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Branstad selects new Supreme Court justices

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -– Governor Terry Branstad has selected three new members of the Iowa Supreme Court.

The three new justices are Iowa District Court Judge Bruce Zager of Waterloo, Iowa Court of Appeals Judge Edward Mansfield of Des Moines, and Thomas Waterman of Pleasant Valley.

The replacements will fill three vacancies left after Supreme Court Chief Justice Marsha Ternus, and Justices Michael Streit and David Baker were voted out in the November 2010 retention vote.  People who voted not to retain the three justices largely cited the court's unanimous decision to allow same-sex marriage in Iowa.

"It's kind of a healing time, or maybe a transforming time on the Iowa Supreme Court. My job is not to go and shift things around and make everything different. It's just to make it so the people understand what we do a little better, they understand who we are a little better. That we're people just like everyone else," said Judge Zager.

Governor Branstad made the selections from nine candidates given to him by the Iowa Judicial Nominating Commission.

"It is the role of the judiciary in the state of Iowa to say what the law is, as applied to cases before the courts, rather than saying what the law should be.  The separation of powers is central to our Iowa Constitution," Branstad said in a written release.

Hear what this appointment means to Waterloo native Judge Zager tonight on KWWL News at 10:00.

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