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Case No. 18-1466

Charles Dean White
State of Iowa


Charles Dean White


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jesse A. Macro Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Page County, Susan Christensen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Mullins, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Carr, S.J.  (6 pages)

            Charles White appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief.  OPINION HOLDS: I. White’s trial counsel made a reasonable tactical decision by refraining from impeaching the complaining witness directly with her deposition.  Because White has failed to show counsel performed below the standard of a competent practitioner, we affirm the denial of PCR on this ground.  II. White failed to preserve error on his claim the postconviction court erred by limiting the scope of the proceedings to the claim of ineffective assistance related to witness impeachment.  And the record is inadequate to address White’s claim that his postconviction counsel was ineffective by only litigating that claim.

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