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Case No. 22-1188

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State of Iowa
Lukouxs Alan Brown



State of Iowa


Lukouxs Alan Brown

Attorney for the Appellee

Kyle Hanson (until withdrawal), Louis S. Sloven, and Katherine Wenman, Assistant Attorneys General

Attorney for the Appellant

Melinda J. Nye, Assistant Appellate Defender

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 27, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Wright County, Gregg R. Rosenbladt, Judge.  REVERSED AND REMANDED WITH DIRECTIONS.  Heard by Tabor, P.J., and Badding and Buller, JJ.  Opinion by Badding, J.  Special Concurrence by Buller, J.  (24 pages)

                On interlocutory appeal, Lukouxs Brown challenges the district court’s ruling that he was restored to competency.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the preponderance of the evidence shows that Brown remains incompetent to stand trial but is making progress in regaining competency.  We accordingly reverse the district court’s decision and remand for the entry of an order suspending the criminal proceedings indefinitely and placing Brown in continued restoration treatment.  SPECIAL CONCURRENCE ASSERTS: I concur under Iowa’s unusual de novo standard of review but remain unconvinced the standard is correct.

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