High court launches courthouse break-ins investigation

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa Supreme Court says it has hired a law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the arrests of two cybersecurity workers found inside a closed central Iowa courthouse who say they were just doing their jobs testing courthouse security.

The state's high court said in a statement Friday that it had hired Faegre Baker Daniels, one of the Midwest's largest law firms.

The men were working for Colorado-based cybersecurity company Coalfire when they were arrested inside the Dallas County Courthouse early Sept. 11. The state court administration has said it hired Coalfire to test security of electronic access to court records, not "forced entry into a building." But the contract between Coalfire and the state seems to outline plans for the company to try to break into the Dallas and Polk county courthouses, as well as the Judicial Branch Building, where the Iowa Supreme Court is housed.