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Case No. 18-0899

State of Iowa
Cliff Allen Lowe


State of Iowa


Cliff Allen Lowe

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Nan Jennisch, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 18, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Appanoose County, Lucy J. Gamon, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Doyle, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (3 pages)

            Cliff Lowe appeals his conviction of third-offense possession of a controlled substance, as a habitual offender, claiming his counsel rendered ineffective assistance in failing to move for suppression of evidence obtained following an allegedly illegal pretextual stop and subsequent inventory search of a vehicle in which he was a passenger.  OPINION HOLDS: We find counsel was under no duty to pursue the meritless arguments and Lowe was not prejudiced.  We affirm Lowe’s conviction.

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