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Case No. 19-0377

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Christopher Lee Perry
State of Iowa


Christopher Lee Perry


State of Iowa

Attorneys for the Appellant

Geneva L. Williams (until withdrawal)
Peter Stiefel

Attorney for the Appellee

Sheryl Soich, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 16, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Linn County, Mary E. Chicchelly, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., Tabor, J., and Blane, S.J.  Opinion by Blane, S.J.  (12 pages)

            Postconviction relief applicant appeals the district court denial of his application finding criminal trial counsel’s failure to raise an intoxication defense was reasonable trial strategy.  OPINION HOLDS: We determine trial counsel breached an essential duty in failing to raise the intoxication defense, but in other respects was not incompetent and Perry was not prejudiced by counsel’s conduct.  We affirm.

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