Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Clarinda Print
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Written by Steve Davis   
Monday, 17 February 2014 14:03

Des Moines, February 17, 2014 — On Tuesday, March 11, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Clarinda, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Clarinda High School auditorium, 100 North Cardinal Drive. The session will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear lawyers argue in two cases:

State of Iowa v. Dustin Dean Short

On further review, the Iowa Supreme Court must determine whether law enforcement's warrantless, but limited-in-scope search of the residence of defendant, who was on probation at the time and had executed a probation agreement, was valid under Iowa's constitutional search and seizure provision. In State v. Ochoa (2010), the supreme court concluded that a warrantless, suspicionless search of a parolee in his motel room by a general law enforcement officer violated article I, section 8 of the Iowa Constitution.

In the Matter of the Guardianship and Conservatorship of Kennedy

The Iowa Code provides that a guardian must receive court approval to arrange for a ward's nonemergency medical procedure. In this case, the Guardian Ad Litem of the developmentally delayed adult ward asks the Iowa Supreme Court to determine whether a vasectomy is a major elective surgery requiring the ward's guardian to first obtain court approval before the procedure.

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

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in the courtroom is on the Iowa Legislature website at (the first page is blank).

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