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Case No. 20-0704

Brittany Rae Beek
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Brittany Rae Beek

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

Travis M. Visser-Armbrust

Attorneys for Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-0704
Date Published:
Nov 03, 2021
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Floyd County, Christopher C. Foy, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Potterfield, S.J.  Opinion by Potterfield, S.J.  (10 pages)

            Brittany Beek appeals the denial of her application for postconviction relief (PCR).  She challenges the district court’s ruling, arguing it should have found she received ineffective assistance of trial counsel and granted her application.  On appeal, Beek (1) maintains trial counsel breached an essential duty when she failed to object to improper vouching testimony by one of the State’s experts and (2) challenges counsel’s strategy as it pertained to confronting the complaining witnesses at the underlying criminal trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We agree with the district court that Beek failed to prove her claims of ineffective assistance.  We affirm the denial of her PCR application.

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