Supreme Court Denies Cert. in Trio of Iowa Cases

by Ryan Koopmans | October 1, 2012

By Ryan Koopmans

This morning, the U.S. Supreme Court denied cert. in Rubashkin v. United States, City of Des Moines v. Kragnes, and Carlson v. Wiggins, three Iowa-based cases that have received local–and in the case of Rubashkin, national–attention.  For more information, see our previous posts on these cases:

U.S. Supreme Court to Consider Three Iowa Cases on September 24
Eighth Circuit Rejects Constitutional Challenge to Iowa’s Judicial-Selection Method
Sholom Rubashkin Files Petition for Certiorari with U.S. Supreme Court
City of Des Moines Asks Iowa Supreme Court to Reconsider Class-Action Ruling
Rubashkin Hires Former SG Paul Clement for Supreme Court Challenge




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