Update on Iowa Magistrate that Lambasted Tribal Immunity

In short, he’s been suspended, at least partially. Here is the news clip.

And an excerpt:

It is unknown if the action is linked to either of two rulings made recently by Vander Mey which garnered headlines.

On April 20, Vander Mey handed down a ruling in a small claims case which found the Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa was not sovereign and could be ordered in Iowa Magistrate Court to pay the small claim for money owed to a pit boss who had been fired by the Tribal-owned Meskwaki Bingo • Casino.

On May 5, Vander Mey ordered a drunken driving suspect released because she was not brought before the court within 24 hours of her arrest by Meskwaki Nation Tribal Police. He ruled this violated the defendant’s right to a court appearence according to the Iowa Code.

That ruling has been appealed by Assistant Tama County Attorney Niki A.S. Whitacre.

And a link to the ruling that started this.