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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Taylor Swift and Spotify are no longer in harmony

November 17, 2014 0 Comments

Taylor Swift is one of the most popular musicians on the planet. Spotify is one of the most popular commercial music streaming services on the planet. Swift was paid tens of thousands of dollars from Spotify — so why did she pull all her songs from the service? For viewers unfamiliar with Spotify, the company is […]

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More states approve legal marijuana on Nov. 4

November 6, 2014 0 Comments

Two states and the District of Columbia voted to legalize marijuana in Tuesday’s election. The ballot measure in Oregon and Alaska is similar to Washington state and Colorado and would allow for retail shops. Oregon’s law goes into affect in July of 2015 and Alaska would follow suit sometime in 2016 after regulations are written. […]

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Brittany Maynard and “Right-to-Die” Laws

October 28, 2014 0 Comments

Brittany Maynard is a terminally ill 29 year old woman who has been in the headlines since announcing that she has chosen to die on November 1, 2014.  Brittany was diagnosed with a brain tumor in January.  She made a video which has been viewed millions of times in which she explained that instead of dying […]

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The Texas Hospital’s Handling of Ebola: Can They Be Held Responsible?

October 16, 2014 0 Comments

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas is under continued scrutiny for their treatment of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. On Sept. 25, Duncan went to the emergency room but was sent home. He returned on Sept. 28, was diagnosed with Ebola and later died. Two nurses who cared for Duncan have now been diagnosed with […]

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A New U.S. Supreme Court Term Has Begun

October 7, 2014 0 Comments

The first Monday of October is always one of the most interesting days of the year for me. Why? Because that’s the day that the U.S. Supreme Court opens its new term. The term started off with some excitement as the justices surprised many court watchers by announcing they were refusing to review gay marriage […]

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ISU Student and International Extradition

October 1, 2014 0 Comments

Last week, the body of ISU student Tong Shao was found in Iowa City. She had been visiting a male friend, Xiangnan Li, who the police now consider to be a person of interest in the case. However, they are unable to question Li because it is believed that he returned to China before Shao’s body was […]

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Is it legal to spank your child?

September 22, 2014 0 Comments

The abuse charges brought against Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings have caused many people to ask questions about the legal limits of physical discipline. Laws regarding the physical discipline of children vary from state to state. In Iowa, spanking — in and of itself — by a parent, guardian, or someone in charge of […]

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Questions and Answers About Domestic Abuse from Iowa Legal Aid

September 12, 2014 0 Comments

The issue of domestic abuse has been front and center this week as our country has discussed the conduct of Baltimore Raven Ray Rice and the NFL’s response. People have so many questions about domestic violence and what resources are available to those affected, I thought it might be helpful to post some information from […]

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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.