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Case No. 18-0096

State of Iowa
v.
Chaka Khan Fielder

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Chaka Khan Fielder

Attorneys for Appellee

Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Angela Campbell

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0096
Date Published:
Mar 20, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey D. Farrell and Robert B. Hanson, Judges.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., Bower, J., and Mahan, S.J.  Per Curiam Opinion.  (33 pages)

            A defendant appeals her convictions for theft by deception and tampering with a witness.  She raises several contentions.  OPINION HOLDS: The verdicts were supported by sufficient evidence.  But the district court abused its discretion in admitting an irrelevant employee handbook that contained a broad and misleading definition of theft.  We reverse the judgment and remand for a new trial without the irrelevant evidence.  PARTIAL CONCURRENCE, PARTIAL DISSENT ASSERTS: The State did not show substantial evidence to support the amount stolen was sufficient for first-degree theft, only second-degree theft.  I would remand for retrial only on second-degree theft by deception. 

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