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Case No. 22-1359

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Jared John Thomas Owens
State of Iowa



Jared John Thomas Owens


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Christopher J. Roth

Attorney for the Appellee

Bridget A. Chambers, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Mar 06, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Pottawattamie County, Michael Hooper, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Greer, P.J., and Schumacher and Ahlers, JJ.  Opinion by Ahlers, J.  (10 pages)

            Jared Owens appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR).  Owens raises claims of prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel.  OPINION HOLDS: Because Owens pleaded guilty part way through his criminal trial, he waived challenges to errors not intrinsic to his plea and cannot directly raise his claim of prosecutorial misconduct.  Owens cannot establish any of his claims of ineffective assistance of counsel because trial counsel had no duty to make a meritless objection to claimed prosecutorial misconduct, and Owens did not establish prejudice regarding his other claims.

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