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Case No. 17-1279

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Michael Howard Lang
State of Iowa


Michael Howard Lang


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Rees Conrad Douglas

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 19, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Woodbury County, Edward A. Jacobson, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J.  (9 pages)

            Michael Lang appeals on multiple grounds the district court’s dismissal of his application for postconviction relief filed in 2016 and his 2017 supplemental application.  OPINION HOLDS: Lang claims structural error in the court’s decision, but the record is inadequate for us to evaluate this claim.  We find most of Lang’s claims are time-barred, have been previously decided, or are otherwise not properly before this court.  We find the new evidence challenging hair analysis at trial would not have changed the result of the trial.  We affirm.

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