Justice

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Bar association and court back doctor who says lawyer overbilled him

BY: - July 7, 2021

An Iowa attorney and his physician client are battling in court over the lawyer’s six-figure fees, which an arbitrator found to be excessive and the result of “wasteful activities.” The case pits Mike Sellers, a well-respected Des Moines attorney who specializes in medical-misconduct cases, against a former client, Dr. Amit Gupta, who now lives and […]

Lawsuit: DM police ignored law requiring arrests in domestic-violence cases

BY: - July 6, 2021

A Des Moines woman who was the subject of repeated acts of domestic violence is suing the city’s police department, alleging officers failed to arrest her attacker as required by state law. The woman, suing under the assumed name Jane Doe, is accusing the department and officers Rhett R. Routh, Robert L. Crouse, Eric S. […]

Supreme Court upholds Arizona ban on early ballot collecting

BY: - July 1, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s ban on third-party ballot collections, reversing the 9th Circuit’s ruling last year that the prohibition violated the Voting Rights Act. In a 6-3 opinion, the high court ruled on Thursday that Arizona’s 2016 law doesn’t violate Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act and that it wasn’t enacted with […]

Iowa Supreme Court rules the state can block Planned Parenthood sex education programs

BY: - June 30, 2021

Iowa lawmakers can prohibit Planned Parenthood from teaching federally funded sex education to students, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In the final hours of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers passed a law that would make Planned Parenthood’s sex education services ineligible for two federal grants: the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, administered by the […]

Iowa Supreme Court overturns Branstad discrimination lawsuit

BY: - June 30, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a former state employee has no claims against former Gov. Terry Branstad in a decade-long discrimination case. “I am so incredibly appreciative of the ruling issued by the Iowa Supreme Court in this case today,” Branstad said in a statement Wednesday. “This has been a very long road […]

Car dealer who defrauded customers sues DOT for ‘financial harm’

BY: - June 30, 2021

A former western Iowa car salesman accused of theft and fraud is now suing the state for interfering with his ability to continue selling cars. In 2018, Robert Adams, then the owner of the Adams Motor Company dealership in Denison, was charged with 11 counts of first-degree theft, three counts of second-degree theft, and one […]

COMMENTARY

A Supreme Court ruling creates an existential crisis for the NCAA

BY: - June 29, 2021

The world of bigtime college sports is about to change profoundly in ways not even experts yet comprehend because of a bombshell U.S. Supreme Court ruling against the National Collegiate Athletic Association. Last week’s unanimous and unambiguous decision in NCAA v. Alston eviscerates the American college football and basketball cartel’s business model of earning billions […]

Supreme Court affirms transgender rights in declining to hear Virginia school bathroom case

BY: - June 28, 2021

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that it will not hear a case of a transgender student in Virginia who was barred from using the boys’ bathroom, a decision that affirms lower-court rulings that said treating transgender students differently violates federal law. Justices on the top court offered no comment in declining to take […]

COMMENTARY

Schools must act carefully on students’ off-campus speech, Supreme Court rules

BY: - June 27, 2021

For decades, U.S. courts have ruled that public school students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech and expression at the schoolhouse gate,” as the Supreme Court said in 1968. In that case, Tinker v. Des Moines Independent School District, the justices held that high school students who were suspended for protesting […]

COMMENTARY

Even when police violence is ‘justified,’ we should ask if it could be avoided

BY: - June 26, 2021

ROCK ISLAND, Ill. — Police officers are agents of state violence. There is nothing particularly radical about that notion. After all, they strap on Tasers, nightsticks, pepper spray, handcuffs and guns every day. Society has bestowed these men and women with an enormous responsibility. Their job is to keep order. And they have special sanction […]

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SCOTUS ruling favors oil interests over ethanol, Iowans criticize decision

BY: - June 25, 2021

The U.S. Supreme Court has added stress to an already agitated ethanol industry, overturning a 10th Circuit Court decision and voting 6-3 to allow broader biofuels waivers for oil refineries. Dissenting judges said a waiver that never existed can’t be extended. The case revolved around whether small oil refineries can ask for a waiver if […]

COMMENTARY

Water quality ruling wasn’t one of the court’s finest moments

BY: - June 23, 2021

Through the long arc of history, the Iowa Supreme Court has developed a reputation for judicial courage that often puts it ahead of many other courts when crafting groundbreaking decisions before important legal concepts become widely accepted. The issues have been meaty, and controversial, especially here in the middle of America. Iowa has been a […]