At the July 17, 2017, hearing of Diana Broderson vs. the City of Muscatine, the attorneys for Muscatine Mayor Diana Broderson made a motion to admit into evidence the minutes from the seven closed session meetings of the Muscatine City Council from which she was excluded. These minutes will be secured and transcribed by a certified court reporter by August 1, 2017.
The legal team for the City of Muscatine filed resistance. The Muscatine City Council says transcripts of closed sessions should not be included as evidence in Mayor Diana Broderson’s appeal because they fall under attorney-client privilege. At the time the Mayor was excluded, the reasons were due to the imminence of litigation.
Broderson was excluded from four of the seven sessions, all of which were held after July 1, 2016.
The judge will review the transcripts of the closed sessions. After judicial review, the court has the option to rule that none, all, or selections of the transcripts be admitted.
At the conclusion to the submittal of evidence, the district judge will make a decision based on the merits of the case.
Diana Broderson was reinstated to her position of mayor in July due to a conflict of interest with the council’s being the accuser, judge, and jury. The merits of the case could still uphold the council’s decision to remove the mayor, or the judge could rule the removal as unconstitutional.