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Civil forfeitures are good business for Iowa law enforcement

The Iowa Supreme Court is considering arguments in a case of civil forfeiture, involving a traffic stop on I-80, where an Iowa State Patrol trooper seized $33,100 in cash and a small amount of marijuana. The driver was charged, but acquitted, of marijuana possession, but the state patrol kept his cash.

Broken taillights: as useful as a search warrant

A man was arrested this week in Cedar Rapids and is now facing multiple drug charges, after police found a meth lab in his vehicle. For this man, if this is his first arrest, is likely to be the beginning of a long struggle with criminal justice system. He will have to determine with the help of his attorney if he should challenge the arrest at trial or accept some form of a plea bargain.

A matter of no discretion

Federal district court judges are seen by many has having a position of great respect and authority. A lifetime appointment, at a decent salary, at least by most Americans' standards, it is in some sense the pinnacle of many a lawyer's legal career. Only a seat on a court of appeals bench is more prestigious and the U.S. Supreme Court only sees a few appointments during most judges' careers and requires extraordinary political connections.

Missed it by much more than a hair

Science in the courtroom is important. Many elements in many criminal cases are dependent on lab tests to confirm a white powder is really cocaine or that some other substance is an illegal Schedule 1 drug. It is necessary when testing the blood of someone accused of driving while intoxicated and to determine if a bullet slug matches a particular gun used during the commission of a crime.

Should marijuana be reclassified to Schedule II?

Having a federal drug conviction on your record is a problem. A felony drug sentence can cause innumerable difficulties for your life. From finding a job and obtaining federal student aid to go to school or just finding some place to live, a drug conviction can derail your life and your future.

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