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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Ames

February 18, 2016

Des Moines, February 18, 2016— On Wednesday, March 2, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Ames, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Ames High School Auditorium, 1921 Ames High Drive. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys 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.

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

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the Ames High School media center. The reception is sponsored by the Story County Bar Association.

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:

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

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

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