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Case No. 19-1259

State of Iowa
Howard J. Thompson

Howard Thompson appeals from a guilty verdict on two counts of attempting to obtain a prescription drug by deceit and one count of conspiracy to commit a non-forcible felony. Thompson argues the district court erred when it allowed the State to use evidence from court documents that was without foundation and irrelevant to prove he acted with fraudulent knowledge and intent. He further argues that Iowa Code section 814.6A (2019) impairs the court’s constitutional duty to secure justice for appellate litigants and violates the Iowa Constitution’s separation of powers clause.



State of Iowa


Howard J. Thompson

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas J. Ogden

Attorney for the Appellant

Kent A. Simmons

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Sep 17, 2020 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Feb 05, 2021
Date Amended:
Apr 06, 2021
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