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Case No. 20-1666

State of Iowa
William Emmette Stark


State of Iowa


William Emmette Stark

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Applicant

Eric W. Manning

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 12, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Heather Lauber, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Schumacher, P.J., Ahlers, J., and Doyle, S.J.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (6 pages)

            William Stark appeals his guilty plea. He also claims his counsel was ineffective.  OPINION HOLDS: We grant discretionary review of the denial of Stark’s motion in arrest of judgment but find no abuse of discretion in the denial.  As to Stark’s ineffective-assistance claim, because Iowa Code section 814.7 (2020) prohibits direct appeals for claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, we do not consider his ineffective-assistance claim.  Consequently, we affirm.

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