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Lawsuit

A former inmate in the Lee County Jail has filed a federal lawsuit, claiming his civil rights were violated during a portion of his roughly ten-month incarceration.

A Lee County man is accusing the state of Iowa of firing him from his job in the Department of Corrections for being a whistleblower.

On Monday, an organization called Illinois Voices sued the Illinois State Police and attorney general’s office. It’s targeting what it says are unconstitutionally vague and burdensome restrictions on people who have to register under the state’s sex offender laws.

The case is Does 1-4 v. Madigan, No. 16 CV 4847 (N.D. Ill.). Download the complaint here (PDF).

A former member of the Lee County Board of Supervisors -- who was accused of participating in illegal secret meetings when he served on the board -- wants the county to recoup the money spent in his defense following the dismissal of a lawsuit against him. Ernie Schiller said the actions of the people who filed the lawsuit will end up costing taxpayers money at a time when the county budget is tight.

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Several members of the Lee County Board of Supervisors are no longer being sued  for allegedly violating Iowa's Open Meetings Act.

An action some might see as a childish prank has resulted in legal action in Des Moines County.

Iowa Supreme Court Could Reconsider Case

Jul 11, 2014

A former student in the New London school district says she won’t give up her court fight against the southeast Iowa district.

Former Lee County Employee Trial Delayed

Jan 7, 2013

A former Lee County employee will have to wait a little longer to have his day in court.

Lawsuit Against Township Tossed Out

Jul 18, 2012

A judge has tossed out a lawsuit filed by South Morgan Acres, a proposed large-scale hog operation, against Blandinsville Township.

Last month, the township set a weight limit of 20 tons on the road leading to the site in northeast McDonough County. The limit prevents large trucks from getting to the site.

The lawsuit alleges the operation has suffered a financial loss of at least $230,000 since that time.

Beverly Braniff lives near the site of the hog farm. She does not think the lawsuit was filed over the money lost.

District Court Judge John Wright has ruled that Lexington Square will be able to intervene in a lawsuit involving the Keokuk Board of Adjustment.

The Board of Adjustment is being sued by 17 individual neighbors of the nursing home over the panel’s decision to allow Lexington Square to expand its facility.

Lexington Square wanted to enter the lawsuit because of the impact the final ruling would have on its operations.  The nursing home is looking to add more private rooms without increasing its bed count.

Former Fort Madison Police Officer William Bowker will not be returning to the department.  He was fired by City Manager Byron Smith on Feb. 25, 2010.

Smith cited various acts of misconduct.  They include falling asleep and/or missing phone calls while serving on the Southeast Iowa Narcotics Task Force and having an affair with the wife of Police Chief Bruce Niggemeyer.

Bowker appealed the ruling to the Fort Madison Civil Service Commission.  That panel sided with the city in mid-2010, prompting Bowker to sue the city and the commission in district court.