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Case No. 23-0479

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Joseph Nicholas Itani
State of Iowa



Joseph Nicholas Itani


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Francis Hurley

Attorney for the Appellee

Joseph D. Ferrentino, Assistant Attorney General

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 10, 2024

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Polk County, David Porter, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Tabor, P.J., and Badding and Chicchelly, JJ.  Opinion by Chicchelly, J.  (7 pages)

            Joseph Itani appeals the denial of his application for postconviction relief (PCR) after he pled guilty to enticing a minor under the age of sixteen with a sexual purpose.  On appeal, he contends his trial counsel provided ineffective assistance by allowing him to plead guilty without a factual basis and failing to advise him of an available defense.  OPINION HOLDS: Because we find Itani failed to establish his trial counsel was ineffective, we affirm the denial of his PCR application.

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