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Case No. 18-0709

Adam John Pitman
State of Iowa


Adam John Pitman


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Thomas Hurd

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 09, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Lee (South) County, Mary Ann Brown, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Doyle, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Opinion by Danilson, S.J.  (7 pages)

            Adam Pitman appeals the district court decision denying his request for postconviction relief from his conviction of first-degree murder.  Pitman claims he received ineffective assistance because defense counsel did not present a defense of diminished responsibility.  OPINION HOLDS:  Defense counsel considered the defense and rejected it due to a lack of expert witness support.  We conclude Pitman has failed to show he received ineffective assistance of counsel.  We affirm the district court’s decision denying his request for postconviction relief.

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