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Iowa Supreme Court Justices to Meet with Harlan Area Students

October 29, 2015

Des Moines, October 29, 2015— On Thursday, November 5, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will meet with students from six Harlan-area high schools to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts. The justices will visit high school students in Harlan, Avoca, Elk Horn, Audubon, and Denison.

High school visit schedule for Thursday, November 5, 2015

9:00 a.m. Justice Mansfield at Harlan High School

9:18 a.m. Justice Waterman at A-H-S-T High School (Avoca-Hancock-Shelby-Tennant)

9:30 a.m. Justice Wiggins at West Central Valley High School

9:40 a.m. Chief Justice Cady at Audubon High School

9:45 a.m. Justice Hecht at Denison High School

9:35 a.m. Justice Zager at Exira-EHK High School (Elk Horn-Kimballton)

In addition to the school visits, the supreme court will hold a special session in Harlan on Wednesday evening, November 4, at 7:00 p.m., in the Harlan High School auditorium, 2102 Durant Street, Harlan. 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 Harlan High School cafeteria will follow the oral arguments.

Special session

Wednesday, November 4, 2015, at 7:00 p.m.

Harlan High School Center for Performance

2102 Durant Street.

Harlan, Iowa

The Iowa Supreme Court will hear lawyers argue in one case

State of Iowa v. Taquala Monique Howse, case no. 13-1997, from Black Hawk County District Court

The State seeks further review after the Iowa Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of Taquala Howse for carrying a weapon. An issue before the Iowa Supreme Court is whether a stun gun is a dangerous weapon per se under Iowa Code section 702.7, which the Iowa Legislature amended in 2008 to expand the definition of dangerous weapon to include "any portable device or weapon directing an electric current, impulse, wave, or beam that produces a high-voltage pulse designed to immobilize a person."

Public reception

There will be a public reception in the Harlan High School cafeteria following the oral arguments.

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

Note to news media

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

Chapter 25 of the Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms is 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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