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Case No. 19-1919

State of Iowa
Tyjuan Levell Tucker


State of Iowa


Tyjuan Levell Tucker

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Andy Dunn and Jessica Donels

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 12, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, William P. Kelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (10 pages)

            Tyjuan Tucker appeals his conviction of possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, challenging: (1) the sufficiency of the evidence; (2) the district court’s finding the underrepresentation of African-Americans in the jury pool was not due to “systematic exclusion”; (3) trial counsel’s failure to present expert testimony on the “systematic exclusion” issue; and the district court’s exclusion of both (4) documents related to a prior settlement involving Tucker, and (5) portions of body camera footage of his arrest.  OPINION HOLDS: The conviction is affirmed as: (1) there was sufficient evidence to support the jury’s verdict; (2) there was insufficient evidence of systematic exclusion; (3) Tucker is foreclosed from raising his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim on direct appeal; and the district court did not abuse its discretion in excluding either (4) the settlement documents or (5) portions of the footage of his arrest.

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