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Magistrate Douglas A. Krull, in his private practice, represented a mother in a pending action against her ex-husband to modify child custody provisions of their dissolution decree. A police officer sought a search warrant in a burglary investigation targeting the parties’ son, and Krull signed the warrant to search the home of his client. The Iowa Commission on Judicial Qualifications recommended that the Supreme Court publicly reprimand Krull based on its finding that Krull violated three disciplinary rules governing part-time judicial magistrates by signing the search warrant. The Supreme Court imposed the recommended sanction of a public reprimand, holding (1) by signing the warrant, Krull violated the Iowa Code of Judicial Conduct; and (2) because Krull was previously admonished for signing a warrant to search the home of a party in a civil case he was handling in his private practice, a public reprimand was the appropriate sanction here.