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Iowa Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Cedar Falls and Waterloo Area Students

October 31, 2017

Des Moines, October 31, 2017—On Thursday, November 2, and Friday, November 3, justices of the Iowa Supreme Court will meet with students from five Cedar Falls and Waterloo area schools to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts in Iowa.

High School Visit Schedule

Thursday, November 2

12:30 p.m. Chief Justice Cady will visit Cedar Falls High School
1:45 p.m. Justice Mansfield will visit Waterloo East High School

Friday, November 3

8:30 a.m. Justice Waterman will visit Waterloo West High School
10:15 a.m. Justice Wiggins will visit Union High School
1:00 p.m. Justice Zager will visit Waterloo Columbus High School

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Cedar Falls on Thursday, November 2, at 7:00 p.m. in the Cedar Falls High School auditorium, 1015 South Division 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 Cedar Falls High School Student Council is sponsoring the reception.

Special Session

Thursday, November 2, 7:00 p.m.
Cedar Falls High School auditorium
1015 South Division Street
Cedar Falls, Iowa

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

State of Iowa v. Jason Gene Weitzel, case no. 16-1112, from Floyd County District Court, on further review from the Iowa Court of Appeals.

Case Summary: Defendant appealed the district court's judgment and sentence based on his guilty plea to charges of domestic abuse assault, possession of methamphetamine, carrying weapons, and operating while intoxicated.  The Iowa Court of Appeals vacated the convictions finding that the district court, pursuant to Iowa Rule of Criminal Procedure 2.8(2)(b), did not adequately advise defendant of 35% criminal surcharge penalties applicable to each offense.  The Iowa Supreme Court has granted the State's request for further review of the court of appeals decision.

Public Reception

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the Cedar Falls High School lobby. The Cedar Falls High School Student Council is sponsoring the reception.

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

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.

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

For More Information:

Contact: Steve Davis, Court Communications Director, (515)725-8058 or steve.davis@iowacourts.gov.

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