(Des Moines) When it comes to a judge ordering Governor Branstad to reopen the state juvenile home in Toledo, the Iowa Supreme Court is being asked to decide whether it was the judge, or the Governor, who abused their power.
On February 5th, District Court Judge Scott Rosenberg issued a temporary injunction that ordered Governor Terry Branstad to reopen the state juvenile home in Toledo that Branstad closed the month before. His action came on a lawsuit by the state employees’ union AFSCME and several Democratic State Lawmakers.
Two days later, Branstad and Attorney General Tom Miller asked the Iowa Supreme Court to step in, saying that Rosenberg’s order was an abuse of judicial discretion. Now, the Attorney representing the Plaintiffs have their own claim of abuse. In their response to Branstad’s request, they say Branstad abused his executive powers and so the judge acted properly and the Justices shouldn’t step in.
So far, the Court hasn’t indicated if they will weigh in. And so far, the Governor has made no plans to comply with the ruling.
Iowa Radio Network