Do children need vaccinations before starting school?

August 27, 2014 0 Comments

Many people were surprised to learn recently that thousands of Iowa school children are not vaccinated.  A recent article in the Des Moines Register said that 8,000 Iowa children received an exemption from vaccination requirements during the 2012-2013 school year.  Here is a link to the story from kwwl.com: http://www.kwwl.com/story/26364391/2014/08/25/8000-children-in-iowa-starting-school-without-vaccinations Viewers wondered how this was possible. Under Iowa law, in […]

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Will Iowa get rid of the bar exam?

August 22, 2014 0 Comments

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014, the Iowa Supreme Court will hold a public hearing regarding whether Iowa should adopt a “diploma privilege” that would allow graduates of Iowa’s two law schools to practice law without taking a bar exam. Currently, someone who graduates from law school and wants to practice law in Iowa takes the […]

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Are baby photos at your doctor’s office a thing of the past?

August 14, 2014 0 Comments

When you visit your doctor, do you see a bulletin board filled with baby photos? Whether the babies were delivered by the doctor or cared for by the doctor later, parents have gladly shared their child’s photo with the doctor as a remembrance of the important role the doctor played in their child’s life. That […]

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Free Speech and the Iowa State Fair

August 6, 2014 0 Comments

Yesterday, just in time for the Iowa State Fair, a federal judge in Des Moines ruled that Iowa State troopers did not violate a preacher’s 1st Amendment rights when they refused to allow him to preach near the entrance of the fair. The preacher had argued that he was being discriminated against because of his […]

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Final Iowa Supreme Court Rulings of the Term

July 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Iowa Supreme Court has released its final rulings of the 2013-2014 term. The most talked-about ruling dealt with mandatory minimum sentences for juveniles. As you may recall, in 2012 the United States Supreme Court ruled that mandatory life sentences for juveniles were unconstitutional. In 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court interpreted that ruling and the juveniles […]

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Should mothers be charged for pre-natal drug use?

July 18, 2014 0 Comments

This week a Tennessee woman was the first person charged under a new law in that state that makes it a crime to use drugs while pregnant.  She was arrested after her newborn tested positive for meth.  The mother could face up to one year in jail. Supporters of the law say they are hoping that […]

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Religious Groups Asking for Exemption from Executive Order

July 9, 2014 0 Comments

Last week, in a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby, a family-run corporation, would not be required to provide contraception to its female employees under the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) because of its religious objection.   Critics who disagreed with the ruling (including Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg) said that the ruling will open the […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Decision in Hobby Lobby Case

June 30, 2014 0 Comments

Today, on the last day of the Supreme Court term, the Court issued its highly anticipated decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores.  Hobby Lobby had challenged the provision of the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) which required that the corporations provide contraception coverage to female employees.  It claimed that the requirement violated […]

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Can drivers be liable for stopping to help animals by the roadside?

June 24, 2014 0 Comments

On Friday, a 25 year old Canadian woman was found guilty in the deaths of 2 people who slammed into her car.   The woman had parked her car on a highway to help some ducklings.  The woman claims she was an animal lover and she decided to take the ducks home when she couldn’t see their mother. […]

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HIV Transmission Case Overturned by Iowa Supreme Court

June 17, 2014 0 Comments

On Friday in a 6 to 1 decision, the Iowa Supreme Court overturned the conviction of a Plainfield man.  In 2009 the man pled guilty to criminal transmission of HIV but later asked that the guilty plea be thrown out. In its ruling, the Court found that the evidence did not show that the man […]

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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.