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Recent Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

Iowa Supreme Court in Des Moines

The Iowa Supreme Court has considered several questions recently, including: When do hugs between a student and a school employee add up to illegal sexual contact? Also, if a neglected property becomes an eyesore, can the city take it without paying the owner a dime?

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer talks with legal expert Todd Pettys about the stories behind several Iowa Supreme Court cases. Pettys also shares his thoughts on whether Iowa’s new fetal heartbeat law will be struck down.

Pettys is the H. Blair and Joan V. White Chair in Civil Litigation at the University of Iowa College of Law.

Cases discussed this hour include:

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and Jill Meadows v. Kimberly K. Reynolds ex rel. State of Iowa and Iowa Board of Medicine

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-oral-argument-schedule/case/17-1579

P.M. and C.M. v. T.B. and D.B.

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-opinions/case/17-0376

State of Iowa v. Bradley Elroy Wickes

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-opinions/case/16-1684

State of Iowa v. Jose Willfredo Lopez

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/courtcases/99/embed/SupremeCourtOpinion

City of Eagle Grove, Iowa v. Cahalan Investments, L.L.C.

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-opinions/case/16-1658

Jacob Lee Schmidt v. State of Iowa

More information: https://www.iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-opinions/case/15-1408  

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River