April 8, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Decorah, Iowa. The
proceeding will take place in the Decorah High School Auditorium, 100 Claiborne
Drive. The session, open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m.
court will hear attorneys argue in two cases:
of Iowa vs. Tyler James Webster, case no. 13-1095, from Jefferson County
Tyler Webster appealed his conviction of murder in the second degree on the
grounds of juror misconduct, including that the juror did not disclose a
familiarity with the victim's family. The Iowa Court of Appeals reversed
Webster's conviction and granted a new trial. The Iowa Supreme Court granted
the state's application for further review. The state argues that Webster
waived his claim of juror misconduct when he did not raise the issue during the
of Iowa vs. Patience Paye, case no. 14-0183, from Black Hawk County
Patience Paye appeals her conviction for second offense public intoxication,
arguing that the front steps of her home do not constitute a "public
place" for purposes of the public intoxication statute. Iowa Code section
123.46 (2013). The Iowa Supreme Court has previously held that the front steps
and common hallway of an apartment house do constitute public places, but it
has not extended that analysis to a single family home.
briefs for the cases and a guide to oral arguments are posted on the Iowa
Judicial Branch website here.
public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments
in the Decorah High School commons.