansion. Terrace Hill, located at 2300 Grand Ave. in Des Moines, is the official residence of the governor of the state, and is a National Historic Landmark built in 1869. […]

UNI professor in discipline case accused of ‘long-standing pattern’ of research misconduct

BY: - August 4, 2022

The University of Northern Iowa is defending its decision to discipline a professor who had previously been sanctioned for plagiarism. Gayle Pohl, an associate professor and public relations instructor at UNI, is seeking judicial review of the school’s decision last year to discipline her for allegedly violating school policies on research. According to newly filed […]

Iowa Attorney General’s Office investigates scammer calls

BY: - August 3, 2022

Iowa’s attorney general’s office, along with 50 other attorney generals, has formed a task force aimed at curtailing illegal robocalls in the United States. The task force’s focus is to investigate and shut down telecommunications providers that profit from failing to stop the illegal scam calls. Over 33 million scam robocalls are made to Americans […]

Zoo owners lose battle to reduce fine for contempt of court

BY: - August 3, 2022

An Iowa judge has denied a request to reduce a $70,000 fine imposed against the owners of eastern Iowa’s shuttered Cricket Hollow Zoo. In May, zoo owners Pamela and Thomas Sellner asked the court to reduce the fine they face for contempt of court. The contempt finding stems from a court ruling that the couple […]