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The Magistrate Who Wore Two Hats Is Reprimanded

In re Krull :: 2015 :: Iowa Supreme Court Decisions :: Iowa Case Law :: Iowa Law :: U.S. Law :: Justia.

The Iowa Supreme Court issued a reprimand to an attorney, Douglas Krull, who was also a part-time magistrate. As a lawyer Krull represented a woman against her ex-husband in her efforts to modify child custody arrangements. As a magistrate, Krull signed a search warrant allowing the police to search the home of his client. Because the custody case was deemed “related” to the criminal case, Krull violated the Code of Judicial Ethics because his impartiality might reasonably be questioned.

Its difficult to understand how the attorney could have failed to recognize the problem that signing a warrant to allow the police to search his client’s home would case. At the very least, he could count on an angry call from the client (or soon to be former client).

Edward X. Clinton, Jr.