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Case No. 17-0435

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Sessions L. Harper
State of Iowa


Sessions L. Harper


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Andrew J. Smith

Attorney for the Appellee

Kevin Cmelik, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 12, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Webster County, Thomas J. Bice, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., and Mullins and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, J. (20 pages)

           Sessions Harper appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR).  In addition to his various pro se claims of ineffective assistance of counsel, he contends the district court erred in concluding his trial counsel did not render ineffective assistance of counsel in failing to object to an allegedly improper jury instruction on the crime of first-degree kidnapping and abused its discretion in declining to admit certain evidence in the PCR trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the denial of Harper’s PCR application. 

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