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Case No. 18-1054

State of Iowa
James Allan Mincks


State of Iowa


James Allan Mincks

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Stephan J. Japuntich, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 13, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Chickasaw County, Richard D. Stochl, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J. (13 pages)

            James Mincks appeals his convictions for second-degree and third-degree sexual abuse.  He asserts insufficient evidence supports his convictions, the court erred in admitting hearsay and vouching testimony, and trial counsel provided ineffective assistance.  OPINION HOLDS: We find substantial evidence supports the verdicts and the court did not err or abuse its discretion in permitting testimony and affirm.  We preserve one claim of ineffective assistance of counsel for potential postconviction relief and dismiss the other ineffective-assistance claims on the merits. 

Date Amended:
Jul 14, 2020
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