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Case No. 20-0903

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State of Iowa
Jeffrey Scott Gundersen


State of Iowa


Jeffrey Scott Gundersen

Attorney for the Appellee

Katie Krickbaum, Assistant Attorney General

Attorney for the Appellant

Maria Ruhtenberg, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Aug 18, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Harrison County, Margaret Reyes, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Schumacher, J. (4 pages)

            Jeffrey Gundersen appeals his conviction for assault causing bodily injury.  On appeal, Gundersen claims he received ineffective assistance of counsel.  OPINION HOLDS: We conclude that based on Iowa Code section 814.7 (Supp. 2019), we cannot consider Gundersen’s claims of ineffective assistance of counsel in this direct appeal.  Such claims must be raised in postconviction relief proceedings.  Also, we do not apply a plain error rule.  We affirm Gundersen’s conviction.

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