Can governors block the entry of Syrian refugees?

November 18, 2015 0 Comments

Following the attacks in Paris, over two dozen governors — including Gov. Branstad — have raised objections to the resettlement of Syrian refugees in their states. Do these governors and the individual states have the right to deny entry to Syrian refugees? Who makes the final decision on issues of refugee resettlement? Watch my latest […]

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Forget the socks and video games, is Santa bringing a drone this year?

November 2, 2015 0 Comments

The FAA is estimating that tens of thousands of Americans may receive drones for Christmas. They are being sold everywhere – including at Target and Sam’s Club. As drone sales surge, federal regulators have now announced that they are working on a registration system which would require drone owners to register this type of aircraft. […]

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A Shot of Information on Iowa’s Public Intoxication Law

October 20, 2015 0 Comments

Iowa’s public intoxication law has received increased attention following a ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court this summer.  The ruling found that individuals cannot be convicted of public intoxication if they are drunk on the front porch of their single family home. Laws prohibiting being intoxicated in a public place serve two general purposes: (1) to prevent […]

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The New U.S. Supreme Court Term

October 6, 2015 0 Comments

Yesterday was the first Monday of October so that means a new term of the United States Supreme Court has officially begun.  According to a new Gallup Poll  50% of Americans disapprove of how the U.S. Supreme Court is doing its job. This is a new high and court watchers wonder if disapproval will go even […]

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Personal Foul: When Does Poor Sportsmanship Cross the Line to Criminal Behavior?

September 14, 2015 0 Comments

Earlier this month, people were shocked to witness an assault by two high school players on a referee at a Texas high school football game. Unfortunately, this is not unheard of. For example, in 2014 a Michigan man was arrested for hitting a soccer referee during a match and the referee later died of his […]

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Can Minors Plead Guilty to Traffic Tickets Without Their Parents’ Permission?

September 8, 2015 0 Comments

A father recently raised a concern that his 17 year-old son received a traffic ticket and didn’t tell him or his mother. The parents learned of it when they received the notice of conviction from the Clerk of Court. The father was upset and questioned how the Court could accept a guilty plea from a […]

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Ashley Madison sheds light on the “Dark Web”: Is it a safe place to visit?

August 31, 2015 0 Comments

Just weeks ago, many people had never heard of the Ashley Madison website or the “Dark Web.” Now, people all over the world are trying to find out if their neighbors or spouses had accounts with the company that proclaims “Life is short. Have an affair.” The criminals who hacked the website released the information on […]

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Who’s sleeping in your bed? Hopefully not bed bugs.

August 21, 2015 0 Comments

No one wants to think about bed bugs. They are nasty, biting creepy-crawlies. They are also very widespread. Bed bugs can be found in all 50 states and have re-emerged as a public health issue. If you or a loved one got bed bugs from a hotel, would you know what to do? Could you […]

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A Body of Law: How Young Is Too Young for Tattoos and Piercings

August 14, 2015 0 Comments

As tattoos and body piercings have grown more and more common, states have struggled to craft laws that protect the safety of their citizens while also allowing freedom of expression. The laws vary from state to state. Do you know how old someone has to be to get a tattoo in Iowa? How about to get […]

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You’ve Been Warned: Information About Traffic Ticket Warnings

August 5, 2015 0 Comments

Many people are familiar with that feeling of relief when they realize that a law enforcement officer has decided to issue them a warning instead of an actual citation. Make no mistake, a driver should be thankful to receive a written warning but do you know what happens after the warning is issued? Does it impact […]

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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.