Iowa Couple's Divorce Decree Vacated Due to Judge's Ghostwritten Rulings - Articles

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Posted by: Katharine Heriges on Sep 14, 2018
A district judge in Iowa has vacated a couple’s divorce decree because it was ghostwritten by a lawyer without the knowledge of opposing counsel, The ABA Journal reports. A review of now-retired Judge Edward Jacobson’s decisions released in June had found he failed to notify opposing parties in at least 13 cases that he was using proposed rulings written by lawyers. Most of the rulings were in family law cases. Jacobson said in a deposition that he believed it was common practice to accept ghostwritten rulings in his district, but the June report said other judges in the district who asked for ghostwritten orders had notified all parties.