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Case No. 17-1372

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State of Iowa
Paul Joseph Hopkins


State of Iowa


Paul Joseph Hopkins

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Theresa R. Wilson, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 15, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Monroe County, Lucy J. Gamon, Judge.  AFFIRMED IN PART, REVERSED IN PART, AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, P.J. (8 pages)

            Paul Hopkins appeals his conviction for extortion, challenging (1) his trial attorney’s failure to request a jury instruction defining the “threat” required for extortion and (2) the district court’s colloquy to establish whether his post-trial waiver of his right to counsel was knowing, voluntary, and intelligent.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the jury’s finding of guilt.  We affirm the jury’s finding of guilt, which was obtained with counsel.  We reverse the uncounseled post-trial proceedings and remand for post-trial proceedings with the benefit of counsel or a knowing, intelligent and voluntary waiver of counsel. 

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