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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

Troubled Waters

An Iowa attorney recently was reprimanded by the Attorney Disciplinary Board for failing in his duties as local counsel for an Illinois lawyer The Court first notes the clear inference that agreeing to be an Iowa co counsel with Paul... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Court, Iowa, Illinois, PAUL, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Will Congress penalize colleges that increase tuition?

Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa will serve as chairman of the Senate Finance Committee during the upcoming 115th Congress. Senator Grassley’s decision to lead the Finance Committee may have important consequences for the nation’s colleges and universities. Grassley, a Republican, has criticized increased tuition charges in the face of the pronounced, tax-free growth of many college endowments.In light of his prior statements and the current political environment, a Grassley-led Finance Committe...
Tags: Books, Politics, Featured, Taxes, Education, Law, Congress, Senate, Tax, House, Iowa, Treasury, College Tuition, Tuition, Social Sciences, Vanguard

Should Hunter Ed. be Required in Schools?

Some Iowa schools are raising the standard in a quality school education. Will other states follow? Should Hunter Ed. be required in schools?... Read more... The post Should Hunter Ed. be Required in Schools? appeared first on
Tags: Iowa, Hunting, Hunter Education, Bowhunting Blog, Hunter Safety

Cloture vote on FIRST STEP Act gets super-majority support in Senate

As reported in this article from The Hill, the "Senate advanced a White House-backed criminal justice reform bill on Monday, paving the way for senators to try to pass the bill as early as Tuesday." Here is more on the vote and what comes next: Senators voted 82-12 to end debate on the legislation, which merges a House-passed prison reform bill with a handful of changes to sentencing laws. Twelve Republicans voted against advancing the legislation despite President Trump endorsing the measure i...
Tags: Utah, Law, Senate, White House, Cotton, Gop, House, Iowa, Mike Lee, Kennedy, Trump, National Review, Mitch McConnell R Ky, Toomey, Sens Chuck Grassley, Dick Durbin D Ill

I don't think this is good news for Biden.

From "Iowa Poll: Biden, Sanders top early look at possible Democratic hopefuls in 2020 caucuses" (DeMoines Register). The question was: "Do you think the right person to defeat Donald Trump will be more of a political newcomer, as he was, or more of a seasoned political hand?" It's so normal to say a "seasoned hand" would be better and to be wary of a "newcomer," but not even half of the respondents had the obvious reaction to the generic question. And imagine if the question had been written in...
Tags: Law, Senate, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Biden, Donald Trump, BETO, Polls, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke, Biden Sanders

Iowa Supreme Court dodges due process challenges to use of risk-assessment tools at sentencing

A helpful reader made sure I did not miss a trio of rulings handed down late last week by the Iowa Supreme Court which all raised issues concerning the permissibility of courts using risk-assessment tools at sentencing. The rulings came in Iowa v. Gordon, Iowa v. Guise and Iowa v. Buesing, and in each instance the court decided that a constitutional challenges to the use of Iowa Risk Revised risk assessment tool (IRR) at sentencing was not properly raised and preserved at sentencing.  The Gordon...
Tags: Law, Iowa, State, Gordon, Iowa Supreme Court, Loomis, SMU, Appel, PSI, IRR, American Law Institute, Pew Center, Douglas A Berman, Gordon Iowa, Buesing, Malenchik

Senate leader Mitch McConnell says in floor speech that he will bring up FIRST STEP Act for a vote!!

Most everything that happens inside the Beltway tends to make me sad and frustrated, but I was feeling especially sad and frustrated by report that the FIRST STEP Act would not even get a vote in the Senate this year.  But, providing a belated Hannukah gift and an early Christmas gift is this exciting news via the Washington Post: "McConnell to bring up criminal-justice bill for a Senate vote."  Here are the details: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said Tuesday that the Senate wi...
Tags: Law, Washington Post, Senate, Gop, Ted Cruz, Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Beltway, Senate Judiciary Committee, Tom Cotton, Mitch McConnell R Ky, McConnell, Prez, Douglas A Berman, Charles E Grassley, Prez Trump

Senator Ted Cruz supports FIRST STEP Act with revisions, Prez Trump tweets for a "VOTE," and the bill's prospects brighten

The US stock market probably can lay claim to being the most volatile and unpredictable metric since last months election, but the ups and downs surrounding the possible enactment of the FIRST STEP Act during the lame duck Congress have certainly been knocking me for a loop.  As of yesterday evening, as reflected in this post, I was ready to put a folk in reform efforts and conclude they were done for now.  But a new day brings all sorts of new developments: (1) Senator Ted Cruz issued this pres...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, White House, US, Gop, South Dakota, Alaska, Ted Cruz, Iowa, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Kansas City, Donald Trump, Cruz, Mitch

Sex With Client Day In Iowa Bar Discipline

The Iowa Supreme Court dealt with two sex with client matters today with the same 30-day suspension sanction. From May 2017 through November 30, 2017, Jacobsma maintained an attorney–client relationship with Jane Doe, representing her in various legal matters. On... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Iowa Supreme Court, Jane Doe, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process, Jacobsma

30 Day Suspension In Iowa For Sex With Client

The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended an attorney for 30 days for sex with a domestic relations client. An Iowa attorney engaged in an intimate relationship with one of her clients whom she was representing in a marriage dissolution matter.... [Author: Legal Profession Prof]
Tags: Law, Iowa, Iowa Supreme Court, Legal Profession Prof, Bar Discipline & Process

Maps reveal how each U.S. state enforces drug laws differently recently published maps that use the latest government data on drug use and arrests to show how enforcement varies across the country.Marijuana arrests remain significantly high in many states, even in some where pot's legalized.Methamphetamine is, by far, the drug most commonly involved in drug-related offenses across the country. None American law enforcement agencies made 1.63 million arrests for drug law violations in 2017, according to FBI data. That's nearly a 4 percent increase ...
Tags: Prison, Mississippi, Law, Fbi, Policy, Iowa, Arizona, Innovation, Addiction, Methamphetamine, Rhode Island, Connecticut Delaware, American Addictions Centers, National Drug Use And Health, Stephen Pannel, Oxford Treatment Center

Despite push by Prez and VP and support of at least 70 senators, odds of a Senate vote on FIRST STEP Act still reportedly "less than 50/50"

Politico has this lengthy report, headlined "White House makes last-ditch push on criminal justice reform bill," on the state of debate among Senate Republicans concerning the FIRST STEP Act.  Here are details: The Trump administration and a bloc of Republican senators are making a last-ditch attempt to pass a criminal justice reform bill in the lame duck session. In a closed-door party lunch on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence made a strong endorsement of the bill to Senate Republicans, sena...
Tags: Utah, Law, Senate, White House, US, Cotton, Gop, Idaho, House, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Mike Lee, Kennedy, Trump

Senator Tom Cotton continuing to do everything he can to try to keep the FIRST STEP Act from moving forward

Senator Tom Cotton continues to work with all his might to halt Congress from taking any reform steps via the FIRST STEP Act, and his latest efforts involve this new National Review commentary and what is reported here by Politico under the headline "Cotton wields sex offender report to tank prisons bill."  Here is how Senator Cotton himself gets started at NR: It remains to be seen whether the lame-duck 115th Congress will debate a sweeping overhaul of our federal criminal-justice system befor...
Tags: Utah, Law, Congress, Senate, Cotton, Gop, Arkansas, House, Iowa, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Doj, Mike Lee, Justice Department, Carroll, Lindsey Graham

"The fact that California delegates could be up for grabs even before Iowa’s caucuses begin has been a frequent topic of discussion among some Kamala Harris supporters..."

"... and Texas’s early potential delegate haul has not been lost on those trying to push Beto O’Rourke into the race. Ahead of a nationwide contest that could come down to a delegate-counting exercise simply because of the sheer number of potential candidates, the thinking goes, any marginal advantage counts. 'It won’t stop candidates from doing all the early state stuff, but it changes the calculus overall,' says one Democratic fundraiser aligned with Harris, who’s spoken with national strategi...
Tags: Texas, Law, California, Iowa, Kamala Harris, HARRIS, Ann Althouse, 2020 Campaign, Beto O'Rourke

Notable account of Acting AG Matt Whitaker's sentencing work as US Attorney in Iowa

The Washington Post has this interesting new piece about the current Acting US Attorney General's sentencing record as a chief federal prosecutor in Iowa. The lengthy piece is headlined, "As U.S. attorney, Whitaker imposed longer-than-usual drug sentences," and merits a full read. Here are snippets: Raeanna Woody’s crimes hardly seemed like they would add up to a life sentence in prison. She had two nonviolent drug convictions, for possessing marijuana and delivering 12 grams of methamphetamine...
Tags: Law, Obama, Washington Post, US, Barack Obama, United States, Iowa, Nebraska, The Washington Post, Jason, Bennett, Whitaker, Paxton, Pratt, Woody, Southern District of Iowa

Senate Majority Leader McConnell tells Prez Trump that FIRST STEP Act will not get done this year

According to this new New York Times piece, "Senator Mitch McConnell told President Trump in a private meeting on Thursday that there is not likely to be enough time to bring a bipartisan criminal justice bill up for a vote this year, regardless of the support it has in the Senate and the White House, according to people familiar with the meeting." here is more: Mr. McConnell, who as majority leader controls the Senate floor, delivered the news in a previously scheduled meeting at the White Hou...
Tags: Utah, Law, Obama, Congress, Senate, White House, Cotton, Arkansas, House, New York Times, Iowa, Wisconsin, Mitch McConnell, Homeland Security, Louisiana, Mike Lee

Whitaker on Patent Marketing

by Dennis Crouch Following up on the patent experience of US Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.  Although not a patent attorney, Whitaker has been a board member of the now defunct invention promotion scam World Patent Marketing.  In 2017, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed suit against the company, won a preliminary injunction against its ongoing business, and then a consent decree for $27 million in judgments and injunction against ongoing business.  (Apparently at least $24 million is g...
Tags: Law, Court, US, United States, Iowa, Quinn, Patent, Ftc, Board, Whitaker, AG, Federal Trade Commission FTC, Matthew Whitaker, Dennis Crouch, Gene Quinn, Darrin P Gayles

Brennan Center wasting no time advocating for sentencing reforms after election and ouster of AG Jeff Sessions

The folks over at the Brennan Center already have two short pieces up making the case for Congress to move forward with federal sentencing reforms and for the Senate Judiciary Committee to seek to ensure the next Attorney General cares about criminal justice reform.  Here are links to the pieces with some excerpts: "Sentencing Reform Should Be a Top Post-Election Priority for Congress"  As Congress prepares to enter a lame-duck session following yesterday’s midterm elections, it has a rare oppo...
Tags: Law, Congress, Senate, Iowa, Mitch McConnell, Justice Department, Lindsey Graham, Trump, Senate Judiciary Committee, Grassley, Jeff Sessions, Sen Chuck Grassley, Brennan Center, Judiciary Committee, Congress As Congress, Douglas A Berman

Could the FIRST STEP Act, with sentencing reforms added, get through Congress in just a matter of weeks?

The question in the title of this post is prompted by this new Washington Examiner article headlined "Prison reform bill to include sentencing, setting up post-election fight." Here are excerpts: Criminal justice reform advocates say sentencing reform provisions will be included in legislation unveiled shortly after midterm elections Tuesday, triggering an intense lame-duck struggle over attaching penalty reductions to a White House-backed prison reform bill. The First Step Act passed the House...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, Congress, Senate, White House, US, House, Iowa, House Of Representatives, Chuck Grassley, Mitch McConnell, Fox News, Holden, Trump, Mark Holden, Koch Industries

Empirical SCOTUS: State fault lines that might lead to big cases before the Supreme Court

The Supreme Court currently has 43 arguments scheduled for this term. For the most part, these cases will go under the radar. Even cases with large sets of amicus briefs, usually a good sign of generalized interest in issues, do not have the same blockbuster quality as those of recent terms. For example, amici filed nearly 30 merits briefs in the case Weyerhaeuser Company v. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The case deals with the scope of the Endangered Species Act. Although this topic is import...
Tags: Florida, Featured, Mississippi, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Virginia, Alabama, Indiana, UPS, United States, Tennessee, Iowa, Arizona, Louisiana, District Of Columbia

Bowhunting Iowa Bucks: Killing #1

Our friend and BHOD Field Staffer, Lindsey Zastrow, checked in with us on her recent success for her #1 buck while bowhunting Iowa bucks last week.... Read more... The post Bowhunting Iowa Bucks: Killing #1 appeared first on
Tags: Iowa, Hunting, Bowhunting Blog, Bowhunting Iowa bucks, Lindsey Zastrow

Resignation: Liability for a Company Car After Resignation

My question involves labor and employment law for the state of: Iowa where my former company is located. (I live and work in Minnesota). I verbally submitted my resignation to my former company this past Monday morning (Oct. 15th) via a phone call to my former boss/owner effective immediately. The phone conversation was very cordial. I had been passively seeking employment for the last 6 months. I just accepted a fantastic opportunity with a company this past Saturday afternoon and began working...
Tags: Minnesota, Law, Iowa, Employment and Labor, ABC ACME Co

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