Gomers -- What's going wrong

The Gazette Opinion Staff
Published: February 11 2013 | 12:01 am - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 11:16 am in

HARASSMENT ACROSS THE SEA: So the University of Iowa has hired a law firm in Jordan to handle criminal charges filed against two administrators by a professor, Malik Juweid, who was fired by the UI in August for harassing behavior. Juweid, who returned to his native Jordan, claims the UI administrators made a threatening phone call to him last year. Charges on his behalf were filed in Jordan. They came after an arrest warrant for, you guessed it, harassment, was issued in Iowa for Juweid for an alleged threatening call to one of those administrators in December 2011. The UI’s attorneys in Jordan are trying to determine whether the Jordanian courts have jurisdiction in the case. Sheesh. We would hope not.

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LAB DELAYS: The growing demand for DNA testing continues to extend the backlog at the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation’s state crime lab. At the end of 2012, 362 cases had yet to be processed. Meanwhile, the lab has not replaced staff lost to budget cuts in 2008.

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FALLING BEHIND: Iowa’s landfills are recycling a declining percentage of the trash that they receive, IowaWatch reported. Inadequate funding for recycling programs and public participation is blamed.

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