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Case No. 21-1997

Desmond Deandre Reeves
State of Iowa



Desmond Deandre Reeves


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Christopher M. Raker

Attorney for the Appellee

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 08, 2023

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Jackson County, Stuart P. Werling, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Greer and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (9 pages)

            Desmond Reeves appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief, contending the district court erred in rejecting his ineffective-assistance claims because counsel (1) was distracted by his own pending criminal charges and (2) failed to request “a jury instruction clarifying who the person was taking photos of the jury.”  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s denial of Reeves’s application for postconviction relief, finding Reeves failed to meet his burden to prove ineffective assistance.    

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