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Case No. 19-0378

State of Iowa
Joel Case


State of Iowa


Joel Case

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Edward S. Fishman

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jasper County, Thomas P. Murphy and Glenn E. Pille, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (24 pages)

            Joel Green Case appeals from his conviction for first-degree theft, asserting there is insufficient evidence to support the conviction.  He also contends the court erred by instructing the jury on aiding and abetting, in denying his request for a Franks hearing, and in denying his motion to suppress evidence obtained upon execution of search warrants.  Case alternatively asserts an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim.  OPINION HOLDS: There is substantial evidence the property Case was selling was stolen or he knew or should have known the property was stolen to support the conviction.  The court did not err in instructing the jury on aiding and abetting, in denying Case’s request for a Franks hearing, or in denying the motion to suppress.  We do not address Case’s ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim.  We affirm.

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