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Case No. 21-0706

James Lee Maclin
State of Iowa


James Lee Maclin


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

David R. Fiester

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
May 11, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mary Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Badding, J., and Scott, S.J.  Chicchelly, J., takes no part.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (6 pages)

            James Maclin appeals the dismissal of his application for postconviction relief (PCR), asserting trial counsel offered constitutionally deficient representation in failing to present expert testimony on the issue of diminished capacity, by “opening the door” to prior-bad-acts testimony, and failing to request a more specific answer to a jury question about lesser-included offenses.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Maclin has not proved his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims, we affirm the dismissal of his PCR application.

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