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Case No. 20-0753

Bruce Allen Rankin
State of Iowa


Bruce Allen Rankin


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Susan R. Stockdale

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 16, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Margaret Reyes, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Tabor and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, C.J.  (3 pages)

            Bruce Rankin appeals from a district court ruling denying him postconviction relief, asserting his trial counsel was ineffective in failing to request the court conduct a colloquy to determine whether his waiver of his right to testify was knowing and voluntary.  OPINION HOLDS: In Schertz v. State, 380 N.W.2d 404, 415 (Iowa 1985), our supreme court held trial courts are not required to conduct a colloquy concerning a defendant’s decision whether or not to testify.  Because Rankin’s counsel was not required to raise a meritless claim, his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim fails.

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