ScoffLaw Scott?

     As a citizen of House District 26, I always try to learn all that I can about candidates that are asking us to hire them to represent our best interests in the Iowa State House in Des Moines.  In doing just that, I discovered that candidate Scott Ourth has quite a long criminal record that should be of deep concern of every voter in the district.  Here are some of the disturbing facts that I found in the public record:
 Charges, Dispositions, Sentences
Title: STATE V OURTH, SCOTT D STG21
Case: 08901 OWIN011525 (WAPELLO)
Citation Number:
Defendant:      OURTH, SCOTT D
Count 01        Charge
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Offense Date:  05/11/2000      Arrest Date:            Against Type:
                 DPS Number:
        0400960-01
        Adjudication
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Adj.:
        DNU-GUILTY      Adj.Date:       10/26/2000
                Adj.Judge:
        DAILY, KIRK A
                Comments:
        Sentence
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        07/30/2001      Sentence:       TIME SERVED
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
        J       Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   N       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
                Duration:           7 Day(s)
                Comment:

        Sentence
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        10/26/2000      Sentence:       PROBATION
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
                Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   N       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
                Duration:       2 Year(s)
                Comment:
        2 YEARS PROBAITON TO COURT
        Sentence
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        10/26/2000      Sentence:       FINE
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
                Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   Y       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
        1500    Duration:
                Comment:

        Sentence
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        10/26/2000      Sentence:       SUSPENDED PRISON
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
        P       Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   N       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
                Duration:       1 Year(s) 11 Month(s) 23 Day(s)
                Comment:

        Sentence
                 Charge:
        321J.2(B)       Description:    OPER VEH WH INT (OWI) / 2ND OFF (AGMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        10/26/2000      Sentence:       PRISON
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
        P       Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   N       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
                Duration:       2 Year(s)
                Comment:

Count 02        Charge
                 Charge:
        665.4(2)        Description:    DNU - CONTEMPT DISTRICT COURT - 1978 (SRMS)
                 Offense Date:  05/10/2001      Arrest Date:            Against Type:
                 DPS Number:
        0400960-02
        Adjudication
                 Charge:
        665.4(2)        Description:    DNU - CONTEMPT DISTRICT COURT - 1978 (SRMS)
                 Adj.:
        DNU-DISMISSED   Adj.Date:       05/15/2001
                Adj.Judge:
        DAILY, KIRK A
                Comments:
        Sentence
                 Charge:
        665.4(2)        Description:    DNU - CONTEMPT DISTRICT COURT - 1978 (SRMS)
                 Sentence Date:
        05/15/2001      Sentence:       DISMISSED
                 Appeal:
                Sen.Judge:      DAILY, KIRK A
                 Facility Type:
                Attorney:       N
                 Restitution:
        N       Drug:   N       Extradition:    N
                 Lic.Revoked:
        N       DDS:    N       Batterer:       N
                 Fine Amount:
                Duration:
                Comment:
Filings
Title: STATE V OURTH, SCOTT D STG21
Case: 08901 OWIN011525 (WAPELLO)
Citation Number:
Event   Filed By        Filed   Create Date     Last Updated    Action Date
OTHER EVENT     WAPELLO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPART MENT     07/30/2001      07/30/2001      07/30/2001
     Comments: CONFIRMATION OF TIME SERVED IN JAIL
                        DEFT SERVED 7 DAYS JAIL
COURT ORDERED PAYMENT PLAN              05/16/2001      05/16/2001      05/16/2001
DNU - DISMISSED PER COURT DISMISSAL-OTHER THAN SMALL CLAIMS     DAILY KIRK A    05/15/2001      05/16/2001      05/16/2001
     Comments: ORDER
                        DEFT PROVIDED THE COURT WITH DOCUMENTATION
                        THAT HE HAS COMPLETED THE DDS-HRG ON
                        5/31/2001 IS NO LONGER NECESSARY-REVIEW FILE
                        ON 8/30/2001 AT 10:00 A.M.-IF DEFT HAS
                        SATISFIED HIS FINANCIAL, HE NEED NOT APPEAR
OTHER EVENT             05/15/2001      05/16/2001      05/16/2001
     Comments: DMACC REPORT
APPLICATION/INITIATE CONTEMPT - CRIM    DAILY KIRK A    05/10/2001      05/11/2001      05/11/2001
     Comments: RULE TO SHOW CAUSE
                        DEFT HAS NOT SATISFIED FINANCIAL OBLIGATIONS
                        IN THIS CASE (HAS UNTIL 08/30/01), AND HAS NOT
                        COMPLETED DRINKING DRIVERS COURSE - HEARING
                        SET FOR 05/31/01 AT 10:00 TO SHOW CAUSE
COURT ORDERED PAYMENT PLAN              12/20/2000      12/20/2000      12/20/2000
OTHER ORDER     DAILY KIRK A    10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: ORDER FOR COMPLIANCE AND COURT APPEARANCE
                        ALL FINANCIAL OBLIGAIIONS SHALL BE PAID IN
                        FULL BY 8/30/2001-AFTER 8/30/2001 ANY
                        BALANCE WILL BE TURNED OVER TO CCU
DNU - ORDER OF JUDGEMENT        DAILY KIRK A    10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: OWI SECOND OFFENSE
                        2 YEARS PRISON, ALL BUT 7 DAYS SUSPENDED,
                        WORK RELEASE GRANTED OR MAY SERVE ON WEEKENDS
                        DEFT MAY SATISFY 4 DAYS OF MITTIMUS BY
                        COMPLETING 4 DAYS OF POLK CO. OFFENDER
                        PROGRAM-1500.00 FINE + 450.00 SC + 30.00 CC
                        + 5.00 DRUG SC-2 YEARS PROBATION TO COURT-
                        COMPLETE SUBSTANCE ABUSE-REVIEW FILE ON
                        5/10/2001 AT 10:00 A.M.-BOND EXONERATED
OTHER EVENT             10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: PROBATION AGREEMENT
OTHER ORDER     DAILY KIRK A    10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: ORDER FOR FINGERPRINTING
OTHER EVENT             10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: PETITION TO PLEAD GUILTY TO AN AGGRAVATED
                        MISDEMEANOR CHARGE OF: OWI SECOND OFFENSE
OTHER EVENT             10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: ACKNOWLEDGMENT OF RIGHT TO CHALLENGE PLEA
                        PROCEEDINGS
OTHER EVENT             10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: WAIVER OF FORMAL RECORD
OTHER EVENT             10/26/2000      10/27/2000      10/27/2000
     Comments: COPY OF FAXED LETTER FROM EMPLOYEE & FAMILY
                        RESOURCES
ORDER SETTING TRIAL     DAILY KIRK A    09/27/2000      09/28/2000      09/28/2000
     Comments: PRETRIAL ORDER
                        JURY TRIAL SET FOR 10/30/2000 AT 9:00 A.M.
ORDER FOR CONTINUANCE   DAILY KIRK A    08/30/2000      08/30/2000      08/30/2000
     Comments: PTC CONTINUED TO 09/27/00 AT 10:00 A.M. AND
                        TRIAL CONTINUED TO 10/30/00 AT 9:00 A.M.
OTHER EVENT             08/17/2000      08/17/2000      08/17/2000
     Comments: WAIVER OF SPEEDY TRIAL
                        BRAD SCHROEDER, ATTY
ORDER FOR CONTINUANCE   DAILY KIRK A    08/16/2000      08/16/2000      08/16/2000
     Comments: PTC CONTINUED TO 08/30/00 AT 10:00 A.M.
DNU - ORDER SETTING PRETRIAL    DAILY KIRK A    07/10/2000      07/11/2000      07/11/2000
     Comments: CONFERENCE AND TRIAL
                        PTC SET FOR 8/16/2000 AT 10:00 A.M.
                        TRIAL 8/28/2000 AT 9:00 A.M.-SPEEDY TRIAL
                        DEMANDED
WRITTEN ARRAIGNMENT AND PLEA OF NOT GUILTY              07/10/2000      07/10/2000      07/10/2000
     Comments: BRAD SHCROEDER, ATTY
OTHER EVENT             06/27/2000      06/27/2000      06/27/2000
     Comments: CO ATTY FILED DIRECT/BOUND OVER DC (SKE)
ORDER FOR ARRAIGNMENT   COLLETT PHILLIP R.      06/23/2000      06/27/2000      06/27/2000
     Comments: ARRAIGNMENT SET FOR 07/12/00 AT 8:30 A.M.
TRIAL INFORMATION       COUNTY ATTORNEYS OFFICE - OTTU MWA      06/23/2000      06/27/2000      06/27/2000
     Comments: OWI 2ND
                        MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
                        SUPPLEMENTAL TRIAL INFORMATION
                        SUPPLEMENTAL MINUTES OF EVIDENCE
                        B SCHROEDER, ATTY
WARRANT RECALLED        WAPELLO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPART MENT     06/22/2000      06/22/2000      06/22/2000
     Comments: CALLED IN
BOND POSTED     THE CRAWFORD LAW FIRM   06/22/2000      06/22/2000      06/22/2000
     Comments: THE CRAWFORD LAW FIRM POSTS $195 BOND FOR DEFT
WRITTEN ARRAIGNMENT     KEITH LLOYD E   06/22/2000      06/22/2000      06/22/2000
     Comments: DEFT PLEADS NOT GUILTY/PRELIM 07/10/00 AT 10 AM
                        DEFT'S BOND $1950 (10% ACCEPTABLE)
APPEARANCE      SCHROEDER BRAD  06/21/2000      06/21/2000      06/21/2000
ARREST WARRANT  OURTH SCOTT D   05/30/2000      05/30/2000      06/22/2000
     Comments: ISSUED TO WCSD/SIGNED OVER THE WEEKEND
CRIMINAL COMPLAINT      WAPELLO COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPART MENT     05/30/2000      05/30/2000      05/30/2000

Summary
Title: STATE V OURTH, SCOTT D STG21
Trial Court Case ID     Originating County      Created         Speedy Trial    Microfilm Ref
08901 OWIN011525        WAPELLO         05/30/2000      W
Citation Number         Disposition Status      Disposition Date        Reopened Date
        DISMISSED       05/15/2001
        GUILTY PLEA/DEFAULT     10/26/2000      05/10/2001

 

Comments

Accusations CONFIRMED.

As the administrator of this website, I will try to respond to every blog post with either confirmation or refutation (as applicable).  In this case, the above accusation has been confirmed as true.  If one visits this government website, trial court, case search and searches for "OURTH SCOTT D" and reads Case: 08901 OWIN011525 (click on both "[Criminal Charges/Disposition]" and "[Filings]") you will read verbatim what is reflected in this blog posting.

"discovered that candidate Scott Ourth has quite a long criminal record that should be of deep concern of every voter in the district"

I would not use the words "criminal record" here, a phrase which I might reserve for the likes of domestic assault, battery, rape or armed robbery.  I saw nothing of that sort in Ourth's court record.  I would instead use the phrase "unflattering court history" instead.    It is unfortunate that Ourth did not learn from his FIRST OWI and needed to go through all this again a second time, before learning his lesson.  I am also concerned as to why Ourth apparently "blew off" this matter and was found in contempt of court and forced to serve seven days in jail, before learning the seriousness of OWI and about the rule of law.  This aspect alone concerns me the most.  OWI happens to a lot of people, sometimes even good people, where the intoxication impairs their ability to make wise decisions, but one can not blame intoxication for the conscious and deliberate decision a year later, to be in contempt of court!  Do we really want a scofflaw representing us in the House?  Further, I am curious as to why his first OWI is missing from the court records.  Was this due to a clerical error or to corruption?  I am most curious to read the circumstances behind that case as well and to learn why it is now missing.