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Case No. 19-1882

Martin Beaulieu
State of Iowa


Martin Beaulieu


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Peter M. Sand

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 17, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Scott J. Beattie, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (10 pages)

            Martin Beaulieu appeals the district court’s dismissal of his postconviction relief (PCR).  Beaulieu’s case differs from common PCR claims in two ways.  First, he waived his right to counsel, and second, he was charged with simple misdemeanors.  Beaulieu contends that he presented sufficient reason for not raising a timely appeal to his guilty pleas and was prejudiced as a result. OPINION HOLDS: Because we find Beaulieu’s health crisis constituted sufficient reason for his untimely appeal, we reverse the district court’s decision and remand with directions.

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