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Case No. 17-0435

Sessions L. Harper
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Sessions L. Harper

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

Andrew J. Smith

Attorneys for Appellee

Kevin Cmelik, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-0435
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018
Summary

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Thomas J. Bice, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J. (20 pages)

           Sessions Harper appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR).  In addition to his various pro se claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, he contends the district court erred in concluding his trial counsel did not render ineffective assistance of counsel in failing to object to an allegedly improper jury instruction on the crime of first-degree kidnapping and abused its discretion in declining to admit certain evidence in the PCR trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the denial of Harper’s PCR application. 

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