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Iowa Supreme Court To Hold Special Session In Sioux City, Will Try Sioux County OWI Case

Iowa Supreme CourtDes Moines, Iowa — The Iowa Supreme Court is slated to hold a special session in Sioux City on Tuesday evening. And one of the cases they will handle is a Sioux County case.

During the special session, the court will hear oral arguments in two cases at Morningside College Eppley Auditorium. The session begins at 7 PM.

In the Sioux County case, State versus Kooima, the high court will consider whether an anonymous citizen’s tip called into the 911 dispatcher was sufficient for a Rock Valley Police officer’s investigatory stop of the vehicle that Leon Kooima of Rock Valley was driving. The stop resulted in a second offense OWI conviction. According to court records, the tip was called in by someone at the Doon Steakhouse, who saw Kooima and his passengers getting in a vehicle. The caller stated that the men were drunk and probably were headed for Rock Valley. Kooima argues the court should have allowed him to present evidence on the unreliability of the anonymous tip.

The lawyer for the State of Iowa is Darrel L. Mullins, Assistant Attorney General. The lawyer for Kooima is Randy L. Waagmeester of Rock Rapids.

In the other case the Iowa Supreme Court will settle the law on issues arising from the transfer of real property subject to a spendthrift trust, and concerns the Estate of Lois L. Hord.

As always, oral arguments are open to the public. A public reception with the justices, sponsored by the Woodbury County Bar Association, will follow the oral arguments in Levitt Gallery, connected to Eppley Auditorium.

The following day, members of the Iowa Supreme Court will visit five Sioux City area high schools and a college to talk with students about the role of the courts.

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