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Justice for Iowans

The other day an Assistant Attorney General and I engaged in oral argument before a Polk County District Court Judge.  Much of the discussion was about various rules of civil procedure, rules of evidence and whether, for instance, advice not to talk to police translated to a DHS appeal hearing.

I did raise issues I thought […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Child abuse

I am reminded today that while I often rail against DHS, there are real cases of child abuse out there and these children need protection.

It seems that most of these cases have a drug connection.  But there are also cases of physical abuse, sexual abuse and just plain old inability of the parents to meet […]

By |May 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Raising the bar on a fraud conviction

You may have read today that the former Indianola City Attorney is getting a new trial in his fraud conviction.  That’s because the State of Iowa…and this was approved by the Judge…lowered the bar and made it easier to prove that fraud had occurred.  Basically, the jury was instructed that they could convict if there […]

By |May 2nd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ethics and the lawyer

On my first day of law school, we had an ethics discussion. Ethics are important to attorneys, even those who don’t follow the ethics rules. That’s because the Iowa Supreme Court holds their feet to the fire.

Lawyers’ ethics are not the same as good old traditional morality. For instance, if my client admits he has […]

By |May 1st, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments