WASHINGTON DC (March 21, 2019) — Warning that overburdened, underfunded, and — consequently, at times — incompetent public-defenders jeopardize the Sixth Amendment’s assurance of the right to a fair trial when they fail to present an adequate defense for those too poor to hire a competent attorney, The Rutherford Institute has asked the U.S

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 18, 2019) — Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller filed a lawsuit Monday to shut down an alleged puppy-laundering ring, including dissolving two “pet rescue” non-profits accused of exporting designer-dogs from Iowa to pet-shops in other states.

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 15, 2019) — Thirty Iowans have applied with the State Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the two vacancies on the Iowa Court of Appeals that occurred when Chief Judge David Danilson retired on January 4, 2019 and Judge Christopher McDonald filled the Supreme Court vacancy on March 7, 2019.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK  — Citing the US Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in Clinton v Jones (1997), in which a unanimous Court held that the president is not above the law and may be sued for misconduct committed outside of his official duties, a New York appeals-court has rejected President Trump’s request to dismiss or delay a defamation l

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 7, 2019) — Today the ACLU of Iowa and the ACLU’s nation Smart Justice Project released a report — the first-ever analysis of its kind — that details how Iowa’s rate of incarceration is spiraling out of control.

WASHINGTON DC (March 7, 2019) — Weighing in on a First Amendment case that could have significant ramifications for online communications and controversial art forms, The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of a rap artist who was charged with making terrorist threats after posting a rap song critical of police on Facebook and

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 7, 2019) — On Tuesday, April 2, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Forest City, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Boman Fine Arts Center, 225 John K. Hanson Drive. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7PM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 29, 2019) — The Iowa Attorney General’s Office is asking a judge to shut down several Quad Cities-based advertising companies that are accused of continuing to defraud small businesses across the nation.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 13, 2019) — Today a Polk County jury delivered a win for transgender rights in Iowa. It’s historic since the lawsuit was the first transgender rights case to be filed in Iowa district court since Iowa added gender identity protections to the Iowa Civil Rights Act back in 2007.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 8, 2019) — The State Judicial Nominating Commission, which is responsible for selecting nominees for appointment to the Iowa Supreme Court and the Iowa Court of Appeals, announced today it will begin accepting applications for the vacancy that occurred when Chief Judge David R Danilson retired January 4, 2019. The commission has sixty days from February 5, 2019, to send a slate of nominees to the Governor, who makes appointments to the court.