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Case No. 17-1729

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State of Iowa
Ricky Leon Riddle


State of Iowa


Ricky Leon Riddle

Attorney for the Appellee

Zachary C. Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 10, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Lee (South) County, Michael J. Schilling, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Bower and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Potterfield, P.J.  (14 pages)

            Ricky Riddle appeals from his conviction after a jury verdict of intimidation with a dangerous weapon with intent, a class “C” felony.  He contends the district court abused its discretion when it allowed into evidence a recording of a jailhouse phone call of Riddle calling the State’s main witness.  Additionally, Riddle claims he was denied effective assistance because his trial counsel did not object to the prosecutor’s inflammatory statements, which amounted to prosecutorial error, during closing arguments.  OPINION HOLDS: The district court did not abuse its discretion when it admitted into evidence a recording of a phone call between Riddle and the complaining witness.  Additionally, because Riddle has not established a due process violation resulting from the prosecutor’s statements in closing argument, his claim of ineffective assistance cannot succeed.  We affirm.

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