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Case No. 19-1101

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State of Iowa
Robert James Cook


State of Iowa


Robert James Cook

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Elizabeth K. Johnson

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Palo Alto County, Ann M. Gales, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., Schumacher, J., and Scott, S.J.  Opinion by Scott, S.J.  (15 pages)

                Robert Cook appeals his conviction of operating while under the influence (OWI).  He argues the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence allegedly obtained in violation of his constitutional right against unreasonable seizures, statutory rights under Iowa Code section 804.20 (2018), and statutory implied-consent procedures.  Alternatively, he claims one of his attorneys was ineffective in waiving his ninety-day speedy-trial right without authority and another of his attorneys was ineffective in stipulating to the admission of certain evidence at trial.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the denial of Cook’s motion to suppress and find Cook’s attorneys were not ineffective as alleged.  We affirm Cook’s conviction of OWI. 

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