Trish Mehaffey

Courts reporter/multimedia journalist. I live blog court trials, cover state and federal courts and write about legal issues.



Judge allows Cedar Rapids attempted murder suspect’s parents to hear depositions

CEDAR RAPIDS - A judge ruled this week to allow parents of a 16-year-old boy, who is charged with attempted murder, to listen electronically to depositions, but they cannot be in the same room with witnesses during those proceedings.

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Cedar Rapids man to serve 17 years in federal prison for child porn

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids man who distributed child pornography has been sentenced in federal court to 17 years in prison.

Scott Ristine, 40, pleaded guilty in July to one count of distribution of child pornography. During the plea hearing, Ri ... »

Judge resets trial in Iowa City Ped Mall shooting to Jan. 22

IOWA CITY - A judge on Wednesday reset the start date for Lamar Wilson's first-degree murder trial to Jan. 22 after Wilson waived his right to a speedy trial.

Wilson, 21, claims he should have #x201c;stand your ground#x201d; immunity in the Aug. 2 ... »

Judge sentences felon to 8 years in federal prison for gun charge

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Cedar Rapids man, who fired shots in a neighborhood after assaulting a woman, was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to eight years in prison.

James Q. Mitchell, 37, previously pleaded guilty to possession of ammunition as a felon ... »

Judge sentences Clive medical equipment store owner to 3 years in prison for fraud

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Clive medical equipment store owner, convicted of submitting false documents to the U.S. Attorney's Office during an investigation, was sentenced last week in federal court to over three years in prison.

James O'Connor, 64, of Wes ... »

Retrial of Tait Purk, accused of killing Cora Okonski in 2000, underway

TOLEDO - Cora Okonski feared her fiancee Tait Purk was going to kill her on Palm Sunday, April 16, 2000, a witness testified Monday in the retrial of Purk for first-degree murder.

Ricky Jo Sanchez, a friend and co-worker of Okonski who lived acro ... »

Authorities: Former University of Iowa student used instructor passwords to access and change grades

DAVENPORT - A 19-year-old former University of Iowa student was charged Thursday in federal court with using instructors' passwords to access and change grades and get copies of exams for himself and others.

Trevor Graves, of Iowa City, appeared i ... »

Murder trial for Lamar Wilson, charged in Ped Mall shooting, to go forward this month

IOWA CITY - A judge ruled today the trial of Lamar Wilson, accused of fatally shooting a man at the Ped Mall in Iowa City, will go forward later this month and he will reserve ruling on whether Wilson is immune from prosecution until a jury reaches a ve ... »

Teen charged with attempted murder in Cedar Rapids asks judge to allow his parents at depositions

CEDAR RAPIDS - A lawyer for a 16-year-old boy, charged with attempted murder, asked a judge Friday to allow his parents to be present during depositions.

Tom Viner, lawyer for Malachi Handley, who will turn 17 next week, argued that a juvenile has ... »

Forest City man convicted in federal court for counterfeiting $20 bills

CEDAR RAPIDS - A Forest City man who manufactured counterfeit money was convicted Thursday in federal court.

Victor Ineson Jr., 42, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of manufacturing counterfeit currency.#xa0;During the plea heari ... »