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  • Troubled former Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty on Tuesday to disorderly conduct, sidestepping a scheduled domestic abuse trial. Sorenson, a conservative Republican who resigned amid a public corruption investigation, was arrested in July after reportedly becoming aggressive with law enforcement officers who arrived at his rural Warren County home to intervene in an… Read more »

  • A first-degree murder trial for a Clive man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 20-month-old child abruptly ended on Wednesday when a judge declared a mistrial. Joe Anthony Lopez, 26, will face a new trial on May 2 for the Dec. 3, 2014, death of Ruby Alvarez, who prosecutors claim was fatally injured by Lopez when… Read more »

  • DES MOINES, Iowa — The trial for a man accused of killing his girlfriend’s toddler ended in a mistrial Wednesday. The mistrial was declared by the judge due to comments made by the child’s mother, Nissa Alvarez, during testimony Wednesday morning. Joe Lopez, 26, is accused of killing 20-month-old Ruby Alvarez. Alvarez was asked about… Read more »

  • Kevin And Stacey, You May Remember Sorenson Had To Step Down From The Iowa Senate 2 Years Ago After Breaking Federal Campaign Laws. I’ve Learned He Was Arrested Again Friday Night. Friday Night, Warren County Sheriff’s Office Received A Call From A Passerby. She Picked Up A Female Suspect Who Was Crying. Cynthia: Warren County… Read more »

  • Kent Sorenson, the former Iowa state senator who pleaded guilty last summer to criminal charges connected to his role in two presidential campaigns, violated his probation last month by failing a drug test. The failed drug test was reported Friday in federal court filings. Sorenson, a Republican from Milo, took the test on Sept. 30… Read more »

  • The federal probe that resulted in a guilty plea this week by a former Iowa state senator who was secretly paid to endorse two Republican presidential candidates in the 2012 campaign is ongoing — and could implicate the political operatives who were involved in routing payments to him, according to people familiar with the case…. Read more »

  • DES MOINES, Iowa — A former Iowa state senator has pleaded guilty in federal court to crimes related to accepting payment from a presidential campaign during Iowa’s 2012 presidential caucus campaign. Kent Sorenson of Milo concealed payments he received from then-Rep. Ron Paul’s presidential campaign and then obstructed the investigation into the incident, the U.S…. Read more »

  • Sholom Rubashkin, a prominent ultra-Orthodox Jewish businessman, has been aquitted of knowingly employing minors in his family’s now-defunct Agriprocessors kosher meat plant in Postville, Iowa. These were state misdemeanor charges, dwarfed by the possibility of a 25-year prison term for Rubashkin’s federal fraud conviction; that sentencing is scheduled for June 22. Nevertheless, this has significantly… Read more »

  • WATERLOO — Although Sholom Rubashkin is facing up to 25 years in federal prison for a fraud conviction, the recently concluded state trial over misdemeanor child labor charges was an important fight, according to people from both sides of the battle. “This kind of talks to what type of person you are, in the sense… Read more »

  • Former Agriprocessors executive Sholom Rubashkin has been acquitted of charges that he allowed minors to work at his kosher meatpacking plant, the first legal victory he’s scored in a long time. After a five-week trial in an Iowa state court and 12 hours of deliberations, a seven-person jury on Monday cleared Rubashkin of the 67… Read more »

  • (JTA) — Kosher meatpacking executive Sholom Rubashkin was acquitted in an Iowa state court of child labor violations. Rubashkin was found not guilty on all 67 counts of child labor violations, relating to 26 teenagers from South America who worked at the Agriprocessors kosher meatpacking plant in Postville, Iowa. Several then-underage workers at the Agriprocessors… Read more »

  • WATERLOO — Jurors in Sholom Rubashkin’s child labor trial are expected to begin deliberations Friday morning. In an unusual move, Judge Nathan Callahan decided to allow one alternate to accompany the panel into deliberations because of the possibility of illness. Both the prosecution and the defense agreed to the arrangement after a juror’s apparent sickness… Read more »

  • WATERLOO, Iowa—The former manager of a kosher Iowa slaughterhouse did not want underage workers at the plant, defense attorneys told jurors during closing arguments Thursday. Jury deliberations were expected to begin Friday morning in the child labor trial of Sholom Rubashkin, the former manager of the Agriprocessors Inc. kosher slaughterhouse in Postville. He faces 67… Read more »

  • 4:15 p.m., Waterloo, Ia. — The jury is dismissed for the day. The attorneys are now hashing out some issues related to evidence presented today. Aaron Goldsmith said he made an unannounced visit with a university professor to Agriprocessors in 2007 and found it to be a clean, well-run plant. He later brought many groups… Read more »

  • Excerpts from the Des Moines Register: After court adjourned for the day yesterday in the Rubashkin labor trial and the jury left the courtroom, defense attorney F. Montgomery Brown asked the prosecuti to turn over all evidence – if it hasn’t already – related to interviews of witnesses by government agents after the immigration raid…. Read more »

  • The eastern Iowa meat plant at the center of a massive fraud and immigration case failed several times to comply with the terms of a loan that kept the business afloat, a bank official said Tuesday. Phil Lykens, a senior credit officer at First Bank Business Capital, acknowledged that the St. Louis bank continued to… Read more »