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Case No. 20-0771

Thomas G. Ruthers, Jr.
State of Iowa


Thomas G. Ruthers, Jr.


State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

Jack Bjornstad

Attorneys for Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Nov 03, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Cherokee County, Carl J. Petersen, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., May, J., and Doyle,S.J.  Opinion by Mullins, P.J.  (12 pages)

            Thomas Ruthers Jr. appeals the denial of his petition for a writ habeas corpus.  He argues his counsel in an underlying proceeding concerning his status as a sexually violent predator rendered ineffective assistance in failing to challenge his guilty plea in a criminal proceeding and object to hearsay evidence.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding no cause for reversal on the issues properly presented for our review, we affirm the denial of Ruthers’s petition for a writ of habeas corpus. 

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