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Case No. 20-0176

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State of Iowa
James David Harwood Jr.


State of Iowa


James David Harwood Jr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Steven E. Goodlow

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Sep 23, 2020

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Mahaska County, Crystal S. Cronk, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (2 pages)

            James Harwood Jr. pleaded guilty to sexual abuse in the third degree.  He appeals, claiming his counsel was ineffective in allowing him to plead guilty without properly investigating or raising an issue as to his mental capacity.  OPINION HOLDS: By operation of statute, we lack jurisdiction to hear Harwood’s appeal.

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