Tag: Iowa Supreme Court Decisions

Iowa Supreme Court Reinstates Drug Possession Conviction

On December 3, 2021 the Iowa Supreme Court reinstated a drug possession conviction in State v. Jones. The ruling provides a good reminder to the drug defense bar regarding the differences between actual and constructive possession. The drugs in this case were located in a small drawstring bag on the ground near Jones’ front bumper.  The Iowa Court of Appeals determined this was a constructive possession case because the bag was not found on Jones. That is an incomplete statement of the law. A person can be in actual possession when substantial evidence supports a finding the contraband was on […]

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Charges Dismissed Following Trash Rip Suppression

Maybe the timing is coincidental, but GRL Law secured a dismissal of all charges in State v. Wright on the same day the Iowa Supreme Court reaffirmed the constitutional underpinning of trash rips in State v. Kuuttila. One might think that this line of cases would be the last word on the issue.  But if you read the dissent, then you’ll see that the minority clearly wants to overrule a precedent that is barely four months old.   In fact, they go as far as to encourage city councils and even the Iowa General Assembly to revive the now illegal police […]

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