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Tuesday, 01 April 2014 13:56

Iowa Supreme Court Justices to meet with Toledo Area Students

Des Moines, April 1, 2014—On Wednesday, April 9 at 1:15 p.m., Iowa Supreme Court Justice Brent Appel will meet with students during Tama County Government Day at the Reinig Center, 1007 Prospect Drive, Toledo. On Thursday, April 10, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit six Toledo area high schools to meet with students and discuss the role of the courts. The justices will visit West Marshall High School in State Center, North Tama High School in Traer, Marshalltown High School in Marshalltown, Benton High School in Van Horne, East Marshall High School in Le Grand, and South Tama High School in Tama.

High School visit schedule for Thursday, April 10, 2014

Justice Edward Mansfield will visit West Marshall High School at 8:30 a.m.

Justice Bruce Zager will visit North Tama High School at 9:00 a.m.

Justice Daryl Hecht will visit Marshalltown High School at 9:25 a.m.

Justice Thomas Waterman will visit Benton High School at 9:50 a.m.

Chief Justice Mark Cady will visit East Marshall High School at 9:50 a.m.

Justice David Wiggins will visit South Tama High School at 10:00 a.m.

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Toledo on Wednesday evening April 9, in the Wieting Theatre, 101 South Church Street. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in two cases. The session begins at 7 p.m. As always, oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the Toledo Community building located next door to the Wieting Theatre will follow the oral arguments.

Special Session

Wednesday, April 9, at 7:00 p.m.

Wieting Theatre

101 South Church Street

Toledo, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue in two cases:

State of Iowa v. Nathan Olsen, No. 13-0832

After a hunting trip in Iowa, Defendant Nathan Olsen was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm based on a deferred judgment Olsen received from the State of Wisconsin. Olsen argues the district court should have dismissed the Iowa charge because his deferred judgment from Wisconsin did not involve a guilty plea or finding of guilt against him. A question before the court is whether Olsen's Wisconsin deferred judgment constitutes a felony under Iowa law for purposes of violation of Iowa Code section 724.26.

Hussemann v. Hussemann, No. 13-1082

The Iowa District Court in this case gave effect to an out-of-state postnuptial agreement and denied the widow the right to take an elective share of her deceased husband's trust as provided in Iowa Code section 633.238. The postnuptial agreement was valid under Florida law where the parties entered into the agreement. A question before the court is whether the parties' freedom to contract outweighs Iowa's public policy against postnuptial agreements.

For more information about the oral arguments

Attorneys' briefs for the two cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:

Note to news media

News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, and audio recording devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch Website at: .

Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms is available on the Iowa Legislature website at Internet Explorer 9 or higher is required to view this page of the Iowa Legislature website. Mozilla, Firefox, or Google Chrome will also work.

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