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Woman faces criminal charges tied to voter fraud in Iowa

One choice can have a long-term impact on a person's life, particularly if that decision is considered to be a crime. Some people naturally may think that a crime such as voter fraud is petty, but in the eyes of the law, it can pose a significant threat to the political system. Thus, it comes with hefty consequences. This is the situation of one woman after facing criminal charges for this type of fraud in Iowa.

Man pleads not guilty in case of 1997 Iowa City murder

Criminal charges often have a statute of limitations attached to them. This means that there are time constraints for when charges can be filed. However, other types of charges do not include a statute of limitations, including murder. As a result, a person can face charges no matter how many years ago the purported crime occurred.

West Branch woman accused of purloining hydrocodone

A mix-up at an Iowa City pharmacy has resulted in a woman from West Branch being charged with a serious misdemeanor. The woman, who was a medical assistant at the Steindler Orthopedic Clinic at the time of the incident, is accused of obtaining a controlled substance through prohibited acts. The woman was arrested on Wednesday, although the incident occurred in July, and it seems that even a misdemeanor prescription drug charge may be a bit of a stretch.

Don't run a fraud on the USPS -- they know where you live

The owner of a small secondhand store known as What Goes Around Comes Back Around up in Osceola County learned the hard way that it’s not a good idea to get into a disagreement with the U.S. Postal Service. To the USPS, a rural small business owner in Iowa is just as important a customer as the largest shipper on the coast -- and deserves equal scrutiny.

Another funding threat to Delaware and Dubuque County Drug Court

"One of the philosophies behind my Jail and Prison Ministry program is something called restorative justice,” said a Catholic church deacon who coordinates that ministry through the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, “and that's to try and repair the harm that's done to the community by crime and also the families and the individuals, the offenders themselves, and I think drug court is one of the best examples of a restorative justice program."

Police: Iowa City 21-only ordinance cut felonies, alcohol crimes

With a referendum on Iowa City’s 21-only ordinance coming up in November, the police just released data indicating a number of crimes have dropped since the ordinance was first passed. An earlier repeal effort was only narrowly defeated, and organizers hope support from the police and city council will firmly settle the issue.

Special prosecutor: Sorenson may have made felony misstatements

Even after his resignation on Wednesday after the Iowa Senate Ethics Committee special prosecutor filed his report, former State Senator Kent Sorenson could still face legal repercussions from allegations that he accepted money from U.S. Representative Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign. The special prosecutor’s report determined there was probable cause to believe that he knowingly made misstatements about the money, which could result in felony charges.

Feds say they'll stop prosecuting marijuana users, small dealers

Attorney General Eric Holder is moving quickly to align federal drug enforcement policy with the Administration’s goals he described earlier this month. In a speech before the American Bar Association, Holder denounced the nation’s massive incarceration rate, especially in regards to non-violent offenders. Prison should be to "punish, deter and to rehabilitate, not to merely warehouse and forget," he stressed.

Juvenile felony life sentences ruled unconstitutional in Iowa

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Miller v. Alabama that mandatory sentences of life without the possibility of parole are unconstitutional for juvenile offenders. That was a challenge for Iowa, which had until then required that anyone convicted of first-degree murder -- juvenile or adult -- be given that sentence. In response to the ruling, Governor Terry Branstad immediately used his commutation power to change the sentences of 38 such juvenile offenders to allow parole -- but only after they had served 60 years behind bars.

8th Circuit: yard sign may 'invite' police to search your home

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.

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