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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Sledding: Childhood fun or childhood danger?

January 6, 2015 0 Comments

Growing up in northeast Iowa, I went sledding on “Suicide Hill.” As I recall, it was lined with trees and emptied onto a frozen river. My husband used to careen down sledding hills on a cafeteria tray. We were fortunate and didn’t get hurt. However, as more and more people have been injured, liability issues […]

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Iowa Woman Fakes Birth to Collect Child Support

December 28, 2014 0 Comments

This month an Iowa woman pled guilty to mail fraud in federal court and faces up to 20 years in prison. What did she do? She met a man on a dating website in 2007 and later told him that he was the father of her daughter. He wanted a paternity test but she said […]

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Domestic Violence and Pets

December 16, 2014 0 Comments

Last week, an actor who appeared on several popular television shows was arrested for allegedly killing his former girlfriend’s pet rabbit. He is accused of skinning, cooking, and eating the rabbit and also sending her photographs of what he was doing. He says it was a hoax — that he set the rabbit free but purchased […]

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U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments on Facebook death threats

December 1, 2014 0 Comments

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Anthony Elonis, a Pennsylvania man who was convicted of making threats on Facebook against his estranged wife and law enforcement officials.  He was sentenced to 4 years in prison and appealed. Elonis said that he was just venting when he posted rap lyrics and that […]

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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.