OSKALOOSA — A unique opportunity came to Oskaloosa last week when the Iowa Supreme Court heard attorneys argue State of Iowa v. Khalen Richard Price-Williams from Polk County District Court in the George Daily Auditorium.
The case involved the search of a back-seat passenger in a rideshare after the driver was stopped for a traffic violation. Officers recognized the passenger from previous stops and performed a search during which a firearm was located.
Williams was then arrested on a class “D” felony charge of a felon in possession of a firearm.
Listeners were able to view the justice system first person as attorneys for Williams and the State of Iowa took the stand to argue their case in 15 minutes while the judges asked questions.
The Justices visited area schools on Sept. 23 and 24 to speak with local students.
Justice Dana Oxley met with Dr. Noel Stahle’s Commercial Law class to share her legal journey and answer any questions from students, some aspiring to one day hold a position like hers.
Oxley was appointed to the Supreme Court in January 2020 and teaches as an adjunct professor at the University of Iowa College of Law.
An appellate court, the Iowa Supreme Court hears cases that were transferred from lower courts after the defendant appeals. The Iowa Court of Appeals hears cases that the Supreme Court transfers.
All oral arguments heard by the Iowa Supreme Court are open to the public. Its regular sessions take place in Des Moines and the schedule can be found at iowacourts.gov/iowa-courts/supreme-court/supreme-court-oral-argument-schedule/.