Iowa

178 ABA Journal Iowa articles.

Chief judge wants more security at courthouse where shooting occurred during government meeting

More than a year after an armed man fired a shot during a meeting at an Iowa courthouse and then killed himself during an ensuing struggle, the Jackson County courthouse…

Ex-client wins nearly $500K in malpractice and domestic assault suit against lawyer

A former client won a jury award of nearly $500,000 on Wednesday in a malpractice and domestic assault lawsuit against the Iowa lawyer who represented her in a divorce case.

Baked cookies and no-sidebars rule are part of federal judge’s jury-centric approach to trials

U.S. District Judge Mark Bennett of Sioux City, Iowa, says he’s taking a WWJW approach to jury trials, defining the acronym to mean “What Would Jurors Want?”

Bennett says he…

Training-video sanction for deposition interruptions by Jones Day partner is tossed on appeal

A Jones Day partner won’t have to make a training video explaining the impropriety of excessive deposition interruptions as a result of a ruling by a federal appeals court.

The…

Judge delays civil trial because of lawyer’s Facebook post

An Iowa judge has delayed a civil trial because of a Facebook post by a high-profile trial lawyer.

In a ruling last week, the Polk County judge delayed the trial…

Immigrant who won NY court OK to practice faces political-protest probation roadblock

A Mexican immigrant illegally brought to this country as a young child won a landmark ruling last month from a New York appeals court.

It said Cesar Vargas, now a…

Jurors reject law prof’s claim of anti-conservative bias in hiring

A federal jury in Iowa has rejected a conservative law professor’s claim that the University of Iowa law school rejected her for a promotion because of her political views and…

Judge dismisses entire 112-member jury pool over lack of racial diversity

An Iowa judge on Tuesday called a halt to a black man’s murder trial and dismissed the entire jury pool of over 100 people because it didn’t have racial diversity.

Touch screen rules on Miss Kitty slot machine voided jackpot mistake, state supreme court says

In 87-year-old Illinois grandmother was entitled only to $1.85 in a penny slots win, even though her Miss Kitty slot machine announced a bonus of nearly $41.8 million, according to…

On-the-lam ex-attorney wanted in client ‘charity’ and tax-fraud case is captured

After five years on the lam, a former Iowa lawyer wanted in a federal fraud case has been captured in Colorado.

Dennis Bjorklund, 50, was federally indicted in Iowa in…

Ex-lawmaker charged with felony sex abuse is acquitted by jury

A former state lawmaker being criminally tried in an unusual sexual-abuse case, based on his late wife’s dementia, was acquitted Wednesday by an Iowa jury.

Henry Rayhons was charged in…

Courthouse workers build nesting box on 5th-floor ledge after peregrine falcon eggs fall off edge

Add another pair of peregrine falcons to the courthouse nesting trend.

A couple of the rare birds recently set up a new home on a fifth-floor ledge outside the Dubuque…

Egg executives get jail sentences, fines for salmonella outbreak

A former owner of an egg company and his son were sentenced to three months in jail on Monday after pleading guilty in connection with a salmonella outbreak.

Austin “Jack”…

Meet Paul Deck, the oldest practicing lawyer in Nebraska and Iowa

Paul Deck turned 100 on Sunday, making him the oldest practicing lawyer in Nebraska and Iowa.

Deck still works at his Sioux City law practice, handling mostly divorce and custody…

Receiver appointed for law firm $10M in debt; loans taken out by partner before suicide contested

Rejecting a law firm’s argument that having a third party deal with its $10 million in debt would be “overkill,” an Iowa judge has appointed a receiver to oversee the…

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