A bill which would make it easier to prosecute those who use the “date-rape”drug has cleared the Iowa House. Last year, lawmakers changed the law tomake it illegal to slip a date a “roofie” — a drug which has a knock-outpunch. This year’s bill deals with instances in which someone presents thedrug to their date, but may not reveal its power to render them unconscious.Representative Galen Davis, a republican from Ottuwma, is a policeman.Davis says a few “date rape” cases have run into roadblocks — such as a casein which the victim was mislead on the affect of the drug.Davis says it should be classified as rape anytime the victim is unconsciousduring sex, regardless of the circumstances.
The Iowa Supreme Court has suspended the license of aCreston lawyer for taking pictures of a nearly nude client. Attorney JamesSteffes got into trouble while representing a woman caught using marijuanato relieve pain from a back problem. Steffes took pictures of the37-year-old woman with her bra unhooked and her underwear at her knees. He argues the pictures documented her back problem. The court usedphrases like “disturbing” and “bold exploitation” in ruling the photos weresexual harassment for Steffes own gratification.