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Case No. 20-0362

Nathan Paul Valin
State of Iowa


Nathan Paul Valin


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Nathan A. Mundy of Mundy Law Office, P.C.

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 15, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, William P. Kelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (7 pages)

            Nathan Valin appeals the district court decision denying his request for postconviction relief (PCR).  Valin claimed he was entitled to a new trial because he was improperly stopped by an Iowa Department of Transportation (DOT) motor vehicle enforcement officer who did not have authority to stop vehicles or make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.  OPINION HOLDS: We find State v. Werner, 919 N.W.2d 375 (Iowa 2018) does not apply retroactively because the opinion clarified a procedural rule, rather than substantive.  We affirm the decision of the district court.

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