Lawsuit Filed On Judge Selections

Eight Democrats in the Iowa House and an attorney from Cedar Rapids are filing a lawsuit, seeking to block changes in the commission that nominates candidates for openings on the Iowa Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Representative Brian Meyer, a Democrat from Des Moines who’s joined the lawsuit,  says the group is initially seeking an injunction to prevent the man Reynolds appointed to the commission from joining it.

Last week, Governor Reynolds said the changes to the Judicial Nominating Commission “give all Iowans a greater voice in the process.” The lawsuit filed by eight Democrats in the Iowa House also challenges a section of the plan that changes the term for the chief justice of the Iowa Supreme Court — arguing that violates the separation of powers between the three branches of state government.