Des Moines Public Schools and North High School are looking forward to welcoming the Iowa Supreme Court. Iowa’s high court will hear arguments at North on the evening of Tuesday, September 17, which is also Constitution Day. Earlier in the day, Chief Justice Mark Cady will meet with students at North to talk about Iowa’s judicial system and answer their questions. Below is a press release from the Iowa Judicial Branch with more information on the case the Court will be hearing at North.


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The Iowa Supreme Court will hear arguments at North High School on Constitution Day – Tuesday, September 17.

On Constitution Day, Tuesday, September 17, the Iowa Supreme Court will hear oral arguments at the Des Moines North High School auditorium, 501 Holcomb Avenue. The oral arguments are open to the public and will begin at 7 p.m. A public reception with the supreme court justices will follow the oral arguments in the auditorium lobby.

The court will hear attorneys argue the case of State of Iowa v. Kari Lee Fogg, from Boone County.

Case summary: Kari Fogg seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed her conviction for operating while intoxicated, finding Fogg was not subjected to a seizure by the police. Fogg claims she was seized for federal and state constitutional purposes when a police officer parked in front of her car, blocking her in an alley.

Iowa Court of Appeals opinion summary: Kari Fogg appeals her conviction of operating while intoxicated (OWI), first offense.  She contends the district court erred in denying her motion to suppress evidence on the basis of an allegedly unreasonable seizure.  She also argues her counsel rendered ineffective assistance in failing to object to alleged prosecutorial error in the State’s closing argument.  OPINION HOLDS: Having found the district court correctly denied Fogg’s motion to suppress and counsel was not ineffective as alleged, we affirm Fogg’s conviction of OWI, first offense.

More information about the case, including the Iowa Court of Appeals opinion and attorney briefs, is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

Note to members of the media: News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules requiring advanced approval apply regarding still cameras, video cameras, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at

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