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Case No. 17-0641

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In re the Detention of Cory Blake West

Cory Blake West, Respondent-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant

Jason Dunn

Attorney for Appellee State

Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018

           Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wapello County, Shawn R. Showers, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., Vogel, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Danilson, C.J. (10 pages)

           Cory West appeals from the jury verdict finding that his mental abnormality has not changed such that he is suitable for discharge from civil commitment as a sexually violent predator (SVP).  OPINION HOLDS: The jury was free to reject West’s expert’s opinion and accept the opinion of the State’s expert.  The record reveals substantial evidence from which the jury could find beyond a reasonable doubt that West remains subject to confinement as a SVP. 

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