Iowa Supreme Court Justices to hear oral arguments, meet area students in Decorah next week
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Members of the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two cases next Wednesday evening, April 8, in Decorah, Iowa. While in the Decorah area, the justices will meet with students from seven high schools and two colleges to discuss the Iowa judicial system and the role of the courts.

The supreme court will hold oral arguments at 7 p.m. in the Decorah High School Auditorium, 100 Claiborne Drive, Decorah. Lawyers will argue two cases:

State of Iowa vs. Tyler James Webster, case no. 13-1095, from Jefferson County
Defendant 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 trial.

State of Iowa vs. Patience Paye, case no. 14-0183, from Black Hawk County
Defendant 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.

The justices will visit high school students from Decorah, Waukon, Oelwein, New Hampton, Waverly, Calmar, and Cresco, and meet with college students from Luther College and Northeast Iowa Community College April 8-9.

To read more about the visit including time schedules at the schools and attorney briefs for the two cases, view the Iowa court’s press release on