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Case No. 21-0145

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State of Iowa
v.
Raul Casillas Martinez

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellant

Raul Casillas Martinez

Attorneys for Appellee

Zachary Miller, Assistant Attorney General

Attorneys for Appellant

Priscilla E. Forsyth

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
21-0145
Date Published:
May 11, 2022
Summary

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Crawford County, John D. Ackerman, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED.  Heard by Vaitheswaran, P.J., and Tabor and Badding, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  (13 pages)

                Raul Martinez appeals his convictions for specified unlawful activity, two counts of possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver, and failure to affix a drug-tax stamp.  He argues the district court abused its discretion by overruling his hearsay objections to the admission of an investigative report written by law enforcement and a search warrant application, and their admission violated his constitutional right to confrontation.  OPINION HOLDS: Finding the violation of Martinez’s right to confrontation was not harmless, we reverse his convictions on counts one, two, three, and five, and we remand for a new trial on those counts.

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