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News Release

October 4, 2017

Contact: Steve Davis, Court Communications Director, (515)725-8058 or

Iowa Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Quad City Area Students

Des Moines, October 4, 2017—On Thursday, October 12, and Friday, October 13, justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will meet with students from six Quad City area schools to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts in Iowa. The justices will visit with students in Davenport, Eldridge, and Bettendorf.

High School Visit Schedule

Thursday, October 12, 2017

1:45 p.m. Justice Appel will visit Davenport West High School

Friday, October 13, 2017

9:25 a.m. Chief Justice Cady will visit Davenport Assumption High School

9:45 a.m. Justice Mansfield will visit Pleasant Valley High School

10:00 a.m. Justice Waterman will visit North Scott High School

11:30 a.m. Justice Zager will visit Davenport Central High School

1:00 p.m. Justice Waterman will visit Bettendorf High School

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Davenport on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 p.m. in the Davenport Central High School Performing Arts Center, 1120 Main Street. During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in one case. The oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices in the auditorium lobby will follow the oral arguments. The Scott County Bar Association is sponsoring the reception.

Special Session

Thursday, October 12, 7:00 p.m.

Davenport Central High School Performing Arts Center

1120 Main Street

Davenport, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear attorneys argue in one case:

State of Iowa v. Carlos Ariel Gomez Garcia, case no. 15-1543, from Muscatine County District Court

Case Summary: Defendant Carlos Garcia is able to read and understand the English language and sought to waive the assistance of court interpreters at his trial on drug related charges.  Defendant believed that the presence of interpreters would be distracting and confusing to him and could be unfairly prejudicial to him during a jury trial. The trial court ordered the interpreters to remain present on a standby basis throughout the trial, whereupon defendant waived his right to a jury trial, and the trial court ultimately found him guilty on the drug charges.  The Iowa Court of Appeals determined that the trial court erred in refusing to accept Garcia's knowing and voluntary waiver of interpreter services and reversed his convictions and ordered a new trial.  The State argues on further review before the Iowa Supreme Court that improperly denying a waiver of interpreter services does not fundamentally affect the fairness of the proceedings and does not warrant automatic reversal of a criminal conviction.

Public Reception

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the Davenport Central High School Performing Arts Center lobby. The Scott County Bar Association is sponsoring the reception.

Attorneys' briefs for the case and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:

Note to Editors: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at

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