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Case No. 18-0571

Ricky Lee Putman
State of Iowa


Ricky Lee Putman


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Stuart G. Hoover

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 24, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Fayette County, Richard D. Stochl, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Greer, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (8 pages)

            A postconviction-relief applicant argues his trial counsel was ineffective for failing to adequately advise him on his right to testify in his own defense and for failing to keep him informed on the defense strategy, thereby depriving him of the ability to meaningfully participate in his defense.  The district court denied the application for postconviction relief.  OPINION HOLDS: On our review, we conclude trial counsel did not fail to perform an essential duty by advising his client not to testify or by exercising his judgment in choosing the defense strategy.

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