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Case No. 19-1439

State of Iowa
Victor Henry Scalco, Jr.


State of Iowa


Victor Henry Scalco, Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Bradley M. Bender, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Calhoun County, Kurt J. Stoebe, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J. (12 pages)

            Victor Scalco Jr. appeals his convictions for domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury and false imprisonment.  OPINION HOLDS: The district court did not abuse its discretion in ruling on evidentiary objections during the criminal trial.  Also, the court did not abuse its discretion by denying defense counsel’s objection during closing arguments.  Scalco’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel cannot be raised in this direct appeal.  We do not adopt the plain error doctrine.  Scalco’s convictions are affirmed.

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