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Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins named acting chief

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins will serve as the court’s chief justice until a successor to Chief Justice Mark Cady can be appointed.

Cady died unexpectedly Nov. 15 at age 66.

A court spokesman says Thursday that Iowa law requires the chief justice to name another member of the court to fill in when the chief cannot act. Cady had issued an order in November 2016 appointing Wiggins to act in his place.

Wiggins was appointed to the court by Democratic Gov. Tom Vilsack in 2003.

State law says Wiggins will serve as acting chief justice until the current vacancy on the court is filled and the full court selects a chief justice. Finding a successor for Cady could take 90 days.

The court’s elected chief will serve until the court holds its first meeting in 2021 and holds another election.

Associated Press

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