Representative Cases

State v. Stout – Following a hearing, the District Court in Washington County threw out evidence gathered in the defendant’s home and on his property pursuant to an unconstitutional search by law enforcement.

State v. Seering – The Washington County District Court granted the Defendant’s request to dismiss the State’s prosecution in a case of first impression. The Iowa Supreme Court did reverse the District Court after more than a year with two justices dissenting.

State v. Seager – Alleged murder weapon suppressed in double homicide; first degree murder charges were dismissed.

State v. Petrak – The defendant was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (marijuana) after a search of his person at a University of Iowa dormitory. Following a hearing, the district court found that the defendant did not voluntarily consent to this search. The court threw out the evidence discovered by the search.

State v. Minssen – The Clinton County Attorney’s Office dismissed charges of operating while intoxicated following a District Court order finding the defendant’s constitutional rights were violated. The District Court’s findings were upheld after the Iowa Supreme Court denied the State’s application for review.