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Case No. 17-1679

Daniel J. Dawson
State of Iowa


Daniel J. Dawson


State of Iowa

Attorneys for the Appellant

Thomas Hurd
Daniel Dawson, pro se

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 01, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Henry W. Latham II, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Mullins and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (24 pages)

            Daniel Dawson appeals from the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR) challenging his convictions for murder in the second degree; assault with intent to inflict serious injury; and domestic abuse assault, second offense.  On appeal, Dawson argues for the first time that his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by failing to move for a mistrial during closing arguments based on prosecutorial error; Dawson maintains all counsel since his first have been ineffective in failing to raise the issue sooner.  Dawson raises an additional sixteen claims without the assistance of counsel; we address each one below.  OPINION HOLDS: Having considered each of Dawson’s seventeen claims of ineffective assistance and finding no reversible error, we affirm the denial of Dawson’s application for PCR. 

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