Trump pleads not guilty, waives arraignment in Georgia 2020 election interference case

BY: - August 31, 2023

Former President Donald Trump entered a not guilty plea on Thursday in Fulton County Superior Court on 13 felony counts that charge him with racketeering for attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. In the court filing on Thursday, Trump also voluntarily waived his right to an arraignment hearing scheduled for Wednesday in […]

Iowa attorney general appeals decision allowing non-English voting materials

BY: - August 30, 2023

Iowa Attorney General Brenna Bird is appealing a judge’s decision that cleared the way for election officials to offer non-English voting materials to the public. “We are appealing the district court’s decision against the Secretary of State’s Office to protect election integrity and defend state law,” Bird said Wednesday in a written statement. “The Iowa […]

Attorney, facing criminal charges, agrees to license suspension

BY: - August 30, 2023

A Marshall County attorney facing criminal charges has agreed to a suspension of her law license based on a disability. The Iowa Supreme Court suspended the license of Jennifer Jo Frese, 42, this week for an undefined period.  The court’s order indicates that Frese consented to a recommendation from the court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board that […]

Judge sets March trial date in Trump federal election interference case

BY: - August 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — The federal trial in the case accusing former President Donald Trump of knowingly lying about the 2020 presidential election results and trying to overturn them will begin in March, a federal judge said Monday. U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who waived Trump’s appearance for the first hearing, scheduled jury selection to begin March […]

One for the books as Trump and rest of Fulton 19 enter Georgia justice system over 2020 election

BY: , and - August 25, 2023

At the end of a historic week at the Fulton County jailhouse, the criminal case against former President Donald Trump and his 18 allies also accused of subverting Georgia’s 2020 presidential election is just beginning. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis alleges Trump and the rest of the group – which include lawyers, former federal […]

Judge orders certain records in police-shooting case to be kept secret

BY: - August 25, 2023

A federal judge has ruled that the family of an unarmed man who was shot and killed by Waterloo police should not be allowed to characterize the death as murder and has issued a protective order to keep confidential certain records in the case. The rulings settle two of the preliminary legal skirmishes in a […]

Trump supporters, detractors face off outside jail as he’s booked on Georgia racketeering charges

BY: , and - August 24, 2023

Former President Donald Trump was booked and quickly released at the Fulton County Jail Thursday evening during a trip from New Jersey to Atlanta that played out on primetime TV and capped a drama-filled day outside the facility. Trump’s sprawling motorcade arrived at the jail at about 7:30 p.m. And he was released after about […]

Live coverage from Fulton County: Trump, allies surrender in election interference case

BY: - August 24, 2023

Former President Donald Trump and his 18 co-defendants have until noon Friday to voluntarily surrender after a Fulton County grand jury handed up indictments last week alleging a multistate plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Trump arrived at the Fulton County Jail Thursday evening and was booked on charges of violating Georgia’s RICO […]


Judicial ethics in Iowa differ from Washington ethics

BY: - August 24, 2023

There were more disclosures in recent days in the ongoing saga involving the ethical standards of justices on the U.S. Supreme Court — or, more accurately, the lack of ethical standards. With each new disclosure about our nation’s highest court, the reputations of justices here on the Iowa Supreme Court take on more luster — […]

Former delivery driver for Iowa pharmacy charged in a string of burglaries

BY: - August 23, 2023

The former delivery driver for a western Iowa pharmacy is accused of burglarizing the homes of her former customers in order to steal their medications. Records from the Iowa Board of Nursing and the Iowa Board of Pharmacy indicate that in June 2021, Aaron Stangel, the owner of Stangel Pharmacy in Onawa, hired Sarah Haptonstall, […]

Federal judge blocks Georgia from enforcing ban on hormone therapy for transgender minors

BY: - August 21, 2023

Georgia families contemplating hormone therapy for their minor transgender children will have more time to make a decision after a federal judge temporarily blocked Georgia’s ban on the treatments Sunday. Georgia’s Senate Bill 140 went into effect July 1, preventing doctors from prescribing estrogen or testosterone to transgender people under 18, with exceptions for minors […]

Abortion pill to stay on the market until U.S. Supreme Court ruling after appeals court order

BY: - August 16, 2023

WASHINGTON —  A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday the abortion pill can stay on the market, but it agreed with a lower court that ultimately use should revert to prescribing and dosage instructions that were in place before 2016 That appeals court ruling will immediately be put on hold until the U.S. Supreme Court decides whether to […]