Justice

House Dems ask why federal judges hired law clerk alleged to have sent racist text

BY: - November 11, 2021

WASHINGTON — Democratic leaders of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee are urging the chief justice of the Supreme Court to investigate decisions by federal judges in Georgia and Alabama to hire a law clerk who allegedly has “a history of nakedly racist and hateful conduct.” The letter says the Democrats have “grave concern” about the […]

State seeks injunction to stop furnace repairman implicated in customer’s death

BY: - November 11, 2021

The state of Iowa is going to court to stop an unlicensed heating contractor from continuing to ply his trade in central Iowa, alleging his work has caused the death of a customer. The Iowa Plumbing & Mechanical Systems Board is seeking a court injunction restraining Jack Archer of Pleasant Hill from either contracting for, […]

Lawsuit alleges negligence leading to Madison County inmate’s suicide

BY: - November 10, 2021

Madison County and a community health organization are facing a wrongful death lawsuit over the 2020 suicide of a jail inmate. The federal lawsuit, which appears to draw heavily from audio and video recordings made at the Madison County Jail, gives a detailed, minute-by-minute account of the alleged events leading up to the suicide of […]

Davenport banker accused of fraud in million-dollar scheme targeting the SBA

BY: - November 10, 2021

An Iowa banking executive, accused of attempting to defraud the Small Business Administration through a scheme involving millions of dollars, has pleaded guilty to a charge of wire fraud. Larry Charles Henson of Davenport, the former president and chairman of the now-shuttered Valley Bank in Moline, Illinois, is expected to be sentenced March 8. He […]

Convicted killer to be refunded $50,000 intended for victim restitution

BY: - November 8, 2021

A convicted murderer is entitled to the $50,000 in cash that a judge had designated for victim restitution, the Iowa Courts of Appeals has ruled. According to court records, James Farnsworth II was arrested by Mason City police in April 2012 for the stabbing death of Ian Decker. In the hours before the stabbing, Farnsworth’s […]

Court upholds conviction of man who went through five lawyers before trial

BY: - November 8, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld the willful injury conviction of a Polk County man who was sentenced to 35 years in prison after rejecting five attorneys and choosing to represent himself at trial. In March 2017, James Deyo Robinson was arrested and charged with burglary in the first degree, willful injury causing serious […]

CVS sometimes forces people to use its pharmacies. Now the Supreme Court will weigh in

BY: - November 6, 2021

CVS Health and other massive corporations often use their pharmacy middleman subsidiaries to force people to get the most expensive class of drugs from the businesses’ own mail-order pharmacies. Some call the practice “patient steering.” CVS and companies such as UnitedHealth and ExpressScripts/Cigna say the arrangements save patients money. But some patients, oncologists and other […]

Gun safety group files suit alleging NRA coordinated with Hawley, Rosendale campaigns

BY: - November 6, 2021

The Giffords gun safety organization has sued the National Rifle Association and the campaigns of U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley and U.S. Rep. Matt Rosendale, alleging the gun rights group used shell corporations to improperly aid the Republican lawmakers in 2018. Two NRA affiliates made up to $35 million in illegal campaign contributions — in the […]

ARL evacuates over 500 dogs from Iowa puppy mills

BY: - November 4, 2021

The Animal Rescue League of Iowa and other organizations have rescued over 500 dogs from Iowa puppy mill owner Daniel Gingerich. ARL officials said it was their largest rescue and the dogs are being treated and prepared for adoption.  “All dogs are now safe, are being brought to health, and have been given a second […]

Lawsuit: Pizza-delivery workers’ net wages total 35 cents an hour in Iowa

BY: - November 4, 2021

A lawsuit alleges that by shortchanging its Iowa delivery drivers on mileage reimbursement, Domino’s Pizza is effectively paying those workers 35 cents an hour. Alexia Stevens, a former Domino’s driver who worked for two years in North Liberty, is suing Pizza Brake Inc., a company that does business throughout Iowa as Domino’s Pizza. The lawsuit […]

Supreme Court justices skeptical about New York gun control law

BY: - November 3, 2021

WASHINGTON — Conservative justices on the U.S. Supreme Court expressed skepticism Wednesday after listening to two hours of oral arguments on a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying a gun outside the home — a case that will test how far states can go when crafting their own laws. In New York State […]

Iowa doctor initiates court challenge of medical board’s disciplinary process

BY: - November 3, 2021

A Wright County doctor is suing the Iowa Board of Medicine for disciplinary action it took in response to him surrendering his license in Minnesota. The lawsuit brought by Dr. Dennis Colby, 66, alleges that earlier this year he voluntarily surrendered his medical license in Minnesota, where he had not practiced for 27 years while […]