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Case No. 20-1536

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Krystal May Hunter
The Iowa District Court for Polk County


Krystal May Hunter


The Iowa District Court for Polk County

Attorney for the Appellant

Katherine S. Sargent

Attorney for the Appellee

Marcy Lundberg

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 15, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, Scott D. Rosenberg, Judge.  WRIT SUSTAINED, ORDER VACATED, AND CASE REMANDED.  Considered by Mullins, P.J., and May and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Mullins, P.J.  (8 pages)

            On certiorari, Krystal Hunter challenges the legality of a district court ruling finding her in contempt and awarding attorney fees to the opposing party, Matthew Howe.  Matthew requests an award of appellate attorney fees.  OPINION HOLDS: Being unable to agree with the district court that substantial evidence supports a finding that Krystal’s actions amounted to willful disobedience of the order of protection, we vacate the finding of contempt, the sentence imposed, and the award of attorney fees in favor of Matthew.  We remand for the entry of a district court order effectuating this opinion.  Matthew’s request for appellate attorney fees is denied.

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