The state judicial nominating commission heard from 16 people Monday as they started the public interviews of the 60 candidates for the three open positions on the Iowa Supreme Court. The positions came open on the court when three justices were thrown out in the retention election in November, and in the wake of the gay marriage ruling.
Many of the questions from the commission covered issues of how the court should deal with the law and public opinion. The candidates each took different approaches to presenting themselves. Fifty-nine-year-old William Talbot of Ames is an attorney in private practice, but told the commission he has much more experience beyond his law career.
Talbot says a young man he was employed in farm labor, factory labor, carpentry, mechanics, and he has been employed as a cowboy, a truck driver, a gas station attendant and a grease monkey. “These skills have served me well, and they provided the financial resources for me to attend the University of Northern Iowa, and then in later years, Drake University Law School,” Talbot said.
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