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Judge deciding Muscatine mayor's case will review documents

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MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) - A judge has delayed a decision about the Muscatine mayor's removal from office until receiving transcripts of private City Council meetings and other information.

The Muscatine Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2t8UCOp ) that at a hearing Monday, Mayor Diana Broderson's lawyers requested additional documents, including the minutes of seven of the council's private meetings held to discuss whether to remove the mayor.

After the submission of the documents, Judge Mark Cleve says he will decide the mayor's appeal of her removal.

The council voted May 11 to remove Broderson as mayor, saying she'd made unfounded allegations about city leaders and staff, violated city code and sparked investigations into Muscatine's government at taxpayer expense. Broderson says she was doing her job.

A judge ruled June 16 that Broderson be returned to office pending her appeal.

Information from: Muscatine Journal, http://www.muscatinejournal.com

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