Branstad to name Supreme Court justices by Saturday

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 22, 2011 7:20 AM

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Gov. Terry Branstad will name the state’s three new Supreme Court justices by his Saturday deadline, spokesman Tim Albrecht said.

Branstad will select the three new justices from a pool of nine nominees, which includes only one woman, Angela Onwuachi-Willig of Grinnell, who is also a UIlaw professor. Only 11 of the 60 applicants for the positions were women, Albrecht said.

Albrecht said Branstad has expressed disappointment in the lack of female nominees considering the nominating commission received a highly capable pool of applicants.

The naming comes after Iowa voters chose in November to oust the three justices who were involved in the decision to legalize same-sex marriages.

— by Sam Lane

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