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Case No. 20-0077

State of Iowa
Nathan Lee Brocks


State of Iowa


Nathan Lee Brocks

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Shellie L. Knipfer, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

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

            Nathan Brocks appeals his convictions for first-degree burglary, third-degree kidnapping, domestic abuse assault causing bodily injury, and obstruction of emergency communications.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the district court did not abuse its discretion in denying Brocks’s motions for mistrial.  We conclude the court did not abuse its discretion in ruling a defense witness’s proposed testimony that the victim used methamphetamine in the past was not relevant or admissible for impeachment purposes.  Furthermore, Brocks’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel cannot be raised in this direct appeal.  We affirm his convictions.

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