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Morning Docket: 04.23.19

* Government wants jurors told that prosecution entirely over the NCAA's rules and overarching structure isn't about the NCAA. [Law360] * Don McGahn joins the ranks of "people getting subpoeaned. [Washington Post] * Speaking of McGahn, he reportedly told people that as White House Counsel he represented "pictures on the wall" and not Trump. What's impressive about this story is this means Trump hasn't replaced the entire White House art collections with Jon McNaughton. [National Law Journal] ...
Tags: Crime, Law, Washington Post, White House, Nbc News, Sports, Iowa, Courts, Ncaa, Donald Trump, Kraft, Biglaw, Courthouse News Service, Trump, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wilmer

The Severed Thread

Post-suspension crimes have led to the license revocation of an attorney by the Iowa Supreme Court Anthony R. Johnson is an Iowa lawyer in Ankeny. He was employed as an accountant for Saxton Motors, LC. In August 2016, Johnson entered... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Johnson, Iowa Supreme Court, Ankeny, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Anthony R Johnson, Saxton Motors

Inspiring zero-energy church in Iowa embraces nature in more ways than one

An inspiring new church in Coralville, Iowa is lifting spirits and bringing people closer to nature — while generating all the energy it needs on site. Iowa City-based firm Neumann Monson Architects designed the church for the Unitarian Universalist Society; the solar-powered building embodies the Society’s core principles with its organic architecture emphasizing sustainability, accessibility and flexibility. The energy-efficient building is currently on track to achieve Zero Energy Building (...
Tags: Design, Society, Canada, Iowa, Ontario, Iowa City, CORALVILLE Iowa, Unitarian Universalist Society, Neumann Monson Architects, International Living Future Institute ILFI Located, Neumann Monson Architects Photography, Integrated Studio

WIRTW #547 (the “new music Friday” edition)

Jenny Lewis just released the first great album of 2019.   On The Line has witty and funny, yet touching and sad, lyrics, and beautiful melodies that will stick in your head. It's an album that commands your attention. I'll be shocked if it's not at the top of the "Best Of" lists at year's end. You should listen, now and often. Here's what I read this week: Discrimination How does one of your employees actually prove discrimination in court? — via Eric Meyer's The Employer Handbook Blog   Avoi...
Tags: Google, Microsoft, Law, Iowa, Cleveland, Doj, Jenny Lewis, Nlrb, Joe, McDonald, Jonathan, EEO, Eric Meyer, Jeff Nowak, OSHA, Dan Schwartz

Room Rental

My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Iowa I rent a room in a home with a 12 month lease. I am 6 months into my rental agreement. I have never been late nor disruptive. About 2 months ago, the homeowner began throwing all night parties that are very loud and run all night. She has moved additional people into the home and turned the basement into makeshift bedrooms for her friends. One of her friends is awful and disrespectful and downright rude. I have mentioned to the h...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Landlord-Tenant Law

Simplify Wikipedia Jibberish

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Iowa How many jurors must find for conviction for a criminal trial case? Wikipedia uses jargon, mumbo jumbo and doesn't seem to have an answer. A simple, statutory number requirement is greatly appreciated.
Tags: Law, Wikipedia, Iowa, Criminal Procedure

"Iowa 2020: Biden and Sanders neck and neck in Democratic Field, Mayor Pete jumps to double digits."

It's Emerson’s second poll of the Iowa caucus.... former Vice President Joe Biden narrowly leads the Democratic field with 25%, followed by Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders at 24%. Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana has surged to 11%. Senator Kamala Harris of California follows with 10% - the only other candidate to clear double digits in Iowa....Buttigieg was at 0% in the previous Emerson poll, in January.Sanders maintains a lead among 18-29 year olds with 44%, followed by Buttigieg with...
Tags: Law, California, Pete Seeger, Joe Biden, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Iowa, Biden, Names, Vermont, Delaware, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Sanders, Pete Townshend

Kirsten Gillibrand is working very hard on her arms and to show you she has a sense of humor.

Good to be back in Iowa. Do you like my new workout shirt?— Kirsten Gillibrand (@SenGillibrand) March 20, 2019 Here's the background story on that "ranch" thing, in case you've forgotten. It was embarrassing but not as embarrassing as that comb-as-fork story was for Amy Klobuchar. Strangely, both embarrassments were salad-related. Is that absurdly sexist? [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Amy Klobuchar, Viral Video, Kirsten Gillibrand, Ann Althouse, Kirsten E. Gillibrand

Custody and Visitation Issues: Open Cina Case and Active Bench Warrant

My question involves a child custody case from the State of: Iowa.. My husband and I got custody of his youngest child her and half sister due to the mother getting into a car accident high on drugs(meth and weed). Neither are her first and she's had multiple times with founded case for neglect for improper supervision.. But now there's an open CINA case and for this one she got OWI (no license to start with) and Child endangerment. We currently have custody and are going back to court later th...
Tags: Law, Dhs, Child Custody, Iowa, Support And Visitation, Cina

WIRTW #542 (the “Scared. Ashamed. Crippled.” edition)

A few days ago, Mark Goldstein, an attorney at Reed Smith, tweeted me (and others) this:   If you read on thing this week, read Mark's article, 'Scared. Ashamed. Crippled.': How One Lawyer Overcame Living With Depression in Big Law. We are in the middle of a mental health crisis in America. The more we talk openly about it, the more it becomes de-stigmatized, and the more comfortable those suffering will be to come forward and seek the help they need. It took a lot of courage for Mark...
Tags: Law, America, Iowa, Reed Smith, Omega, Mark, Robin Shea, EEOC, Eric Meyer, Donna Ballman, Ragan, OSHA, Dan Schwartz, SHRM, Mark Goldstein, Jon Hyman

Business Ownership: Using By-Laws to Claim Ownership of Non-Profit Corporation Assets

My question involves business law in the state of: Iowa Can a defendant claim ownership of corporate assets of an Iowa nonprofit corporation that was organized (As stated in the Iowa Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation) under the Iowa Nonprofit Corporation Act, Chapter 504A of the Code of Iowa (1999) and within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code of 1986 by making the claim within the revised by-laws at a later date? The claim in the by-laws is stating that should the corporatio...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Irs, Business Law, Claim Ownership of Non Profit Corporation Assets, Iowa Nonprofit Articles of Incorporation, Iowa Nonprofit Corporation

Morning Docket: 02.13.19

* Former Attorney General Eric Holder headed to Iowa earlier this week, but claims that he's still deciding whether or not he's going to throw his hat into the already crowded ring for the 2020 Democractic presidential nomination. [ ] * Michael Cohen was supposed to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday, but his testimony was postponed for the third time this month, this time "due to post surgery medical needs." What's he getting done before jail? [CNN] * In the “mommy trac...
Tags: Politics, Law, Eric Holder, Mental Health, Iowa, Deaths, Women's Issues, Senate Intelligence Committee, Biglaw, Reed Smith, ABA Journal, Health & Wellness, Election 2020, Michael Cohen, Morrison & Foerster, Senate Intelligence

Another review of the bad mess surrounding the "good time" fix in the FIRST STEP Act

I have done a few prior FIRST STEP Act implementation posts here and here focused on the problems with immediate application of its "good time" fix.  This recent Mother Jones article, fully headlined "Trump’s One Real Bipartisan Win Is Already Turning Into a Mess: Confusion and division over a provision in the First Step Act has left thousands of well-behaved inmates in limbo," effectively explains the issue and reports on the latest state of affairs. Here are excerpts:   The law stipulates tha...
Tags: Law, Senate, White House, US, Chicago, Iowa, Capitol Hill, Doj, Hakeem Jeffries, Justice Department, Trump, HARRIS, Coleman, Mother Jones, Grassley, Duluth Minnesota


My question involves a marriage in the state of Iowa. My divorce decree was issued June 2012. Though my ex-husband was awarded the property I was never requested to sign a quit claim deed. The house burned this past fall and and the property is not worth a whole lot. I have continued to be listed on the title to the property. The ex-husband is trying to sell the property and his real estate agent wants me to sign a quit claim. Do I have to do this 6 1/2 years after the divorce? He collect...
Tags: Law, Divorce, Iowa, Annulment and Separation

Morning Docket: 02.01.19

* King & Spalding expended a lot of effort to make the Super Bowl the most soulless corporate event of the year. [Daily Report Online] * "Iowa prison porn" is a three-word phrase I never thought I'd have to string together. [Courthouse News Service] * Trump lays out more appellate nominees with paper trails full of racist stuff about voting rights, so 2019's off to a rousing start. [National Law Journal] * Bar Association to seriously study litigation funding. [Law360] * Defense Distributed ...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Donald Trump, Courthouse News Service, Trump, Spalding, National Law Journal, Morning Docket, Judicial Nominations, King & Spalding, Defense Distributed, Litigation Funding, Ars Technica -RSB- El Chapo

New PatentlyO Law Journal article: Colleen Chien, Deferring Patentable Subject Matter

This past fall at the Administering Patent Law symposium at Iowa Law, Professor Colleen Chien presented an argument in favor of more intentional experimentation by administrative  agencies such, as the USPTO to test policy concepts and proposed several possibilities.  Below, Professor Chien describes one such project, based on the Merges/Crouch proposal for deferring patentable subject matter analyses in prosecution.  Read the accompanying PatentlyO Law Journal article here: Colleen V. Chien, P...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Iowa, Uspto, Dc, Department Of Homeland Security, Patent, Alice, Federal Trade Commission, Donald, Chien, PAUL, Mayo, Duffy

New and Not-to-Miss Attractions at the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show

New and Not-to-Miss Attractions at the 2019 Great American Outdoor Show HARRISBURG, Pa. -( With nine amazing days packed full of everything firearms, hunting, archery, fishing and outdoors-related at the world's largest consumer outdoor show, we don't want anyone to feel like a deer in the headlights when planning their visit. So we've gathered together the highlights! Don't miss your favorite celebrities, activities, events, seminars, and more at the 2019 Great American Outdoor...
Tags: Google, Outdoors, Facebook, Guns, Montana, America, Pennsylvania, Iowa, Hunting, Eddie, Grant, Nra, Polaris, Phil Robertson, Henry, Don

Underwear Thief Gets At Least A Year Suspension

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended a former prosecutor who engaged in criminal conduct by stealing a colleague's undergarments. The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board (the Board) brought a complaint against an attorney, alleging numerous violations of the Iowa... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Iowa Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Can’t Afford To Vote: Lack Of Funds Can Keep Felons From Getting Voting Rights Back

As states across the country move to restore voting rights to former felons, a spirited debate is underway over which, if any, of the various costs imposed during conviction should be factored into the restoration of basic civil rights. In Florida, lawmakers and county clerks are wrangling over whether a voter-approved constitutional amendment means that voting rights are contingent on meeting every last financial obligation, ranging from restitution to victims, fines and penalties, administr...
Tags: Florida, News, Law, Gop, Aclu, Iowa, Miami, Npr, District Of Columbia, Jim Crow, Ucla, Thomas, Allegra Kirkland, Porter, Des Moines, Wolfe

Will the FIRST STEP Act's crack retroactivity provisions result in many reduced sentences beyond those serving mandatory-minimum terms?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by a notable "Order Reducing Sentence" entered earlier this week in US v. Tucker, No. 3:00-cr-00246-2 (S.D. Iowa, Jan. 23, 2019) (available for download below). A little background is need to explain the question and what seems especially notable about this Tucker order. As many readers know, Section 404 of the enacted version of the FIRST STEP Act retroactively applies the Fair Sentencing Act of 2010. I have assumed this section entailed only t...
Tags: Law, US, Iowa, Pratt, Tucker, Robert Pratt, Douglas A Berman, US Sentencing Commission, Logan Tucker

Morning Docket: 01.24.19

* With Ben Brafman off the case, Harvey Weinstein is going with the Casey Anthony/Aaron Hernandez/Kobe Bryant defense team. For a New York courtroom. [New York Law Journal] * And some of these new Weinstein lawyers previously represented Rose McGowan on an unrelated matter. She is... less than pleased with this development. [Yahoo] * Reed Smith facing $500 million malpractice claim from Zombie Bear Sterns. [American Lawyer] * Deutsche Bank neck deep in global money-laundering inquiry. At leas...
Tags: New York, Law, Iowa, Harvey Weinstein, Abortion, Deutsche Bank, Law Schools, Reed Smith, Legal Ethics, Forbes, Weinstein, American Lawyer, Rose McGowan, Ben Brafman, New York Law Journal, Morning Docket

"[Kamala] Harris chose to enter the race on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, an overt nod to the historic nature of her candidacy..."

"... and her timing was also meant to evoke Shirley Chisholm, the New York congresswoman who became the first woman to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination for president 47 years ago this week. In addition, Ms. Harris will hold her first campaign event on Friday in South Carolina, where black voters are the dominant force in the Democratic primary, rather than start off by visiting Iowa and New Hampshire, the two predominantly white states that hold their nomination contests first. She will ho...
Tags: New York, Law, Advertising, New Hampshire, Iowa, Mlk, Oakland, Martin Luther King Jr, South Carolina, Kamala Harris, Baby Boomer, Democratic Party, HARRIS, Oakland Calif, Ann Althouse, Shirley Chisholm

Arrest Rights of Convicts

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Iowa What do police need to abduct a convicted felon? On TV crime shows, it looks like all that is needed is to locate such a person anywhere outside a licensed private address and simply tell them they are being detained until police decide otherwise. Bystanders will be indifferent if the cop says something about previous convictions. Am I missing something? If you would rather direct me to a FAQ for this likely common concern, please do!
Tags: Law, Iowa, Criminal Procedure

"House Republican leaders removed Representative Steve King of Iowa from the Judiciary and Agriculture Committees on Monday night as party officials scrambled to appear tough on racism and..."

"... contain damage from comments Mr. King made to The New York Times questioning why white supremacy is considered offensive. The punishment came on a day when Mr. King was denounced by an array of Republican leaders, though not President Trump. The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, suggested Mr. King find 'another line of work' and Senator Mitt Romney said he should quit. And the House Republicans, in an attempt to be proactive, stripped him of the committee seats in the face of multipl...
Tags: Law, Senate, House, New York Times, Iowa, The Times, Mitt Romney, Mitch McConnell, Lincoln, King, Trump, Racists, Kevin McCarthy, Steve King, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics

Business Disputes: Sheriff Avoids a Landlord Residence Call in Favor of Breaking in to Next-Door Tenant

My question involves business law in the state of: Iowa I have first-hand experience with a criminal assault on a renter of a private residence where the outcome is nonsense and threatening to me, since I am interested in owning or renting a private residence myself. This probably relates to any rental living accommodation. Under what circumstances can the unilateral word of a private homeowner be used by police/Sheriff to break in to a back door of the residence (including banging on window...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Business Law

Morning Docket: 01.11.19

* Divorce lawyer lays out how this Jeff Bezos divorce will go down. [VICE] * Michael Cohen is going to testify to Congress, so that's a new circus to look forward to. [CNBC] * Florida's newly passed law allowing felons to vote after they've served their sentence may have an exploitable flaw. A former Florida Supreme Court justice notes that the law requires the potential voter to satisfy their complete sentence, which might include fines or restitution payments that no one ever expects the con...
Tags: Florida, Crime, Law, Congress, Divorce, Iowa, Rape, Ronaldo, Cristiano Ronaldo, Fox News, Npr, Jeff Bezos, First Amendment, Cnbc, Voting Rights, Reuters

WaPo's embarrassing indulgence in hyperbole describing the attendance at Democratic candidates rallies.

For years we've seen gigantic crowds at Trump rallies downplayed in the mainstream press, and that's the baseline against which I judge "Iowa Democrats fill events to the rafters with 13 months left before the 2020 caucuses."Even before reading the article, I'm thinking: 1. So everybody got into the room (no overflow room, no people left outside in the parking lot), 2. What size was the room (unless it was a big arena, what's the big deal about filling a room)? 3. Filling "to the rafters" is a m...
Tags: Law, Journalism, Iowa, Trump, Boone County, Sen Bernie Sanders, Des Moines, Iowa City, WaPo, Leonard, Cory Booker, Council Bluffs, Ankeny, Hyperbole, Ann Althouse, 2020 Elections

Is It Legal for State to Destroy Repeated 911 Calls in a He-Said-She-Said

My question involves police conduct in the State of: Iowa I tried to restate a problem to another board after an expression of incompetence, and that was deleted. So I will try to further boil it down here. Does relevant evidence include prior 911 calls by a complainer stating that a lawful resident has no right to be in the same neighborhood and must be arrested at his nearby residence for appearing threatening? This complainer made these unilateral claims for years and sheriff once came t...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Police Investigations

Arrest Procedure: Sheriff Avoids a Landlord Residence Call in Favor of Breaking in to Next-Door Tenant

My question involves criminal law for the state of: Iowa. Is it abusive of the law for a Sheriff to agree with the landlord (co-resident in multi-unit compound) of a private residence to never return to a tenants residence, for trespass claims against a tenant (by a homeowner at the end of that public road, who conceals his property from the public instead of marking or protecting it), or any other motive, and then go ahead and saunter past lawfully parked tenant vehicles up the landlord-owned ...
Tags: Law, Iowa, Criminal Procedure

The NYT looks for the Democratic Party candidate who "matches the moment," tells us what this "moment" is, and nudges the non-moment-matching would-bes to stay out of the way.

"It is hard to recall a recent presidential primary where, at the outset of the race, there was this much genuine mystery — not only about who would eventually emerge as the nominee, but who planned to run at all," write Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in "2020 Democratic Presidential Candidates Are Lining Up. Who Matches the Moment?" (NYT):Ms. Warren’s announcement Monday was expected. And it will not be a surprise when Senators Cory Booker of New Jersey and Kamala Harris of California ente...
Tags: Texas, Law, Obama, California, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Hillary Clinton, House, Iowa, New Jersey, Warren, Biden, Kirsten Gillibrand, Vermont, Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders

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