Iowa Supreme Court to hear arguments in one appeal April 8

by Rox Laird | April 6, 2021

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear an oral argument Thursday in one case that had originally been scheduled to be argued at the Drake University Law School. The case will be argued in the Supreme Court Courtroom in the Judicial Branch Building, and livestreamed on the Court’s YouTube channel. Go to On Brief’s Cases in the Pipeline page to read briefs filed in this case.

The remaining April arguments are scheduled for April 14 and 15.

Anderson v. State

Scheduled for argument April 8, 9:30 a.m.

Issues: Does the Supreme Court have jurisdiction to hear an appeal filed after a deadline?

John Lewis Arthur Anderson appeals a Polk County District Court’s decision dismissing Anderson’s petition for post-conviction relief following his conviction for first-degree robbery and burglary. Anderson urges the Court to reverse the District Court regarding his claim of actual innocence based on newly discovered evidence. The questions before the Supreme Court are whether Anderson’s appeal of the District Court’s order denying post-conviction relief should be heard at all, since it was filed after the 30-day deadline, and whether the newly discovered evidence should be admitted.


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