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Case No. 19-0377

Christopher Lee Perry
v.
State of Iowa

Appellants

Christopher Lee Perry

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellants

Geneva L. Williams (until withdrawal)
Peter Stiefel

Attorneys for Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-0377
Date Published:
Dec 16, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Tabor, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (12 pages)

            Postconviction relief applicant appeals the district court denial of his application finding criminal trial counsel’s failure to raise an intoxication defense was reasonable trial strategy.  OPINION HOLDS: We determine trial counsel breached an essential duty in failing to raise the intoxication defense, but in other respects was not incompetent and Perry was not prejudiced by counsel’s conduct.  We affirm.

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