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Case No. 17-0183

State of Iowa
v.
Abraham K. Watkins

The defendant appeals from his removal as the Van Buren County Attorney following the district court’s finding that he had committed willful misconduct or maladministration in office by regularly committing sexual harassment. Iowa Code § 66.1A(2). The defendant argues: (1) the action must be dismissed because it was unlawfully initiated; (2) the State failed to prove he committed sexual harassment with an evil or corrupt intent; (3) the action must be dismissed because it was not instigated by an independent, impartial investigator; (4) the action must be dismissed because it was infected by a conflict of interest; (5) the action must be dismissed because the Van Buren County Board of Supervisors failed to explore less drastic options; and 6) he is entitled to attorney fees on the dismissed counts.

Appellees

State of Iowa

Appellants

Abraham K. Watkins

Attorneys for Appellees

Jeffrey S. Thompson
Julia S. Kim

Attorneys for Appellants

Gina Messamer
John Maschman

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Sep 14, 2017 9:00 AM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-0183
Date Published:
Jun 29, 2018
Date Amended:
Sep 11, 2018

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