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Case No. 20-1000

State of Iowa
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.

Black Hawk


State of Iowa


Kelvin Plain, Sr.

Attorney for the Appellee

Louis S. Sloven

Attorneys for the Appellant

Gary Dickey

David S. Walker
Russell E. Lovell II

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Oct 20, 2021 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jan 21, 2022

Other Information

Date Retained:
Apr 28, 2021
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