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Case No. 20-0280

State of Iowa
v.
Jordan McKim Crawford

Jordan Crawford seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed his convictions of aiding and abetting first-degree robbery and ongoing criminal conduct. The court of appeals found error was not preserved on Crawford’s challenges to the sufficiency of the evidence. Crawford claims his attorney failed to properly challenge the sufficiency of the evidence to support his convictions. Crawford requests the court adopt plain error review for sufficiency-of-the-evidence challenges to convictions based upon jury verdicts.

County:
Jefferson

Resister

State of Iowa

Applicants

Jordan McKim Crawford

Attorneys for Resister

Zachary Miller

Attorneys for Applicants

Maria Ruhtenberg
Allison Adams, Student Intern

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-15-5

Mar 31, 2022 9:30 AM Drake Legal Clinic Neal & Bea Smith Law Center 2400 University Avenue, Des Moines

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0280
Date Published:
May 20, 2022

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0280
Date Published:
Sep 22, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jefferson County, Lucy J. Gamon, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer, JJ, and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, J. (14 pages)

            Jordan McKim-Crawford appeals his conviction of armed robbery in the first degree and ongoing criminal conduct because of insufficient evidence.  Crawford argues the district court should have sustained their motion for judgment of acquittal because the State failed to prove that (1) he aided and abetted in the armed robbery, (2) he knew a gun would be used in the robbery, or (3) he was part of the ongoing enterprise of taking the stolen money to purchase marijuana for later sale.  OPINION HOLDS: Error was not preserved on armed robbery.  Error was preserved in part as to ongoing criminal conduct regarding the commission of a specified illicit act.  Substantial evidence was provided linking Crawford to the purchase and attempted sale of marijuana.  We affirm the district court’s holding.

Other Information

Date Further Review is Granted:
Jan 28, 2022
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