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Case No. 17-1543

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Bruce Evan Martin
State of Iowa


Bruce Evan Martin


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Lauren M. Phelps

Attorney for the Appellee

Kelli A. Huser, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 01, 2018

Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Scott County, Joel W. Barrows, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Doyle and Mullins, JJ.  Opinion by Doyle, J. (5 pages)

           Bruce Martin appeals the order granting summary disposition of his fifth application for postconviction relief (PCR).  OPINION HOLDS: The “newly discovered evidence” claims Martin raised in his fifth PCR application were either litigated in an earlier PCR proceeding or not proven to be newly discovered.  Accordingly, we affirm the order granting the State’s motion for summary disposition of his PCR action.  Because the result of the PCR proceeding would not have changed had PCR counsel performed as Martin suggests, his claim of ineffective assistance of PCR counsel also fails.

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