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Justice selection challenge dismissed


U.S. District Judge Robert Pratt granted Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller’s request to dismiss a legal challenge of Iowa’s judicial retention system.

Four Iowa plaintiffs filed a request on Dec. 8 for a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa.

The plaintiffs challenged the makeup of the 15-member Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission, whose members are chosen without reference to political affiliation. Pratt called the arguments “fatally flawed,” and said “the people of Iowa are entitled to retain the judicial selection system they chose in 1962.”

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