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Case No. 17-1336

State of Iowa
Sean Michael Hilliard


State of Iowa


Sean Michael Hilliard

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye, Assistant Attorney General
Nicholas A. Jones (until withdrawal), Law Student

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Dubuque County, Monica L. Wittig, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., Tabor, J., and Mahan, S.J.  Opinion by Vogel, P.J.  (9 pages)

            Sean Hilliard appeals his conviction for sexual abuse in the second degree.  Through his appellate counsel, he argues his trial counsel was ineffective on several grounds.  In a pro se brief, he also argues his jury was not drawn from a fair cross-section of the community and the evidence is insufficient to support his conviction.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the evidence is sufficient to support his conviction, he did not preserve his jury-composition argument, and we cannot evaluate his ineffective-assistance claims on the record before us.  Therefore, we affirm his conviction and preserve his ineffective-assistance claims for potential postconviction proceedings.

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