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Case No. 20-0561

State of Iowa
v.
Richard Wayne Leedom

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Richard Wayne Leedom

Attorneys for Appellee

Darrel Mullins, Susan R. Krisko, and Thomas J. Ogden, Assistant Attorneys General

Attorneys for Appellant

Christine E. Branstad and Nathan Olson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0561
Date Published:
May 12, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Poweshiek County, Shawn R. Showers, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Greer and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (12 pages)

            Richard Leedom appeals the district court’s decision finding there was no exculpatory evidence in a sexual assault victim’s counseling records after conducting an in camera review of those records.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court did not err in interpreting the Iowa Supreme Court’s remand order or the relevant statutes concerning the privacy of mental-health records.  The court’s interpretation did not violate Leedom’s due process rights.  The court properly determined the records were confidential.  The court did not abuse its discretion in balancing the victim’s privacy interest against Leedom’s need for the information.  We affirm the decision of the district court.

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