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"A woman’s conviction on driving while barred and prostitution charges in Story County has been overturned by the Iowa Supreme Court, which ruled Friday that prosecutors failed to take the case to trial within 90 days of filing formal charges, and did not provide evidence to show “good cause” for the delay.", amestrib.com
"The Supreme Court, in a 4-3 decision, ruled that Iowa's public-duty doctrine protects government agencies and officers from damage lawsuits when acting in a capacity that benefits the general public. [...] courts in some states have rejected it in recent years, arguing against providing a higher level of protection against lawsuits for government agencies than is afforded individuals. The Supreme Court opinion written by Justice Thomas Waterman explained that the Iowa Department of Natural Resources had regulatory oversight duties for dredging for the benefit of the public at large. To the extent its duties included ensuring boaters' safety, the DNR's role was similar to that of a police officer or park ranger, Waterman said. In September 2012 she received a $1.2 million settlement in a federal court case naming Foote, the dredge operator, the city of Storm Lake, Buena Vista County and Brunswick Corp., the boat manufacturer.", www.chron.com
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