Justice Not Politics: Courts Must Remain Free of Political Influence 

Justice Not Politics today responded to the legislative proposal released that would drastically alter the merit selection process for choosing Iowa’s judges. Justice Not Politics also released a breakdown of the political makeup of Iowa’s District & State Judicial Nominating Commissions. Connie Ryan, chair of Justice Not Politics, released the following statement criticizing the proposal […]

Justice Not Politics Responds to Planned Parenthood v Board of Medicine Ruling

DES MOINES — After today’s ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in Planned Parenthood of the Heartland Inc. and Dr. Jill Meadows v. Iowa Board of Medicine, Justice Not Politics Chair, Connie Ryan Terrell, issued the following statement: “Today’s ruling is the latest example highlighting Iowa’s proud tradition of our courts being free from politics. […]

Important Win for Fair Courts at US Supreme Court Today

Des Moines, Iowa — In a 5-4 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Williams-Yulee v. Florida Bar that banning state judges from personally soliciting campaign contributions is constitutional. Justice Not Politics joined several other state-based fair courts groups in an Amicus Brief supporting the ban. The brief was prepared and filed by Pennsylvanians for […]

Justice Not Politics Responds to Comments from Bob Vander Plaats

Des Moines, Iowa — Justice Not Politics issued a response today to comments made by Bob Vander Plaats when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to decide whether states can ban same-sex marriage. Clip from the Cedar Rapids Gazette (full article below): “Vander Plaats still has his sights on reversing Iowa’s course on same-sex marriage. He […]

Justice Not Politics Responds to Judicial Nominating Commission Appointment

Des Moines, IA — This week, Governor Branstad announced several appointments to district judicial nominating commissions across the state. One of the appointments (Betty De Boef of What Cheer) is very troubling, and Iowans need an explanation from the Governor. See the statement from Justice Not Politics chair, Connie Ryan Terrell below: “The appointment of […]

Justice Not Politics Responds to Family Leader’s Call for Judge’s Ouster

Des Moines, Iowa — Justice Not Politics issued a response today to the Family Leader’s call for the ouster of Polk County District Judge Karen Romano. Sally Pederson and Joy Corning issued the following statements: Sally Pederson, former Lieutenant Governor and Honorary Co-Chair of Justice Not Politics: “Iowans spoke in 2012 with the retention of […]