MUSCATINE — A district judge ruled Friday that ousted Muscatine mayor Diana Broderson can return to office while her appeal is heard.

Judge Mark Smith ruled the order of removal of Broderson be stayed, and Broderson be reinstated as mayor pending final hearing on the matter. Broderson is appealing the Muscatine City Council's decision to remove her from office on May 11, which will be discussed at the next hearing on July 17. 

The judge said there were "inherent conflicts of interest" throughout the council's removal of the mayor, and to ensure a fair trial, "no man is permitted to try cases where he has an interest in the outcome." 

The announcement of Broderson returning to office comes one day after the city council agreed to appoint a new mayor to the position before the general election in November. 

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Broderson posted on Facebook Friday morning: "The Judge just ordered me back in office effective immediately. Thank you for your support!"

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. 

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