Judge deciding Muscatine mayor's case will review documents

Muscatine Mayor is voted out.
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MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A judge has delayed a decision about the Muscatine mayor's removal from office until receiving transcripts of private City Council meetings and other information.

The Muscatine Journal reports that at a hearing Monday, Mayor Diana Broderson's lawyers requested additional documents, including the minutes of seven of the council's private meetings held to discuss whether to remove the mayor.

After the submission of the documents, Judge Mark Cleve says he will decide the mayor's appeal of her removal.

The council voted May 11 to remove Broderson as mayor, saying she'd made unfounded allegations about city leaders and staff, violated city code and sparked investigations into Muscatine's government at taxpayer expense. Broderson says she was doing her job.

A judge ruled June 16 that Broderson be returned to office pending her appeal.
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A judge is scheduled to hear testimony Monday about why the Muscatine City Council removed Mayor Diana Broderson from office and whether the action was constitutional.

The Muscatine Journal reports that the hearing is supposed to begin at 9 a.m. in the Muscatine County Courthouse.

The City Council voted May 11 to remove Broderson as mayor, saying she'd made unfounded allegations about city leaders and staff, violated city code and sparked investigations into Muscatine's government at taxpayer expense. Broderson has argued that she was doing her job, looking into residents' complaints and speaking up when she saw something wrong.

A judge ruled June 16 that Broderson be returned to office while her appeal is heard, saying there were "inherent conflicts of interest" in the council's vote to remove her.