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Case No. 17-0183

State of Iowa
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.


State of Iowa


Abraham K. Watkins

Attorneys for the Appellee

Jeffrey S. Thompson
Julia S. Kim

Attorneys for the Appellant

Gina Messamer
John Maschman

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Sep 14, 2017 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

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