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Case No. 21-0145

State of Iowa
Raul Casillas Martinez


State of Iowa


Raul Casillas Martinez

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Priscilla E. Forsyth

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 11, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, John D. Ackerman, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (13 pages)

                Raul Martinez appeals his convictions for specified unlawful activity, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and failure to affix a drug-tax stamp.  He argues the district court abused its discretion by overruling his hearsay objections to the admission of an investigative report written by law enforcement and a search warrant application, and their admission violated his constitutional right to confrontation.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding the violation of Martinez’s right to confrontation was not harmless, we reverse his convictions on counts one, two, three, and five, and we remand for a new trial on those counts.

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