Solicitor General Verrilli to Speak at Iowa Law School Graduation

by Ryan Koopmans | May 4, 2012

By Ryan Koopmans

Solicitor General Donald Verrilli Jr. will give the commencement address at the University of Iowa College of Law on Friday, May 11.

The college students on the east side of the river may not know Verrilli by name, but they likely know of his work: He’s “the lawyer who killed Grokster.” For those too young (or too old) to remember, Grokster was a peer-to-peer file sharing network program similar to Napster.  (And if you don’t know Napster, I can’t help you.)



Iowa Constitution mandates face-to-face confrontation by witness, Iowa Supreme Court rules

A defendant’s right under the Iowa Constitution to confront witnesses at trial is not satisfied by one-way video testimony where the witness testifying on camera is not able to see the defendant, the Iowa Supreme Court held in a 4-3 ruling handed down June 28. In reaching that conclusion, the Court declined to follow a U.S. Supreme Court precedent and overruled one of its own prior rulings.

April 2024 Opinion Roundup

The Iowa Supreme Court entered opinions in nine cases during April 2024.  Opinions from April not covered elsewhere on the blog are summarized below.



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