DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court is ruling on whether a couple from Ecuador may sue a lawyer for emotional pain for giving them bad advice which caused them to be separated from their children and grandchildren in Iowa for at least a decade.
A district court jury in 2010 ordered Des Moines attorney Michael Said to refund the family's legal fees. The Iowa Court of Appeals ordered in June 2012 a new trial to determine whether he also should pay for emotional distress. Said appealed to the Iowa Supreme Court.
Said told a Klever Miranda and Nancy Campoverde in 2005 they could gain U.S. citizenship if they returned to Ecuador and filed certain immigration documents, however, once in Ecuador federal rules prohibited them from returning to the U.S. for 10 years.