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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

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Dubuque attorney handed two-year suspension for conduct violations

Medical injury contributed to "incompetent representation"
By Lynda Waddington | 05.16.11 | 12:04 pm

The Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board has found an eastern Iowa attorney guilty of committing multiple ethical infractions and has suspended his law license for a period of two years, with no possibility for reinstatement during the period of suspension.

Justices on the state’s high court were required to review the report of the grievance commission de novo (or from the beginning) because neither party involved in the case appealed the original decision.

John Edward Netti, Jr., originally from Kentucky, received a license to practice law in Iowa in 2001, although the license was not initially used and remained inactive until 2006. Two years later, in October 2008, an order was issued to suspend the license for failure to pay annual fees and/or file reports, and the license has remained under suspension.

Complaints were issued against Netti by four separate clients, and most of the complaints centered around monies collected by Netti for legal services. In one case, for instance, Netti took advance payment from a client, but either could not or did not provide state grievance officials a proper accounting of those funds. In another, Netti collected his fee from a settlement prior to filing an affidavit with the state and before the probate court had issued an order allowing compensation collection.

Before the license can be reinstated, Netti must return fees to a client, satisfy the judgment in another case and prove his “fitness to practice law.” According to the court documents, Netti has short-term memory loss due to treatments he had undergone for a brain tumor. Had it not been for the mitigating medical circumstance, it is possible that Netti’s license could have been fully revoked.

“Netti’s handling of his client’s property is a textbook example of how not to operate a law office,” read the decision issued Friday.

Netti specialized in criminal law, personal injury and domestic law, and had an office in Dubuque.

The full review is embedded below:

Iowa Supreme Court Attorney Disciplinary Board vs. John Edward Netti, Jr.

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