Landmark ruling on gay marriage

Today the United States Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples have a constitutional right to marry. This nullifies the bans in the individual states which denied this right. For days, weeks, months and even years to come, commentators, politicians, and activists will be debating and discussing the ruling. Before you join in the commentary, please […]

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The Five Simple Steps to Get Married in Iowa

Did you know that June is still the most popular month for weddings? This is according to the most recent results from a survey conducted by The Knot, a popular online wedding resource. As a judicial magistrate for the state of Iowa, I have the honor of officiating at wedding ceremonies and, over the years, […]

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Are Iowa’s flag burning laws enforceable?

Did you know that Iowa has two laws on the books that forbid the desecration of the United States flag?  Iowa Code Section 718A forbids mutilating or trampling on the flag and Iowa Code Section 723.4 makes it a crime to use the flag to incite someone to commit an assault or a trespass. But are […]

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Is there a better way to get a divorce?

It seems that everyone has a friend, relative or co-worker who has been through a horrible divorce. Not only can it be devastating financially, it can be devastating emotionally — for both the couple and their children. It also seems that everyone has a friend, relative or co-worker who has been through an “amicable” divorce. […]

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Iowa Supreme Court in Decorah tonight

The Iowa Supreme Court hears oral arguments tonight in Decorah. There are two very interesting cases being argued before the Court. One involves whether a defendant can be convicted of public intoxication if she is standing on her own front porch. The other involves a defendant requesting his conviction be overturned alleging the inappropriate use of […]

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Traffic camera debate speeds ahead despite court ruling

March 22, 2015 0 Comments

It appears that those opposed to automated traffic cameras in Iowa will continue to debate both their legality and effectiveness.  Despite a recent Iowa Supreme Court decision that found cities are not violating the Iowa Constitution by the use of automated traffic cameras, two people filed a lawsuit this week against the city of Des […]

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Do you know the alcohol content of the beer you’re drinking?

The craft beer industry is growing. It is estimated that there are now more breweries in the U.S. than at any time since the 1870’s. Iowa has over 50 established breweries with more set to open. Even though the industry is great for consumers who want to sample new beers and great for the Iowa […]

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Watch livestream of oral arguments in Iowa Juvenile Home case on February 24

February 23, 2015 0 Comments

The lawsuit involving the closing of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo will come before the Iowa Supreme Court for oral argument on Tuesday, February 24, at 7 pm. As you may recall, Governor Branstad ordered the facility closed but in February of 2014 a Polk County judge issued a preliminary injunction to keep the […]

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Marijuana and Iowa’s “Per Se” OWI law

February 6, 2015 0 Comments

Many people may be surprised to learn that Iowa is one of twelve states that allow drivers to be convicted of operating while intoxicated if they have any detectable amount of an illegal drug in their system.  Even if the drivers last used the drugs days or weeks before, they could be in trouble. Because […]

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Should laws be changed to allow 16 year olds to vote?

January 19, 2015 0 Comments

The recent decision of a city in Maryland to lower the voting age to 16 for municipal elections has shed light on a debate that has been brewing for several years. Should laws be changed to allow 16 year olds to vote? When the U.S. Constitution was ratified in 1789, voting was reserved for white, […]

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The views expressed on this blog are the opinions of Karen Thalacker, not of KWWL nor its parent company, Quincy. This blog is not intended to be used as legal advice.