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Case No. 16-1328

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Duane Yates
State of Iowa


Duane Yates


State of Iowa

Attorneys for the Appellant

Jacob Mason
Duane Yates, pro se

Attorney for the Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, John D. Ackerman, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J. (4 pages)

Duane Yates appeals the district court order dismissing his motion to reopen a postconviction-relief (PCR) action that was dismissed ten years earlier due to his counsel’s failure to prosecute the matter.  OPINION HOLDS: Following the dismissal of his first PCR action, Yates had the opportunity to have his claims heard and decided on the merits.  He cannot relitigate those claims.  Accordingly, we affirm the denial of Yates’s motion to reopen the first PCR proceeding.

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