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Case No. 19-1461

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State of Iowa
v.
Cassandra K. Greenway

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Cassandra K. Greenway

Attorneys for Appellee

Martha E. Trout, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Curtis Dial

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
19-1461
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Black Hawk County, Andrea J. Dryer, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Mullins and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (5 pages)

            Cassandra Greenway appeals the district court order denying her motion in arrest of judgment following her guilty plea.  On appeal, Greenway argues her motion should have been granted because her guilty plea was not knowingly and voluntarily entered.  She asserts her attorney was unprepared to go to trial, so she had no choice but to plead guilty.  OPINION HOLDS:

Since Greenway’s guilty plea was accepted before July 1, 2019, recent amendments to Iowa Code section 814.6 do not apply, Greenway has the statutory right to appeal, and we have jurisdiction to hear the appeal.  To the extent Greenway’s claim on appeal is an attempt to assert an ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claim, we are unable to address it.  To the extent Greenway is arguing her motion in arrest of judgment should have been granted on the merits, the record demonstrates no abuse of discretion by the district court.  We affirm.

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