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Case No. 21-1005

Santenio Delamike Ackiss
State of Iowa


Santenio Delamike Ackiss


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Kevin Hobbs

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 30, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Michael D. Huppert, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Greer and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Greer, J.  (12 pages)

            Santenio Ackiss appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR) following his conviction for one count of child endangerment and one count of child endangerment causing bodily injury.  He argues he received ineffective assistance from trial counsel when trial counsel failed to make hearsay, Turecek, or Confrontation Clause objections to body camera footage allowed into evidence.  He also argues his counsel was ineffective in guiding him to waive his right to a jury trial.  OPINION HOLDS: Ackiss’s trial counsel breached no essential duty by not making meritless objections at trial.  Ackiss has failed to prove he suffered prejudice in having a bench trial rather than a jury trial.  We affirm the district court’s denial of his application for PCR.

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