Iowa Supreme Court to hear arguments in 12 cases Sept.14 and 15

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments in 12 cases Sept. 14 and 15. Five other appeals will be submitted to the Court without oral argument. Go to On Brief’s Cases in the Pipeline page to read the briefs filed with the court in these cases.   State v. Hess Scheduled for oral argument Sept. […]

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Iowa Supreme Court upholds first-degree murder conviction after fourth trial

Stanley Liggins was convicted of first-degree murder from events which occurred in 1990. Liggins was charged with the murder of a nine-year-old child. Liggins’s initial conviction was overturned on appeal in 1994 due to the admission of irrelevant, prejudicial evidence at trial. Liggins was again convicted of first-degree murder, and his conviction was upheld on […]

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Divided Iowa Supreme Court strikes down precedent on animal confinements

The Iowa Supreme Court in a 4-3 ruling handed down June 30 overturned a 2004 decision that created a path for challenging Iowa’s law protecting animal confinement operators from nuisance suits as a violation of the inalienable rights clause of the Iowa Constitution. In that 2004 ruling, Gacke v. Pork Xtra, the Court held that […]

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