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Jon Scoles

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Jon Scoles
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa
Title:   Magistrate Judge
Station:   Cedar Rapids, IA
Active:   03/20/2007 - Present
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Charles City, IA
Undergraduate:   University of Northern Iowa, 1973
Law School:   University of Iowa, 1979

Jon Stuart Scoles is a federal magistrate judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa. He was appointed to this position on March 20, 2007.[1]

Early life and education

Scoles was born in 1951 in Charles City, Iowa. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Iowa in 1973, and later earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1979.[1]

Professional career

Prior to beginning his legal career, Scoles worked as a math teacher and coach. After he graduated from law school, Scoles served as a law clerk for judges of the 2A Judicial District of Iowa. At the conclusion of his clerkship, Scoles transitioned to private practice at the law firm of DeVries, Scoles, and Price, where he worked until October 1986. At that time, Scoles was appointed as a judge of the Iowa District Two trial court. Scoles became an assistant chief judge in 1992, and then served as chief judge from February 2005 until the time of his ascension to the federal bench in March 2007.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Iowa

Scoles was selected to serve as a federal magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa by Judges Mark Bennett and Linda Reade.[2] He was officially appointed to the position on March 20, 2007.[3][4]

Notable cases

Judge finds probable cause exists in Meskwaki machete murders (2014)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Iowa (U.S. v. Lasley)

On March 13, 2014, Judge Scoles found that there was probable cause to proceed in the murder trial of Gordon Lasley, Jr., a Meskwaki tribe member who was accused of killing his parents with a machete. Evidence was given at the probable cause hearing by FBI Special Agent Scott Irwin, who testified that Lasley was detained with blood on his hands. An assistant county attorney noted during the hearing that Lasley, who had been in trouble with the previously, had failed to appear for court dates in the past and been found in contempt of court on other criminal charges.[5]

Judge Scoles further ruled that Lasley was to remain in custody pending trial due to the violent nature of the crime of which he was accused:[5]

Here there is strong evidence the defendant hacked his parents to death. That's obviously an indication of the seriousness and the danger to the community.[6]

See also

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