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Case No. 19-1541

State of Iowa
Cassandra Greenway


State of Iowa


Cassandra Greenway

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Ashley Stewart, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Patrice Eichman, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (4 pages)

            Cassandra Greenway brings an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim on direct appeal.  Recognizing that Iowa Code section 814.7 (Supp. 2019) prevents us from deciding claims of ineffective assistance on direct appeal, Greenway argues the statute violates separation-of-powers doctrine, equal protection, and her right to due process.  In the alternative, if we cannot consider her claim under the framework of ineffective assistance, Greenway asks us to adopt plain error review.  OPINION HOLDS: Because section 814.7 prevents us from deciding Greenway’s claim of ineffective assistance on direct appeal and she has not proved section 814.7 is unconstitutional, we affirm. 

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