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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2019, file photo, anti-abortion activists protest outside of the U.S. Supreme Court during the March for Life in Washington. Anti-abortion activists will gather in Washington on Friday, Jan. 24, 2020, for the annual march, eager to cheer on a continuing wave of federal and state abortion restrictions. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Supreme Court case looms large for rivals in abortion debate

Jan. 21, 2020 2:24 PM EST

Anti-abortion activists gather this week in Washington for their annual March for Life, eager to cheer on a continuing wave of federal and state abortion restrictions. However, many activists on both sides of the debate already are looking ahead to March 4, when the U.S. Supreme Court hears its first major...

Defense asks to delay murder trial in Iowa student's slaying

Jan. 21, 2020 12:36 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Defense lawyers for the man charged in the killing of University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts are asking a judge to delay his trial. Lawyers for Cristhian Bahena Rivera say they need to push back the Feb. 4 trial date so that they have time to appeal a judge's ruling that allowed...

Jordanne Beach, of Urbandale, Iowa, speaks before a Senate subcommittee at the Iowa Capitol on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. She opposed a constitutional amendment that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution. (AP Photo/David Pitt)

Republicans introduce Iowa abortion constitutional amendment

Jan. 16, 2020 5:25 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Republican legislative leaders Thursday introduced a resolution that would declare there is no right to an abortion under the Iowa Constitution, a move in the first week of the session guaranteed to prompt a heated debate. The proposed constitutional amendment comes in a...

Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins speaks during the Condition of the Judiciary at the Iowa State Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (Brian Powers/The Des Moines Register via AP)

Acting Iowa chief justice: Court independence a strength

Jan. 15, 2020 2:12 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins told the Legislature Wednesday that “the independence of the courts from the political branches is not a divide but our very strength as a state and as a nation.” Wiggins, delivering the yearly Condition of the...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2014 file photo, Iowa Supreme Court justice David Wiggins gestures in the Iowa Supreme Court chambers, in Des Moines, Iowa. Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Wiggins says he's retiring. The 69-year-old Wiggins says Friday, Jan. 10, 2020 he will retire March 13 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice Wiggins to retire

Jan. 10, 2020 6:40 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Acting Chief Justice David Wiggins announced Friday he's retiring, giving Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds an opportunity to build an even more conservative court. Wiggins, 69, said he will retire March 13. He “feels that it is time to move on,” court...

Names of 3 finalists for Iowa Supreme Court sent to governor

Jan. 9, 2020 6:59 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A panel Thursday sent three Iowa Supreme Court nominees to the governor, offering her a choice between a judge who writes crime novels, a Des Moines attorney with Republican Party connections and an attorney who lives on a hobby farm. The Judicial Nominating Commission made the...

Judge OKs $3.1M lawyer fees in Branstad discrimination case

Jan. 6, 2020 4:42 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Lawyers who represented a former state official found to have been discriminated against by former Gov. Terry Branstad should be paid $3.1 million for their work on the case. Judge Brad McCall said the attorneys earned significant fees for their work. They successfully represented...

Iowa court: Automated speeding tickets not a public record

Jan. 3, 2020 5:02 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The names of car owners ticketed by automated speed cameras are not a public record, a divided Iowa Supreme Court ruled on Friday. The court was considering a lawsuit filed by a former Ottumwa police sergeant who was ticketed while driving a city-owned car in May 2016 by the city's...

12 applying for vacant Iowa Supreme Court seat

Dec. 28, 2019 10:04 AM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A dozen people have applied to fill a vacant seat on the Iowa Supreme Court left by the sudden death in November of Chief Justice Mark Cady. Court officials say the State Judicial Nominating Commission will conduct interviews on Jan. 9 of the applicants. Those interviews, to be held...

State auditor, treasurer reject payments in Branstad case

Dec. 23, 2019 4:07 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A group of top state officials on Monday approved payments of nearly $400,000 to a Des Moines law firm to continue a lawsuit in which a jury concluded former Gov. Terry Branstad discriminated against an ex-state official because the official is gay. Two Democratic members of the...