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Case No. 18-0967

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Richard Joseph Ehler
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Richard Joseph Ehler

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

George B. Jones

Attorneys for Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
18-0967
Date Published:
Sep 11, 2019
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Warren County, Thomas P. Murphy, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Potterfield and Tabor, JJ.  Opinion by Tabor, J.  (21 pages)

            Richard Ehler appeals the district court’s denial of his application for postconviction relief, arguing counsel was ineffective for failing to adequately research the viability of his speedy-trial claim.  OPINION HOLDS: Plea counsel breached a duty by failing to understand the applicable speedy-trial standard.  And because counsel’s failure influenced Ehler’s decision to plead guilty, it resulted in prejudice to Ehler.  We remand the case to the district court with instructions to grant Ehler’s PCR application, vacate the guilty plea, and dismiss the trial information.

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