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Reporter covering state and federal courts, and whatever legal issues come my way. I also provide live coverage of criminal trials on Twitter @tmehaffey and welcome comments and questions from readers during the trials. Outside of work I love movies, tennis and my Kansas State Wildcats! Go Cats! Stay informed with the Public Safety newsletter.
Latest Articles by Trish Mehaffey
Crime and Courts Jul. 21, 2022 8:04 am132d ago
A former state trooper testified Wednesday that his use of force — drawing a gun and using a open palm strike — on a Davenport man in 2017 was reasonable because he had safety concerns after a high speed chase. A video of the stop showed to the jury showed the man was compliant after stopping, but the ex-trooper had a different perception of the incident.
Crime and Courts Jul. 19, 2022 6:51 pm134d ago
Testimony started Tuesday for a former Iowa State trooper who is accused of using unreasonable force on a motorcyclist during a 2017 traffic stop. Supervisors testified he didn’t follow policy about using force on a compliant motorist.
Crime and Courts Jul. 16, 2022 6:00 am138d ago
Two police officers who wrongly arrested a Coralville man for being an impaired driver without any evidence and locking him up in jail for nearly three months didn’t lose their jobs or face any consequences that were made public.
Crime and Courts Jul. 15, 2022 6:17 pm138d ago
The second teen accused in the killing of a Fairfield High Spanish teacher with a baseball bat is asking the court to move his trial out of Jefferson County. A judge previously moved the other teen’s trial to Council Bluffs.
Crime and Courts Jul. 14, 2022 4:39 pm139d ago
An Illinois man charged with sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, who lived in two different counties during the assaults, asked a judge to dismiss the charges because her parents gave consent and they are the ones who violated the law.
Crime and Courts Jul. 12, 2022 2:44 pm141d ago
The Black Hawk County Attorney’s Office is reviewing an investigation into the circumstances of how a pedestrian was injured as a truck drove forward as protesters crossed the street during a rally for abortion rights last month in Cedar Rapids. Linn County prosecutors didn’t review the case because at least one member of the office was at the scene and could possibly be a witness, Black Hawk County Attorney Brian Williams said.
Crime and Courts Jul. 11, 2022 6:43 pm142d ago
A Cedar Rapids man, who is white, is suing the city and mayor over an ordinance he says discriminates against whites because it requires five Citizens Review Board members to be people of color.
Crime and Courts Jul. 11, 2022 6:00 am143d ago
The settlement will be shared by the cities of Iowa City and Coralville. The man spent months in jail, which resulted in him losing his home and job, and delayed medical treatment for brain injury.
Crime and Courts Jul. 8, 2022 6:22 pm145d ago
U.S. marshals have arrested 13 of the “most wanted” sex offenders in Iowa. The marshals said all had failed to comply with Iowa Sex Offender Registry requirements. Seven have previous convictions of crimes against children under age 13, the marshals said. Marshals are offering cash rewards leading to the arrest of 49 more offenders out of compliance with the registry.
Crime and Courts Jul. 8, 2022 5:39 pm145d ago
Trial is reset for a 19-year-old Cedar Rapids accused of fatally shooting a 15-year-old girl a year ago. His trial will start Dec. 6 in Linn County District Court.
Crime and Courts Jul. 7, 2022 9:40 am146d ago
A former Linn County sheriff’s reserve deputy and TSA officer has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. A federal judge ruled Wednesday the Marion man must remain in jail pending trial, saying he posed a danger to the community and was a flight risk.
Crime and Courts Jul. 5, 2022 3:55 pm148d ago
A jury last week acquitted a former Cedar Rapids landlord who assaulted his tenant with a hammer. The landlord said the tenant, who had been given an eviction notice the day before attacked him and the landlord defended himself.