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Case No. 20-1180

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Steven Jonas
v.
State of Iowa

Appellant

Steven Jonas

Appellee

State of Iowa

Attorneys for Appellant

Andy Dunn and Jessica Donels

Attorneys for Appellee

Linda J. Hines, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-1180
Date Published:
Apr 13, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Scott J. Beattie, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Bower, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Schumacher, JJ.  Opinion by Vaitheswaran, J.  (14 pages)

            Stephen Jonas appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief, contending his trial attorneys were ineffective in failing to (A) request additional peremptory strikes following “the denial of a motion to strike jurors for cause”; (B) “file a motion to suppress his statements” to police; (C) “make proper objections to” an agent’s testimony; and (D) object to hearsay, vouching, and handgun evidence.  He also contends his attorney on direct appeal was ineffective in failing to challenge a trial court ruling on a juror’s conduct.  OPINION HOLDS: We affirm the district court’s denial of the postconviction-relief application.

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