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Iowa Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Ames Area Students

February 26, 2016

Des Moines, February 26, 2016—On Wednesday, March 2, and Thursday, March 3, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will meet with students from eight Ames area schools to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts in Iowa. The justices will visit with students in Ames, Huxley, Gilbert, Story City, Boone, and Perry.

High school visit schedule for Wednesday, March 2, 2016

1:20 p.m. Justice Wiggins will visit Gilbert Middle School

1:30 p.m. Justice Appel will visit Nevada High School

2:30 p.m. Justice Wiggins will visit Gilbert High School

High school visit schedule for Thursday, March 3, 2016

8:30 a.m. Justice Mansfield will visit Ames High School

9:00 a.m. Justice Waterman will visit Ballard High School

9:00 a.m. Justice Hecht will visit Perry High School

9:30 a.m. Chief Justice Cady will visit Boone High School

10:00 a.m. Justice Zager will visit Roland-Story High School

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Ames on Wednesday evening, March 2, at 7:00 p.m., in the Ames High School auditorium, 1921 Ames High Drive, Ames. 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 Ames High School media center will follow the oral arguments. The Story County Bar Association is sponsoring the reception.

Special session

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
Ames High School Auditorium
1921 Ames High Drive
Ames, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue in one case

State of Iowa v. Kenneth Osborne Ary, case no. 14-1112, from Polk County District Court.

The State seeks further review after the court of appeals reversed and remanded appellant's drug-delivery convictions based on alleged error in the jury selection process. The State contends that existing case law that Iowa should follow does not allow a presumption that an entire jury panel has become biased based on the comments of one prospective juror—in this case a pastor who explained his experience with drug dealers and criminal defendants.

Public reception

There will be a public reception in the Ames High School media center following the oral arguments.

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

Note to news media

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.

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are available on the Iowa Legislature website (PDF).

For More Information:

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

Iowa Supreme Court 
1111 East Court Avenue 
Des Moines, IA 50319 

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