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Case No. 21-0481

State of Iowa
Matthew David Fell


State of Iowa


Matthew David Fell

Attorney for the Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Patrick W. O'Bryan

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 02, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Patrice Eichman, District Associate Judge.  APPEAL DISMISSED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (2 pages)

            Matthew Fell appeals the district court’s acceptance of his guilty plea and imposition of a judgment because his plea was not knowingly, voluntarily, and intelligently entered and he received ineffective assistance of standby counsel.  OPINION HOLDS: Fell cannot establish good cause to appeal from his guilty plea because he waived his right to file a motion in arrest of judgment after being adequately advised of his right to do so, and this court is without authority to decide ineffective-assistance claims on direct appeal.

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