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Mike Jones

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Comment 08 May 2017

Harreld gave Barta an extension in the midst of all this, so I assume he doesn't care too much about puny state courts doing puny state court things. Maybe he'll care more about what the Department of Justice and the Southern District of Iowa have to say.

Comment 03 May 2017

I assume they meant a sealed verdict. A sealed verdict is when the jury basically writes their verdict on a piece of paper, they're dismissed and the verdict is entered by order of the court. So, everything sort of happens behind the scenes.

This is opposed to a verdict in open court, where the jury comes in, the verdict envelope is handed to the judge and he reads the verdict out loud with the jury and everyone present. The jurors can then be questioned or "polled" individually about whether or not that was their verdict.

By default, a verdict is entered in open court. The parties have to agree to a sealed verdict.

Comment 02 May 2017

Chazz, sorry if I missed this in previous comment sections.

Ronnie's Bookie is correct. Unanimous jury (8 jurors) in first 6 hours, 7-1 after. If they can't get to 7 for either side, it will be a hung jury.

Ronnie also correctly described the burden of proof. Unlike a criminal case, this is a civil case so it only requires that Meyer meet their standard by a preponderance of the evidence. As in, it is "more likely than not" that Barta/Iowa/BOR discriminated against her.

I'll break this down tomorrow or Thursday in greater depth, and also add some briefs that each side filed for their closings. 

Comment 19 Apr 2017

Yeah man I wasn't bullshitting you. I thought of embedding the answer but it was so lacking in substance I just summarized it and linked to it. Wasn't attempting to downplay the defense in any way. There wasn't a lot included from Iowa/BOR/State's position because their filings honestly lacked substance and their position seems to be a blanket denial and that she was removed from the AD for insubordination. The only commentary I really wanted to offer was, in my opinion, the suspicious and untimely promotion of Burke.