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Case No. 17-1333

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State of Iowa
v.
Kenneth Tennant

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Kenneth Tennant

Attorneys for Appellee

Timothy Hau, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Lauren M. Phelps

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
17-1333
Date Published:
Oct 24, 2018
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Paul L. Macek and Marlita A. Greve, Judges.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Danilson, C.J., Tabor, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion Per Curiam.  (23 pages)

            Kenneth Tennant appeals from his conviction and sentence for tampering with a juror.  On appeal, he alleges (1) the trial court should have granted his motion for mistrial; (2) he should have been allowed to play a specific video for the jury; (3) the court should have granted his motion for judgment of acquittal; (4) the court should have sustained his objection to various jury instructions; (5) the statute under which he was convicted is void for vagueness; (6) the statute violates his First Amendment right to free speech; (7) the trial court should have appointed him standby counsel, and (8) he was subjected to a disparate sentence.  OPINION HOLDS: After our review of the record in this appeal, we find Tennant’s appeal on each issue either has not been preserved or has no merit.  The conviction, judgment, and sentence are affirmed.

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