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Case No. 22-0581

Joshua Venckus
City of Iowa City and Andrew Rich

Joshua Venckus appeals from the district court’s order granting the motion for summary judgment filed by the City of Iowa City and its employee, Detective Andrew Rich, and dismissing Mr. Venckus’s claims. Mr. Venckus argues the court erred by finding Iowa law does not permit constitutional tort claims against municipalities, recognize claims for damages under article I, sections 1 and 8 of the Iowa Constitution, or provide for a claim of malicious prosecution for an alleged act or acts of continuing or encouraging a criminal prosecution where probable cause existed at its inception but allegedly dissipated upon the discovery of certain exculpatory evidence.

Trial Court Case No.:


Joshua Venckus


City of Iowa City and Andrew Rich

Attorneys for the Appellant

Martin Diaz
M. Victoria Cole

Attorneys for the Appellee

Elizabeth J. Craig
Jennifer L. Schwickerath

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Feb 21, 2023 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 19, 2023

Other Information

Date Retained:
Oct 24, 2022
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