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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 13 April 2012 15:17
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No. 09–1914

IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF LOREN S. BOCKWOLDT, Deceased. DALE RICHARD WILLOWS, Conservator for Brandie Renee Bockwoldt, Minor Child of the Decedent vs. THE ESTATE OF LOREN S. BOCKWOLDT

No. 10–1516

RHONDA HALL, Individually and as the Injured Parent of Malika and Miranda, and BOB HALL, Husband of Rhonda Hall vs. JENNIE EDMUNDSON MEMORIAL HOSPITAL and NEBRASKA METHODIST HEALTH SYSTEM, INC.

 
Davenport Man Sentenced on Federal Gun and Drug Charges PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Val Quast   
Friday, 13 April 2012 14:44
DAVENPORT, IA - On April 12, 2012, Ricky Lee Johnson, age 42, of Davenport, Iowa, was sentenced to 262 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine base (“crack”) and marijuana, and for being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced United States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States Chief District Judge James E. Gritzner also ordered Johnson to serve a term of supervised release of 10 years following his incarceration and pay an assessment of $200 to the Crime Victims Fund.

On September 23, 2010, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant at Johnson’s residence. Over 900 grams of marijuana, $3,948 in cash, a .357 magnum handgun, and ammunition were seized at that time.

During his guilty plea, Johnson admitted that he was involved in a conspiracy to distribute crack cocaine and marijuana with Alvin Lee Cooper and Lovell Jonathan Flowers.

Johnson also admitted that the amount of drugs involved was at least 280 grams of crack and at least 60 kilograms of marijuana.

In a related case, Cooper was sentenced to 250 months imprisonment, and Flowers was sentenced to 180 months imprisonment. This investigation was conducted by the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. The case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

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Three Things Everyone Needs to Know About the Apple Antitrust Case PDF Print E-mail
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Written by ARC Media   
Friday, 13 April 2012 12:12

April 11, 2012

WASHINGTON--It appears that the DOJ may sue Apple and two other publishers within a week’s time. The Justice Department alleges that price-fixing of ebooks for the iPad is in play, and they are already reaching settlements with several of the five publishers under investigation.

In their latest column for Forbes.com, Ayn Rand Center writers Don Watkins and Yaron Brook explain the three things everyone needs to know about the case.

According to Mr. Watkins and Dr. Brook, the threatened antitrust suit would (1) penalize a great company (2) for succeeding in the marketplace through (3) voluntary purchases by an adoring public.

The bottom line, according to the authors, is: “We’re talking about free, voluntary contractual arrangements that the government has no business interfering with.”

You can read the entire column here.

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Don Watkins is a fellow with the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a columnist at Forbes.com and his op-eds have appeared in such venues as Investor's Business Daily, Christian Science Monitor and CNBC.com.

Yaron Brook is executive director of the Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights. He is a columnist at Forbes.com and his articles have been featured in major publications such as the Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Investor’s Business Daily. Dr. Brook is often interviewed on radio and is a frequent guest on a variety of national TV programs.

To interview Mr. Watkins or Dr. Brook , please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 202-609-7470, ext. 202.

For more information on Objectivism’s unique point of view, go to ARC’s website. The Ayn Rand Center is a division of the Ayn Rand Institute and promotes the philosophy of Ayn Rand, author of Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead.

 

 

 
Governor Pat Quinn Takes Clemency Action PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Leslie Wertheimer   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:15
CHICAGO – April 6, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn today granted 52 and denied 136 clemency petitions. This action marks another step in a series of clemency decisions aimed at eliminating a backlog of more than 2,500 cases that built up during the previous administration.

The 188 clemency petitions acted upon by Governor Quinn are part of dockets ranging from 2005 through 2012.  Each person granted clemency has recently undergone a criminal background check through the Illinois State Police’s Law Enforcement Agencies Data System (LEADS).

Since taking office, Governor Quinn has acted on 1,923 clemency petitions. Governor Quinn has granted 718 and denied 1205 petitions. Those actions include granting 701 pardons and authorizing 16 people who had already received pardons to seek expungement of their convictions.

For additional information on the granted clemency cases, please contact Ken Tupy at the Prisoner Review Board at (217) 782-7274 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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Davenport Man Sentenced for Conspiracy to Distribute Cocaine PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dawn Thomas   
Tuesday, 10 April 2012 11:13
DAVENPORT, IA – On April 6, 2012, Justo Lopez, Jr., age 29, of Davenport, Iowa, was

sentenced to 65 months of imprisonment for conspiracy to distribute cocaine, announced United

States Attorney Nicholas A. Klinefeldt. United States District Judge John A. Jarvey also

sentenced Lopez to serve 5 years of supervised release following his imprisonment and pay $100

to the Crime Victims Fund. On December 9, 2010, Lopez entered a guilty plea in federal court to

conspiring to distribute at least five kilograms of cocaine from January 2010 through

September 2, 2010.

In the winter of 2010, the Davenport, Iowa, Police Department, investigating cocaine

trafficking in the Davenport area, conducted several controlled buys of cocaine from Lopez.

Police then executed search warrants at Lopez’ home and the home of an associate, seizing

drugs, cash, drug paraphernalia, and a drug ledger. Investigation revealed that Lopez received a

kilogram of cocaine on a weekly basis from a Chicago source. During the course of the

conspiracy, Lopez distributed at least 32 kilograms of cocaine.

This case was investigated by the Davenport Police Department and the Drug

Enforcement Administration, and was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office,

Southern District of Iowa.

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