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IOWA

Gingrich courts conservatives by attacking judges

DAVENPORT — As he works to rev up his conservative base in Iowa, Newt Gingrich is launching an assault on a reliable GOP target: judges.

The former House speaker’s ridicule of the judicial branch has been the sharpest in the Republican field. And it’s taken a central role as his campaign struggles to stay atop polls in Iowa, a state where irate social conservatives ousted three state Supreme Court judges for legalizing same-sex marriage.

Mr. Gingrich has suggested that judges who issue what he termed “radical” rulings should be subpoenaed before Congress to explain themselves before facing possible impeachment. As president, he said he’d consider dispatching U.S. marshals to round up judges who refuse to show voluntarily.

From wire dispatches and staff reports