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Case No. 20-0536

Ricky Leon Riddle
State of Iowa


Ricky Leon Riddle


State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

William Monroe

Attorneys for Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 30, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Lee (South) County, Mary Ann Brown, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (5 pages)

            Ricky Riddle appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR) following his 2017 conviction for intimidation with a dangerous weapon.  He claims his trial counsel was ineffective because she failed to utilize statements from a pretrial deposition to impeach a witness.  OPINION HOLDS: Because trial counsel elicited the information from the State’s witness that Riddle maintains the jury needed to hear, and he has not established that doing so in a different way would have led to his acquittal, Riddle has not demonstrated the requisite prejudice element of ineffective assistance.  And we do not consider Riddle’s new claim that trial counsel committed structural error.  We affirm denial of Riddle’s PCR application.

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