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Case No. 19-1624

State of Iowa
Cornelius Gully


State of Iowa


Cornelius Gully

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 04, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Gina Badding, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., Greer, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Tabor, P.J.  (3 pages)

            Cornelius Gully appeals his conviction for first-degree burglary, raising a claim of ineffective assistance of counsel.  OPINION HOLDS: Because a legislative amendment to Iowa Code section 814.7 (2019) removed our authority to hear ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims on direct appeal, we cannot decide Gully’s challenge.  Thus, he must raise his claim in a postconviction‑relief action.  We affirm. 

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