Iowa Supreme Court

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 […]


Judge calls out lawmakers on ‘tricks’ and ‘mischiefs’ in legislative process

BY: - June 28, 2021

Last week’s district court ruling that struck down a 2020 Iowa law was notable not only as the latest skirmish in the war over abortion rights but also for the way the judge took Iowa lawmakers to task for the shortcuts they have been taking with the legislative process. District Judge Mitchell Turner dispensed fairly […]


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 […]

Iowa Supreme Court upholds part of Waterloo’s ‘ban the box’ ordinance

BY: - June 21, 2021

A portion of Waterloo’s “ban the box” ordinance will remain in place after an Iowa Supreme Court decision. The court affirmed the ordinance’s regulation that businesses with more than 15 employees cannot ask about job applicants’ criminal histories until they extend a conditional job offer. The court nullified the section of the ordinance that prohibits […]

Experts: Fixing Iowa waterways will take legislation, legal action and $5B

BY: - June 18, 2021

Fixing Iowa’s significant water-quality problems will take a brew of legal action and legislation and $5 billion, two experts told Iowa PBS Friday. Des Moines Water Works CEO Ted Corrigan and Iowa Flood Center co-founder Larry Weber said on “Iowa Press” that Friday’s decision by the Iowa Supreme Court to dismiss environmental groups’ lawsuit seeking […]

Iowa Supreme Court: Police can’t search trash without warrants

BY: - June 18, 2021

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected and updated. The previous version incorrectly characterized the court’s ruling. The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said police can’t search a suspect’s trash without a warrant. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled a police search of garbage left outside of homes for collection is an “unreasonable and […]

Supreme Court dismisses case demanding state do more to protect Raccoon River

BY: - June 18, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a lawsuit by environmental groups contending the state doesn’t properly protect the Raccoon River, a major drinking water source and recreational river. The seven justices, with three dissents, ruled that Food & Water Action and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement didn’t have standing to file the lawsuit and […]

Iowa lawyer who admitted stealing money from his employer and clients loses his license

BY: - June 3, 2021

An eastern Iowa lawyer who two years ago admitted embezzling money from his employer, and who now admits improperly taking money from his clients, has had his Iowa law license revoked by the state’s Supreme Court. According to the Iowa Attorney Disciplinary Board, attorney Curtis W. Den Beste, formerly of Cedar Rapids, took money from […]

‘Bullying’ Iowa lawyer who ‘completely botched’ a case faces license suspension

BY: - May 31, 2021

An Iowa attorney with a history of neglecting clients’ cases is facing a one-year suspension of his law license, in part for alleged “bullying and outrageous” behavior directed toward former clients. In deciding to recommend a one-year license suspension for attorney Scott D. Fisher of Waukee, the Grievance Commission of the Supreme Court of Iowa […]

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 […]

Iowa Supreme Court sides with Davenport church in defamation case

BY: - May 24, 2021

In weighing a defamation case against an Iowa church, the state’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision limiting court involvement in religious matters. The case was initiated in 2017 by Ryan Koster, a former member of Harvest Bible Chapel, a nondenominational Christian church in Davenport. In 2005, Koster began attending the church, where he later met […]