- Associated Press - Friday, March 3, 2017

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A judge has sided with former Johnson County Auditor Tom Slockett in his lawsuit against a state ethics board, saying the board was wrong to reprimand him in 2012.

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board had reprimanded Slockett for making campaign phone calls from his personal cellphone from his county office. The board argued that was an illegal used public resources for his political purposes.

Slockett, with the help of American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, appealed, saying the reprimanded ignored his free speech rights.

On Friday, the ACLU said a Polk County District Judge agreed and overturned the board’s reprimand on Tuesday.

Slockett lost his Democratic primary re-election bid in 2012 after he was reprimanded.

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