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Case No. 19-0988

Monue Forkpayea Geimah
State of Iowa


Monue Forkpayea Geimah


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

C. Aron Vaughn

Attorney for the Appellee

Genevieve Reinkoester, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 03, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Crystal S. Cronk, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Doyle and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (13 pages)

            Monue Forkpayea Geimah appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR).  He maintains plea counsel was ineffective in failing to advise him of the immigration consequences of pleading guilty to theft in January 2017.  OPINION HOLDS: On our de novo review, we conclude plea counsel did not inform Geimah “of all the adverse immigration consequences that competent counsel would uncover,” but Geimah failed to prove he would not have pleaded guilty had he been adequately advised.

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