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Case No. 17-2097

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State of Iowa
Clay Thomas Paulson


State of Iowa


Clay Thomas Paulson

Attorney for the Appellee

Tyler J. Buller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Jesse A. Macro Jr.

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 19, 2018

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Boone County, Steven J. Oeth, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vogel, P.J., and Vaitheswaran and McDonald, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (6 pages)

            Clay Thomas Paulson appeals his convictions for possession of a controlled substance, a tax stamp violation, and possession of a prescription drug without a prescription raising claims of insufficient evidence and trial court error in admitting certain hearsay statements.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude the jury’s findings of guilt on all three crimes were supported by substantial evidence.  We affirm the district court’s evidentiary ruling on the uncontested Iowa Rule of Evidence 5.403 grounds without prejudice to Paulson’s right to raise the hearsay issue in a postconviction relief action. 

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