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Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Cedar Falls

October 19, 2017

Iowa Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Cedar Falls

Des Moines, October 19, 2017— On Thursday, November 2, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Cedar Falls, Iowa. The proceeding will take place in the Cedar Falls High School auditorium, 1015 Division Street. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m.

The court will hear attorneys argue in the following 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

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.

Attorneys' briefs for the case, the court of appeals decision, and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at:

A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments.

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 at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at

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Contact:  Steve Davis, Court 

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