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Case No. 21-1393

State of Iowa
Jean Lynn Lillie


State of Iowa


Jean Lynn Lillie

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Denise M. Gonyea

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jul 20, 2022

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Mark C. Cord, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by May, P.J., and Greer and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Chicchelly, J.  (12 pages)

            Jean Lynn Lillie appeals her conviction for assault with a dangerous weapon, an aggravated misdemeanor, in violation of Iowa Code section 708.2(3) (2020).  She raises eight issues on appeal, arguing the district court erred by: (1) allowing the State to amend the minutes of testimony two days before trial, violating her due process rights; (2) denying her motion to strike one of the jurors for cause, violating her right to a fair trial; (3) denying her motion for mistrial when a witness violated the sequestration order, violating her right to a fair trial; (4) denying her motion for judgment of acquittal because the State presented insufficient evidence to establish a prima facie case; (5) denying her motion for mistrial based on a juror’s inability to understand and speak English, violating her right to a fair trial; (6) denying a motion to dismiss based on the violation of her right to a speedy trial; (7) conducting irregular bond proceedings, violating her rights to due process and to be free from cruel and unusual punishment; and (8) violating her right to counsel by allowing her attorney to withdraw.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding no reversible error, we affirm the conviction.

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