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Gov. Branstad denies 18 applications for commutation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Friday, 28 March 2014 10:16

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad today denied the following applications for commutation:

LeRoy W. Basham, age 64, committed his crime on March 2, 1987, in Boone County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. 

James W. Bettis, age 43, committed his crime on September 6, 1988, in Page County.  He is currently a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Tina M. Bowers, age 44, committed her crimes on about October 1, 1996, in Cedar County.  She is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed fifty years for four counts of second-degree Sexual Abuse; twenty-five year sentences consecutively and two twenty-five year counts concurrently for a total of fifty years with a 70% mandatory. 

Gerne E. Dryer, age 66, committed his crimes on December 8, 1993, in Dubuque County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping and four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon.

James Eaglefeather, age 34, committed his crimes on October 6, 1998, in Pottawattamie County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for Robbery – 1st degree, 85%.

Brandon S. Horkheimer, age 24, committed his crime on December 30, 2009, in Dubuque County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed ten years for Robbery – 2nd degree, 85%. 

Jennifer L. Kerby, age 32, committed her crime on September 28, 2000, in Polk County.  She is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for Robbery – 1st degree, 85%.

Danny Ray Long, age 39, committed his crimes on or about December 11th and 18th, 1998, in Pottawattamie County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed fifty years for two counts of Robbery – 1st degree, 85%. 

Murl E. McMullin, age 49, committed his crime on June 4, 1986, in Linn County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Emanuel Myers, Jr., age 41, committed his crime on June 10, 2007, in Johnson County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed ten years for Robbery – 2nd degree (85%).

Robert L. Pate, age 39, committed his crimes on February 1, 2000 and October 4, 2007, in Polk County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed seventy-five years for second-degree Controlled Substance and Prohibited Acts – Controlled Substance (cocaine).

Derome Robertson, age 36, committed his crime on November 14, 1996, in Linn County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed twenty-five years for first-degree robbery.

Steven G. Sempek, age 46, committed his crimes on April 1, 1998, in Pottawattamie County.  He is currently serving a 100-year sentence for six counts of Sexual Abuse in the second-degree (85%). 

Kenneth Allen Todd, age 53, committed his crime on September 18, 1982, in Polk County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

David Tomlinson, age 40, committed his crimes on May 22, 1998, in Tama County.  He is currently serving a life sentence plus fifty-five years for first-degree murder, second-degree murder (85%), and flee state to avoid prosecution.

Simon C. Tunstall, age 58, committed his crime on August 31, 1986, in Woodbury County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

Mark A. Wilder, age 38, committed his crimes on July 11, 2002, in Black Hawk County.  He is currently serving a term of incarceration not to exceed thirty years for first-degree robbery (85%) and escape of a felon.

Arthur Lee Williams, Jr., age 65, committed his crime on May 31, 1972, in Black Hawk County.  He is currently serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.

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Embracing the Middle East: The Corrie Family Story PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Laura Anderson, Sisters of St. Francis, Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking   
Friday, 28 March 2014 08:34

In 2003, 23-year old human rights activist Rachel Corrie was killed by an Israeli military bulldozer in the Gaza Strip as she tried to prevent the demolition of a Palestinian family’s home.  Rachel’s parents, Cindy and Craig Corrie, motivated by their daughter's work and example, have dedicated themselves to the pursuit of justice and peace in the Middle East.  The Corries will share their family story on Friday, April 11 at 7:00pm at The Canticle – home of the Sisters of St. Francis – 841 Thirteenth Avenue North in Clinton.  This event from the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking is free of charge and open to the public.

Cindy and Craig Corrie, both raised and educated in Iowa, have made numerous visits to the Middle East region, most recently in fall 2012 leading Interfaith Peace-Builder delegations to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.  “Rachel wrote of the importance of making commitments to places and initiated this one to Rafah and Gaza. The commitment she made continues,” said Cindy Corrie.  

The Corries have continued to seek accountability in the case of their daughter and to promote changes in U.S. foreign policy in Israel/Palestine through efforts with the U.S. Congress, U.S. Departments of State and Justice, the Israeli Government, the Israeli and U.S. court systems, and at the corporate headquarters of Caterpillar Inc. 

It is the continuing policy of the U.S. Government that the matter of Rachel Corrie's killing has not been adequately investigated and addressed by the government of Israel.  Encouraged by U.S. officials, the Corrie family in 2005 filed a civil lawsuit in Israel in their daughter's case.  On March 10, 2010, seven years after Rachel Corrie's killing, oral argument in the case began in Haifa District Court.  It proceeded with sporadic court dates until a final hearing on July 10, 2011.  In an August 28, 2012 ruling, Judge Oded Gershon absolved the Israeli military and state of all responsibility.  The Corrie family has filed an appeal with the Israeli Supreme Court.  A hearing is scheduled forMay 21, 2014. 

Rachel Corrie was a prolific and gifted writer. With their daughter Sarah, the Corries co-edited Let Me Stand Alone: the Journals of Rachel Corrie, a collection of Rachel's poetry, essays, letters and journal entries, published by W.W. Norton & Co in 2008. The Corries speak widely of their daughter's story and experience, and of their own work with the people of Palestine and Israel   They are frequent guests at post-performance discussions of the playMy Name is Rachel Corrie, co-edited by Alan Rickman and Katharine Viner, and produced in theaters across the U.S. and world. 

   

The Corries have resided in Olympia, Washington, for over thirty-five years where with community supporters, they now carry on the work of the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.  In December 2010, the foundation was recognized for “outstanding service for Human Rights-Unique Achievement” by the Thurston County Diversity Council. The Corries are recipients of a Human Rights Advocate of the Year Award from Seattle University’s Human Rights Network and a Pillar of Peace Award from the Pacific Northwest Region of the American Friends Service Committee.  In October 2012, they accepted the LennonOno Grant for Peace on behalf of their daughter Rachel.  

   

For more information about the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice visit http://rachelcorriefoundation.org.  

The Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking was created by the Sisters of St. Francis as means for integrating Franciscan spirituality with the mission of promoting active nonviolence and peacemaking, as well as advocating for social justice issues and care for the earth.  Most recently, the Center has focused on immigration reform, human trafficking, abolition of the death penalty, domestic violence and sexual assault, poverty, environmental concerns, and active nonviolence. Through special events, our weekly Action Alert Digest and website, the Center reaches out to involve the community at large.  For more information about the event at The Canticle, call 563-242-7611 or visit www.ClintonFranciscans.com.

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AARP Applauds House for Passing Two Bills to Better Combat Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Ann Black   
Friday, 28 March 2014 08:03

Des Moines, March 26, 2014 – AARP applauds today’s action by members of the Iowa House for their unanimous passage of much-needed uniform power of attorney legislation, Senate File 2168, a bill creating a Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA).  This vote follows yesterday’s House passage of legislation defining financial exploitation of a vulnerable elder, Senate File 2239.  AARP advocated for enactment of both measures to help curb the growing problem of elder financial abuse in Iowa. 

“We commend members of the Iowa House of Representatives for working through the complexities of the issue of elder abuse and coming up with two very strong bills to better protect vulnerable Iowans and their families from this growing problem,” said AARP State President Tony Vola. “AARP advocated passage of a Uniform Power of Attorney Act as the most important tool Iowa can use to combat the devastating problem of financial exploitation of elders. Together these bills give Iowans greater peace of mind with the assurance stronger protections against financial abuse and exploitation," said Vola.

Multiple national studies have found that financial exploitation is the most common and under-reported type of elder abuse, with estimates that one of every six adults over age 64 has been a victim of financial abuse.

A power of attorney is a legal document that allows someone to make decisions on behalf of someone else. A power of attorney document can be a useful tool in the event of future incapacity and can avoid the need for court appointment of a guardian or conservator. But power of attorney misuse and abuse can lead to dire consequences for the person it was meant to benefit.  

 

Many Iowans are fortunate to have a power of attorney agent who fulfills their responsibilities. This legislation addresses the unfortunate cases where an agent representing an older Iowan either fails to understand his or her responsibilities, misuses the power of attorney, or outright abuses the power of attorney, all of which hurt the individual and his or her family.

For the past two years, AARP Iowa has been active on the Iowa Elder Abuse Taskforce, working with state leaders, advocates and other organizations appointed by the Iowa General Assembly to study the issue of elder abuse in our state and recommend actions to combat it.  Passage of a strong Uniform Power of Attorney Act (UPOAA) was a consensus taskforce recommendation and a legislative priority of Iowa Bar Association. 

AARP urges the Iowa Senate to pass and the Governor to sign SF 2168 to more effectively address the growing problem of elder financial abuse in our state and help older Iowans and their families have the protections they need to take action against current and future abuse. 

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Recent Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Iowa Judicial Branch   
Friday, 28 March 2014 07:59

March 26, 2014 ---Chief Justice Cady has signed an order adopting self-represented litigant forms for disestablishing the legal parent status of a party to a dissolution of marriage with children.  The forms will be contained in Iowa Court Rule 17.200 as part of the set of self-represented litigant family law forms for dissolutions of marriage with children.  Form 212 is the Joint Statement on Legal Parent, and form 213 is the Motion to Disestablish Legal Parent.

In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Self Represented Litigant Forms for Disestablishing Legal Parent
Order (354 kb)
Form 212: Joint Statement on Legal Parent (501 kb)
Form 213: Motion to Disestablish Legal Parent (504 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Student Practice (March 21, 2014)
Order (29 kb)
Rule 31.15 Student Practice Rule (152 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Amendment of Student Practice Rule (65 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Continuing Legal Education (March 21, 2014)
Order (28 kb)
Chapters 41 and 42 (176 kb)
OPR Memo Re: Distance Education Changes as Adopted (65 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Chapter 17 Forms for Applications to Modify Child Support in the Iowa Court Rules (March 6, 2014)
Order (406 kb)
Rule (127 kb)
Forms (1451 kb)
Guide (492 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules and Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with Children (December 19, 2013)
Order (79 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With Minor Children (4394 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with Minor Children (543 kb)
Chapter 17 of the Iowa Court Rules (153 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Division III of the Court Rules Regarding the Client Security Trust Fund (November 26, 2013)
Order (160 kb)
Office of Professional Regulation Memorandum (118 kb)
Chapter 39 and 40 (141 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of New Forms for Dissolutions of Marriage with no Minor Children (November 6, 2013)
Order (60 kb)
Divorce Forms for Self Represented Litigants With No Minor Children (2415 kb)
Guide to Representing Yourself in an Iowa Divorce Case with no Minor Children (445 kb)
In the Matter of Interim Rules to Govern the use of the Electronic Document Management System (October 22, 2013)
Supervisory Order (66 kb)
Rules 16.302, 16.320, 16.701 (132 kb)
In the Matter of the New Rule of Juvenile Procedure (October 16, 2013)
Juvenile Procedure 8.36
Order (125 kb)
Rule 8.36 (253 kb)
Standards of Practice (309 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (August 22, 2013)
Effective immediately
Order (25 kb)
Chapter 31, Admission to the Bar (214 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of Clarifying Comments (June 13, 2013)
Iowa Rule of Professional Conduct 32:1.13
Effective immediately
Order (61 kb)
In the Matter of Iowa Court Rules New Chapter 26 (June 4, 2013)
Rules for Installment Payment Plans and Other Court Collection Activities
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (253 kb)
Chapter 26 (294 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Chapter 9 (May 9, 2013)
Child Support Guidelines
Effective July 1, 2013
Order (69 kb)
Chapter 9, Child Support Guidelines (2035 kb)
Child Support Guidelines Review Committee Final Report (2595 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved rules governing electronic appellate processes. The rules, to be contained in the Chapter 16 court rules pertaining to EDMS, are prospective only. The court will announce an effective date for the rules and for implementation of electronic filing in the appellate courts at a later date.
Order (63 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure and Organization and Procedures of Appellate Courts in Chapters 6 and 21 of the Iowa Court Rules (March 5, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has amended the rules of appellate procedure contained in chapter 6 of the Iowa Court Rules and has rescinded and rewritten the rules governing the organization and procedures of appellate courts contained in Chapter 21 of the Iowa Court Rules. 
Effective May 3, 2013
Order (74 kb)
Chapter 6 and Chapter 21 (116 kb)
In the Matter of Adoption of an Emeritus Pro Bono Practice Rule (March 1, 2013)
The Iowa Supreme Court has adopted an emeritus pro bono practice rule (Iowa Court Rule 31.19) that encourages retired or retiring Iowa attorneys, including attorneys licensed in other states, to provide volunteer legal services on behalf of legal aid organizations serving low income persons in Iowa.
Effective immediately
Order and Rule Amendments (323 kb)
In the Matter of New Rule of Civil Procedure (December 6, 2012)
The Iowa Supreme Court has approved the addition of rule 1.1702 to the Iowa Rules of Civil Procedure providing a uniform process for interstate depositions and discovery.
Supervisory Order (157 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules (November 8, 2012)
Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel 
Temporarily adopting the attached forms, effective immediately. Forms permanently take effect January 7, 2013.
Supervisory Order and Forms Regarding Appointment of Counsel (294 kb)
In the Matter of Iowa Court Rule 31.16 (Sept. 13, 2012)
Registration of House Counsel
Effective immediately
Order (49 kb)
Chapter 31 (272 kb)
In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (Sept. 13, 2012)
Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules -- Form 3.27:Verification of Account
Effective immediately
Order (90 kb)
Chapter 3, Form 3.27 (45 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to the Iowa Court Rules Governing Lawyer Advertising (August 28, 2012)
Effective January 1, 2013
Order and Chapter 32 (1114 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules 35.17 and 42.1 (August 24, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 35.17 and 42.1 (66 kb)
In the Matter of Amendment of Iowa Court Rule 35.1 (August 24, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 35.1 (56 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating Admission to the Bar (July 13, 2012)
Effective immediately
Order, Rule 31.11(3), and OPR change to rule 31.12 (119 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (July 5, 2012)
Supervisory Order, Chapter 13 (516 kb)
In the Matter of Chapter 13 of the Iowa Court Rules (June 29, 2012)
Order, Chapter 13 and Forms (1418 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Rules of Appellate Procedure (May 21, 2012)
6.1005 Regarding Frivolous Appeals and Withdrawal of Counsel (Including Related Changes to Other Rules)
Effective immediately
Order (147 kb)
Rule 6.1005 (194 kb)
In the Matter of Standard Forms of Pleadings for Small Claims Actions (May 7, 2012)
Chapter 3 of the Iowa Court Rules is rescinded effective July 1, 2012, and revised Chapter 3 is adopted. Until July 1, 2012, parties may use either the current pleadings forms or the new pleadings forms.
Order (129 kb)
Chapter 3 -- Small Claims forms (711 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rules Regulating the Practice of Law (May 2, 2012)
Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam. 
Amended effective immediately
Nunc Pro Tunc (59 kb)
OPR Rules Revisions (Strikethrough version) (4618 kb)
OPR Rules Revisions (Final version) (396 kb)
In the Matter of Amendments to Iowa Court Rule 32:7.4 (March 12, 2012)
The Court adds Veterans Law to the list of fields of practice and specialization.
Order (80 kb)
Iowa Courts Rules
The Chief Justice has signed a supplemental order specifying the effective date of the amendment to Rule 41.3(2)
Supplemental Order (35 kb)
Iowa Court Rules (February 20, 2012)
Amendments concerning the attorney disciplinary process, client trust account reconciliation and record retention procedures, continuing legal education, and the bar exam. 
Amended effective immediately
Order (183 kb)
Amendments (10043 kb)
Summary of Amendments (87 kb)

 
Gov. Branstad to sign House File 2427 into law Wednesday PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of the State of Iowa   
Wednesday, 26 March 2014 11:03

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad will sign House File 2427 into law Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at 2:15 p.m. The signing comes on the same day the Iowa Corn Growers Association holds their day on the hill.

The following bill signing is open to credentialed members of the media:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

2:15 p.m. Gov. Branstad signs House File 2427 into law

Governor’s Formal Office

State Capitol

Des Moines, IA

House File 2427: an Act relating to corn promotion, including special referendums, the assessment of a checkoff, and the creation of a task force, and making penalties applicable.

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