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Case No. 21-1772

State of Iowa
v.
Dustin Elliott Williams

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Dustin Elliott Williams

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-1772
Date Published:
Nov 17, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Jeffrey Farrell, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Tabor, J., and Vogel, S.J.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (9 pages)

            Dustin Williams appeals the denial of his Batson challenge following his convictions for possession of controlled substances.  See generally Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79 (1986).  He contends the State struck a “multiracial” potential juror in violation of the Equal Protection Clause.  The State responds the prosecutor had a credible, race-neutral reason for the strike, and the district court correctly denied the challenge.  OPINION HOLDS: Relying on the perceptions of the district court, we also find the Batson challenge should be denied.   

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