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Thursday, February 13, 2014

Iowa Supreme Court Selection Continues to be Contested

Among Governor Branstad’s recent appointees to the state Judicial Nominating Commission is former Rep. Betty De Boef, who was one of five legislators to file articles of impeachment against four of the justices involved in the same-sex marriage case, Varnum v. Brein.  Until 2010, a sitting judge had never lost a retention election. However, during the November 2, 2010 election, three sitting Supreme Court justices: Marsha Ternus, David Baker and Michael Streit, were voted out of office in reaction to Varnum.

My discussion of Iowa Supreme Court selection is here with Radio Iowa News Director O. Kay Henderson, Rep. Chris Hagenow, Rep. Kurt Swaim, Iowa Judicial Nominating Commissioner Guy R. Cook, and others discuss Iowa Supreme Court selection, Feb. 22, 2011, at an event hosted by the Federalist Society, Iowa Lawyers Chapter.

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