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Rox Laird

Rox Laird

Rox Laird has written about the courts, legal issues, and constitutional law for more than three decades. An editorial writer at The Des Moines Register and a reporter at the Des Moines Tribune, he specialized in writing about the First Amendment and public access to government information. He was recognized by the Iowa Supreme Court in 2015 for his “strong voice in support of justice.” He has been recognized by the Iowa Association for Justice and Iowa Legal Aid for his writing.

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Latest Articles by Rox Laird

Federal horse racing regulator evades constitutional power checks, owners argue in appeals court

Congress created a private authority with unchecked power to regulate horse racing, the owners say, noting that its member cannot be appointed nor removed by federal officials.

Iowa asks federal appeals court to lift injunction on LGBTQ books ban

Questions from the panel of judges suggested Iowa may prevail in its argument that the statute is not unconstitutional on its face.

Federal judge urged to block enforcement of Iowa immigration law

U.S. Department of Justice lawyers argue the federal government, not the states, is exclusively empowered to set immigration policy.