In a somewhat surprising ruling, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, which includes Iowa, recently held that an otherwise unlawful police search was legal because the defendant had a “for sale” sign on his lawn. A Kansas City man has now been convicted of illegally possessing a shotgun after a felony conviction -- all because he wanted to sell a motorcycle.
The Iowa Supreme Court recently issued a holding on whether or not an officer can make a suspected drunk driving stop based solely on an anonymous phone call. According to the Court, an anonymous tip is not enough to justify a stop.