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Case No. 18-0002

State of Iowa
Earl Booth-Harris

Earl Booth-Harris seeks further review after the court of appeals affirmed his conviction for first-degree murder. Booth-Harris contends the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress the photographic identification procedures because they were unduly suggestive and unreliable and violated his due process rights under the federal and state constitutions. He further claims his trial counsel was ineffective in failing to request a more thorough eyewitness identification instruction.

Des Moines


State of Iowa


Earl Booth-Harris

Attorneys for the Appellee

Darrel Mullins
Louis S. Sloven

Attorney for the Appellant

Nan Jennisch

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Oct 22, 2019 1:00 PM Iowa Supreme Court Courtroom


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 24, 2020
Date Amended:
Jul 07, 2020

Court of Appeals

Court of Appeals Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Apr 03, 2019

            Appeal from the Iowa District Court for Des Moines County, John G. Linn, Judge.  AFFIRMED.  Considered by Potterfield, P.J., and Tabor and Bower, JJ.  Opinion by Bower, J. (11 pages)

            Earl Booth-Harris appeals his conviction for murder in the first degree.  OPINION HOLDS: We find the district court properly denied Booth-Harris’s motion to suppress based on a claim of an impermissible suggestive identification procedure.  We preserve for a possible postconviction relief action defendant’s due process claim raised under the Iowa Constitution and his claim defense counsel should have requested a different eyewitness identification instruction.  We affirm Booth-Harris’s conviction for first-degree murder

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