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Case No. 19-1605

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State of Iowa
Antonio J. Cooks


State of Iowa


Antonio J. Cooks

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Lauren M. Phelps

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 16, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Muscatine County, Henry W. Latham II, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., Schumacher, J., and Danilson, S.J.  Tabor, J., takes no part.  Opinion by Schumacher, J.  (11 pages)

            Antonio Cooks appeals his conviction for robbery in the second degree.  OPINION HOLDS: Cooks failed to show the jury’s verdict was not supported by substantial evidence or that it was contrary to the weight of the evidence.  Cooks did not preserve error on his claim concerning the jury instructions, and therefore, we do not address this issue.  Also, Cooks did not preserve error on his claim that the jury venire did not represent a fair cross-section of the community.  Finally, Cooks has not shown the State engaged in purposeful discrimination in exercising peremptory challenges, and we conclude he is not entitled to a new trial based on his claims under Batson v. Kentucky, 476 U.S. 79, 89 (1986).  We affirm Cooks’s conviction.

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