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In re the Detention of Cory Blake West
Cory Blake West, Respondent-Appellant
Attorney for Appellant
Attorney for Appellee State
Timothy M. Hau, Assistant Attorney General
Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals Opinion
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.