Iowa

156 ABA Journal articles on Iowa.

Trump nominates 9 to federal court vacancies

Updated: Nine more nominees for federal judgeships were announced Tuesday by the White House.

The newest wave of nominees are:

• Mark Bennett, former attorney general of Hawaii, to…

DOJ sends a hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecution in murder of gender-fluid student

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help local prosecutors in their case against a man accused of murdering a high-school student.

The Justice Department…

A Jury Rules Against the KKK
When three Mississippi civil rights workers were shot dead, local law enforcement declined to pursue the case. Then the FBI moved in.
Sexually assaulted woman files civil rights action against city of Houston over rape kit backlog

Houston officials have known about a rape kit testing backlog for years but did not address the problem, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed this week.

Current and…

Judge denies mistrial after juror faints during autopsy testimony

An Iowa murder trial over the slaying last year of a homeless man who was choked to death in a church parking lot was interrupted Thursday morning when a juror…

Iowa Supreme Court rules life without parole is an unconstitutional sentence for juveniles

Sentencing a juvenile to life in prison without parole violates the Iowa Constitution, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday.

The court said such sentences amount to cruel and unusual punishment,…

Former lottery security chief and his brother, an ex-judge, charged with rigging payouts

A computer whiz installed software on random number-generating equipment while working as security director of the Iowa-based Multi-State Lottery Association that enabled him to rig games and direct a number…

Suit claims rigged lottery game reduced subsequent winner’s jackpot

An Iowa man has filed a lawsuit claiming that his $6 million lump-sum lottery win in 2011 would have been $10 million larger if the game hadn’t been rigged less…

Officials sue estate of man who shot at assessor, killed himself in courthouse

Officials who helped tackle a man who fired a shot at an Iowa tax assessor and then killed himself at the Jackson County courthouse in 2014 are pursuing individual lawsuits…

Chief judge wants more security at courthouse where shooting occurred during government meeting

More than a year after an armed man fired a shot during a meeting at an Iowa courthouse and then killed himself during an ensuing struggle, the Jackson County courthouse…

Ex-client wins nearly $500K in malpractice and domestic assault suit against lawyer

A former client won a jury award of nearly $500,000 on Wednesday in a malpractice and domestic assault lawsuit against the Iowa lawyer who represented her in a divorce case.

Baked cookies and no-sidebars rule are part of federal judge’s jury-centric approach to trials

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett of Sioux City, Iowa, says he’s taking a WWJW approach to jury trials, defining the acronym to mean “What Would Jurors Want?”

Bennett says he…

Training-video sanction for deposition interruptions by Jones Day partner is tossed on appeal

A Jones Day partner won’t have to make a training video explaining the impropriety of excessive deposition interruptions as a result of a ruling by a federal appeals court.

The…

Judge delays civil trial because of lawyer’s Facebook post

An Iowa judge has delayed a civil trial because of a Facebook post by a high-profile trial lawyer.

In a ruling last week, the Polk County judge delayed the trial…

Immigrant who won NY court OK to practice faces political-protest probation roadblock

A Mexican immigrant illegally brought to this country as a young child won a landmark ruling last month from a New York appeals court.

It said Cesar Vargas, now a…

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