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Case No. 22-0401

Senator Roby Smith, Senator Jim Carlin, Senator Chris Cournoyer, Senator Adrian Dickey, Senator Jason Shultz, Senator Dan Zumbach, Former Senator Zach Whiting, Rep. Brooke Boden, Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Rep. Carter Nordman and Rep. Jeff Shipley
v.
Iowa District Court for Polk County

In this certiorari action, several nonparty state legislators seek review of the district court’s order compelling them to produce their communications with third parties about two recently enacted election laws. The legislators argue the district court breached the separation of powers by piercing legislative privilege to order the legislators to comply with a subpoena for legislative documents. The legislators further argue that compelling production of communications received by the legislators violates the public’s privacy interests and rights under article I, section 20, of the Iowa Constitution.

County:
Polk
Trial Court Case No.:
CVCV061476

Plaintiff

Senator Roby Smith, Senator Jim Carlin, Senator Chris Cournoyer, Senator Adrian Dickey, Senator Jason Shultz, Senator Dan Zumbach, Former Senator Zach Whiting, Rep. Brooke Boden, Rep. Bobby Kaufmann, Rep. Carter Nordman and Rep. Jeff Shipley

Defendant

Iowa District Court for Polk County

Attorneys for the Plaintiff

W. Charles Smithson, Legal Counsel and Secretary of the Senate
Eric H. Wessan, Solicitor General
Tessa Register

Attorneys for the Defendant

Shayla McCormally
Uzoma N. Nkwonta
Melinda K. Johnson
William K. Hancock
Alexander F. Atkins
David R. Fox

Other Information

Date Retained:
Apr 25, 2023
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