Depleted court gets lengthy ovation

The four justices who remain on the Iowa Supreme Court drew an extended round of applause just now from Democrats in the legislature and guests who’ve gathered in the House gallery to hear Governor Chet Culver’s final “Condition of the State” message.  I timed it (using my recorder) and it lasted 1 minutes and 47 seconds.  The justices were introduced and escorted into seats on the House floor as part of the pageantry that surrounds the speech.  (In case you’re just tuning in, three Iowa Supreme Court justices were voted off the court in November’s judicial retention election.)

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O. Kay Henderson is the news director of Radio Iowa.


  1. I’m glad they received that reception and it’s too bad their three compatriots were not also there. The attack on the justices for doing their job is an attack on the independence and professionalism of our judges, justices and judicial system.


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