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185 ABA Journal Iowa articles.

$3.25M award for alleged bungled adoption is overturned; lawyer isn’t liable for emotional distress

An Iowa lawyer isn’t liable for emotional distress damages for a failed adoption that left a baby in the temporary care of a birth father who was later charged with the child’s murder, the state supreme court has ruled.

ABE grant helps Iowa open legal clinics in VA medical centers

Number of prisoners hits 9-year low, but some states are resisting the trend

The number of people in U.S. prisons fell to a nine-year low of just under 1.5 million last year, a 1.3 percent decrease, according to a report released recently by the nonprofit Vera Institute of Justice.

Special veterans courts see little money, little demand

Eric Gonzalez says he doesn’t remember getting pulled over, nor does he remember evading his arrest in Fullerton, California. The only thing he knows is that he woke up very hungover and faced up to nine years in prison for assaulting a police officer, along with five other charges.

Former prosecutor who stole colleague’s underpants gets indefinite suspension

A former Iowa prosecutor who pleaded guilty to the theft of a colleague’s underpants has had his law license suspended.

The Iowa Supreme Court suspended Benjamin Stansberry indefinitely last…

Iowa fetal heartbeat law struck down; other states mull similar bills and look to Supreme Court

A state court judge has overturned an Iowa law that bans most abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Judge Michael Huppert of Polk County, Iowa, ruled Tuesday that…

Iowa’s ‘ag-gag’ law violates First Amendment, federal judge rules

A federal judge on Wednesday struck down an Iowa law that makes it a crime to obtain access to an agricultural production facility under false pretenses.

U.S. District Judge James…

Charges tossed for accused child sex abuser after prosecutor’s public intoxication arrest at courthouse

An Iowa man accused of sexually assaulting a minor has won dismissal of the charges after the prosecutor was arrested at the courthouse for public intoxication on the day he…

Lawyer calls client an ‘idiot and a terrible criminal’ on Facebook

An Iowa lawyer decided to remove a Facebook post calling a client an “idiot and a terrible criminal” after receiving an inquiry from the Associated Press.

Lawyer Chad Frese of…

Couple’s divorce terms are vacated because of judge’s ghostwritten opinion

A district judge in Iowa has vacated a couple’s divorce decree because it was ghostwritten by a lawyer without the knowledge of opposing counsel.

District Judge Jeffrey Neary said Thursday…

Iowa Supreme Court says alleged sex harassment by former county attorney didn’t merit ouster

An elected prosecutor in southeast Iowa says he will be back on the job after the state’s Supreme Court ruled 4-3 that…

Retired judge wrongly used ghostwritten rulings without notifying opposing parties, report says

A retired judge in Iowa failed to notify opposing parties in at least 13 cases that he was using proposed rulings written by lawyers, according to a review of his decisions released Friday.

Dangerous animal ban is vague as applied to Pinky the dog, Iowa appeals court says

The Iowa Court of Appeals has granted a reprieve to Pinky the dog in a 3-2 decision finding Des Moines’ dangerous animal ordinance was unconstitutionally vague as applied to the…

Trump nominates 9 to federal court vacancies

Updated: Nine more nominees for federal judgeships were announced Tuesday by the White House.

The newest wave of nominees are:

• Mark Bennett, former attorney general of Hawaii, to…

DOJ sends a hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecution in murder of gender-fluid student

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is sending a hate-crimes lawyer to Iowa to help local prosecutors in their case against a man accused of murdering a high-school student.

The Justice Department…

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