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NEW LEGISLATION MAKES CITIES LIABLE FOR COURT-APPOINTED COUNSEL ON CITY MISDEMEANORS

Prior to 2015, indigent defendants were not entitled to court-appointed counsel for simple misdemeanors unless the government was seeking actual imprisonment. A defendant did not qualify for court-appointed counsel even if the possible sanction included j…
Prior to 2015, indigent defendants were not entitled to court-appointed counsel for simple misdemeanors unless the government was seeking actual imprisonment. A defendant did not … http://www.lynchdallas.com/news-announcements/blog/2017/11/new-legislation-makes-cities-liable-court-appointed-counsel-city-misdemeanors/

New Iowa Law Provides Cities with Sledding Liability Protection

New and amended Iowa statutes went into effect on July 1, 2015. Included in that legislation is an amendment to Iowa Code section 670.4 that insulates municipalities from liability due to injuries from sledding accidents. Iowa Code section 670.4 previou…
New and amended Iowa statutes went into effect on July 1, 2015. Included in that legislation is an amendment to Iowa Code section 670.4 that insulates municipalities from liabilit… http://www.lynchdallas.com/news-announcements/blog/2015/07/new-iowa-law-provides-cities-sledding-liability-protection/

WHEN AND WHEN NOT TO GRANT A ZONING VARIANCE

Variances from a City’s generally applicable zoning regulations are within the exclusive statutory authority of a City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (“ZBA”). A variance is appropriate when it will help avoid an undue or unnecessary hardship. But how is a Z…
Variances from a City’s generally applicable zoning regulations are within the exclusive statutory authority of a City’s Zoning Boards of Appeals (“ZBA”). A variance is appropriat… http://www.lynchdallas.com/news-announcements/blog/2015/06/when-and-when-not-grant-zoning-variance/