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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Window Tint in Iowa: How Much is Too Much?

Whether it is privacy, relief from the heat, or upholstery protection, there are valid reasons to tint your car windows. But how much is too much? The laws on window tint vary from state to state but in Iowa under Iowa Code Section 321.438(2) a vehicle’s front windshield and front side windows must have at […]

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Did you read the Court’s opinion?

It’s been two weeks since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled by a 5-to-4 vote that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage.  Gay marriage is now legal in all 50 states.  The majority opinion was written by Justice Anthony Kennedy and joined by Justices Sotomayor, Ginsburg, Kagan and Breyer.  The justices’ ruling relied upon the guarantees […]

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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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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.