Iowa court of appeals

Judges grill lawyers for closed zoo in appeal requesting new trial

BY: - June 22, 2021

Iowa Court of Appeals judges on Tuesday questioned why lawyers for a Delaware County zoo closed for “deplorable” conditions didn’t object more aggressively to a judge’s actions in district court.  Delaware County District Judge Monica Zrinyi Wittig in 2019 cited “unsanitary, horrible” conditions for animals at the zoo before ordering the long-time private attraction closed […]

Iowa lawyer accused of lying to the court links Capitol riot to his discipline

BY: - May 26, 2021

A criminal-defense lawyer who was reprimanded for allegedly lying to the court says his discipline is in some way linked to the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol. In 2018, attorney Allan M. Richards of Tama, who handles high-profile murder cases, applied for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court. He was asked on that […]

Court denies new trial for man injured in rolling bachelor-party fracas

BY: - May 18, 2021

An Iowa man is not entitled into a new civil trial tied to a moonshine-fueled bachelor party that “devolved into discord and violence,” the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Court records indicate that in 2017, Colby Newman of Mt. Pleasant planned a bachelor party for his brother, Spencer Newman, and that Colby’s cousin, who […]

Court upholds $11 million penalty for Iowan’s Facebook attacks on former boss

BY: - May 14, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals has upheld an $11 million jury award in a libel case involving an Iowan who “doggedly and relentlessly” used Facebook and other social media tools to denigrate a former employer. The case involves an Iowa businessman, Scott Clark, who admitted in court he had a “compulsion” and had repeatedly used […]

Iowa man gets new trial after admitting he sent texts to wife’s suspected paramour

BY: - May 14, 2021

An Iowa man who made self-incriminating statements on the witness stand before his conviction in a criminal-mischief case is entitled to a new trial due to ineffective legal counsel, the Iowa Court of Appeals has ruled. Declaring that a jury “should never have heard” the defendant’s admission that he sent ominous and potentially threatening text […]

Witness’ account of a child’s re-enactment of abuse was allowable, Iowa Supreme Court says

BY: - April 23, 2021

Should Iowa courts allow witnesses to describe a small child’s unspoken re-enactment of alleged abuse, or should such evidence be barred from trials as hearsay? That was one of the questions the Iowa Supreme Court dealt with Friday in upholding the conviction of a day care worker accused of choking a 4-year-old child. Shanna Dessinger […]

Court of Appeals hears case on hospital patient’s alleged abuse

BY: - February 9, 2021

The Iowa Court of Appeals is poised to rule on a lawsuit that pits state regulators against a nurse accused of physically abusing a hospital patient. The case involves a 66-year-old woman who in 2017 was a patient in the Behavioral Unit of St. Luke’s Hospital in Cedar Rapids. The woman was diagnosed with bipolar […]