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Case No. 20-1000

State of Iowa
v.
Kelvin Plain, Sr.

Following a remand ordered in State v. Plain, 898 N.W.2d 801 (Iowa 2017), Kelvin Plain appeals from the district court ruling denying his Sixth Amendment challenge to the racial composition of the jury pool. Plain contends 1) the number of African-Americans on his jury panel did not fairly and reasonably represent the proportion of African-Americans residing in Black Hawk County; 2) Black Hawk County’s jury management practices at the time of his trial contributed to the systematic underrepresentation of African-Americans on his jury panel; and 3) this court should reconsider its bright-line rule that jury management practices can never satisfy the third part of the Duren test under the Sixth Amendment.

County:
Black Hawk

Appellee

State of Iowa

Appellants

Kelvin Plain, Sr.

Attorneys for Appellee

Louis S. Sloven

Attorneys for Appellants

Gary Dickey

David S. Walker
Russell E. Lovell II

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule

15-5-20-5

Oct 20, 2021 1:30 PM

Briefs

Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
20-1000
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2022

Other Information

Date Retained:
Apr 28, 2021

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