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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 10, 2004

Eighth Circuit To Hear Three Cases From Iowa Courts At UI

Three judges from the Eighth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear three cases involving Iowa parties and answer public questions about the court's procedures when it convenes at the University of Iowa College of Law.

The court will hear the three appeals starting at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, in the Levitt Auditorium/Courtroom in the Boyd Law Building. Following arguments, the judges will answer questions about the court's procedures and encourage law students to consider clerkships with the federal bench. The session is open to the public.

The cases being heard are:

--McGuire v. Louisville Ladder Co., a case from Plymouth County, Iowa, in which a Nebraska man is suing a ladder manufacturing company for injuries received in a fall that he claims was the result of a manufacturing defect in the ladder he used.

--Avalee Younts et. al. v. Fremont County, Iowa, in which a group of women county employees are suing for pay discrimination based on gender, claiming they received a lower salary and fewer benefits then men performing the same job. The federal district court threw out the suit, claiming it did not have jurisdiction. The plaintiffs are seeking to reinstate it.

--United States v. Anthony James Smith, in which a Mason City man is appealing his conviction of manufacturing methamphetamine and illegal possession of a firearm. The defendant claims the police discovered evidence against him as the result of an illegal search by climbing a ladder and looking through a transom to see the meth lab in his apartment. He believes the search was unconstitutional and is seeking to have the evidence thrown out.

The Eighth Circuit is headquartered in St. Louis and most frequently meets at the U.S. Federal Courthouses in St. Louis and St. Paul, Minn. As part of its outreach, however, the court does meet occasionally during the year in law schools around the circuit. Its most recent visit to the UI law school was in February 1996.

The three judges who will hold session at the UI are Judge William J. Riley, Omaha; Senior Judge David R. Hansen, Mt. Vernon; and Judge Michael J. Melloy, Cedar Rapids.

An informal reception with the judges, clerks and members of the bar association of the Eighth Circuit will follow the program in the Main Lobby area of the Boyd Law Building.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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