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Case No. 17-1095

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State of Iowa
v.
Steven Chaney

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Steven Chaney

Attorneys for Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Thomas A. Hurd

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-1095
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Cheryl E. Traum, District Associate Judge.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  AFFIRMED.  Opinion by Mullins, J.  (7 pages)

            Steven Chaney appeals his convictions, following a jury trial, of assault on a peace officer and interference with official acts, contending the district court abused its discretion in denying his motion in limine requesting exclusion of a portion of a video displaying the circumstances of his arrest.  Chaney specifically argues the evidence’s probative value was substantially outweighed by the danger of unfair prejudice.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the danger of unfair prejudice, if any, did not substantially outweigh the challenged evidence’s probative value.  In the alternative, we conclude any possible prejudice flowing from the challenged evidence was harmless, as the jury’s mixed verdict reveals it was not unduly inflamed and the convictions were supported by overwhelming evidence of guilt.  We affirm Chaney’s convictions.

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