Olivia Guns

A collection of work for Journalism and Law


Graded Assignments

Voting Rights Act Struck Down in Historic 5-4 Vote

  A crucial section of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the United States Supreme Court on June 25th, 2013. The section, known as the preclearance clause, stated that former confederate states were required to get... Continue Reading →


Polk County Prosecutor Profile – Meggan Guns

Meggan Guns is currently working as a Prosecutor for the state of Iowa in Polk county, specifically in the drug and gang crime bureau. She has had a diverse career working in both the private and public sectors. But no... Continue Reading →

Flag Burning Protected by the First Amendment, Says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States decided on June 21st, 1989 that Alex Johnson was protected by the first amendment when he decided to burn a flag in protest of the policies of then-president Reagan during the Republican National... Continue Reading →

Is The Judicial System Really Accessible to the Public?

  For this assignment, I was supposed to drive down to the Black Hawk county courthouse, observe and take notes on a hearing or some other form of court proceedings, and then turn my experience into a story. That didn’t... Continue Reading →

Iowa Supreme Court Affirms District Court Ruling in Mark Becker Appeal

  On July 20th, 2012, the Iowa Supreme Court affirmed a ruling by the Iowa District Court in the case of The State of Iowa vs. Mark Becker. Becker was convicted of the 2009 murder of Parkersburg high school football... Continue Reading →

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