Ames High School will host the Iowa Supreme Court, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, March 2. The Court will present oral arguments on a criminal case in a session open to the public that will take place in the Ames High School Auditorium, 1921 Ames High Dr.
The evening session is part of an outreach effort to give the “public a first-hand look into how the legal system works at the state level,” Iowa Supreme Court Communications Director Steve Davis told The Ames Tribune.
“Right now, the Supreme Court traditionally hears oral arguments during the day at 9 in the morning and 1 in the afternoon, which is really not that convenient for people that might be curious, but are working or have other responsibilities,” Davis said in an article published by The Ames Tribune.
The oral arguments pertain to case no. 14-1112, State of Iowa v. Kenneth Osborne Ary, 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.
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.
Justice Ed Mansfield will return to Ames High School to present to combined Ames High School Government classes in the Auditorium, Thursday, March 3, during second and third periods.
Attorneys’ briefs for the cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa Judicial Branch website.