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Case No. 21-0300

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In the Interest of B.L., Minor Child

B.L., Minor Child-Appellant

Attorney for Appellant Minor Child

Meret Thali

Attorney for Appellee State

Mary A. Triick, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Dec 15, 2021

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Plymouth County, Daniel P. Vakulskas, District Associate Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Heard by Greer, P.J., Badding, J., and Carr, S.J.  Opinion by Greer, P.J.  (12 pages)

            B.L. appeals the district court’s ruling that Iowa Code sections 232.147 and 232.150 (2020), which require his delinquency records to become public for at least two years, are constitutional.  The district court determined that, as the statutes were not punitive, they could not constitute cruel and unusual punishment.  OPINION HOLDS: The statutes are neither intended to be punitive nor so punitive in nature as to overcome their intent.  We affirm the district court’s ruling that they are constitutional. 

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