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Attorney General seeks to dismiss Iowa Juvenile Home suit

January 29, 2014
By John Speer - Editor (jspeer@tamatoledonews.com) , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

---Attorney General filings with this article as pdfs--

Terming a lawsuit seeking to require reopening of the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo an "extraordinary and unprecedented request," Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has asked for it to be dismissed.

The motion was filed in Polk County District Court last week in a 19-page document.

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Attorney General Tom Miller

A resistance to a temporary injunction request was also filed by Miller.

Following the order issued by the Iowa Department of Human Services and Governor Terry Branstad on Dec. 9 to close the Toledo facility on Jan. 16, the lawsuit seeking to reopen was filed. Branstad and Charles Palmer, Human Services director, were named as defendants.

Four Iowa legislators including Senators Steve Sodders and Jack Hatch, State Representatives Mark Smith and Pat Murphy and Danny Human, president of Iowa Council 61 AFSCME are the plaintiffs.

While it is unknown when action on the suit might be taken in court, Sodders earlier told The Chronicle it might be in March "but could change."

By Jan. 16 the remaining 21 girls at IJH / State Training School for Girls had been placed elsewhere and most of the 93 employees of IJH were laid off.

 
 

 

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