Skip to main content
Iowa Judicial Branch
Main Content

Case No. 20-1346

Rodrigo Adolpho Amaya
State Public Defender

The State Public Defender appeals from a district court order granting the defendant’s motion for services at state expense and finding Iowa Code section 815.1 unconstitutional as applied under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution. The State Public Defender argues the statute does not deny the defendant the right to counsel, the right to effective assistance of counsel, or the right to hire private counsel of choice. It further argues the statute does not deny the defendant due process of law or violate equal protection.



Rodrigo Adolpho Amaya


State Public Defender

Attorneys for the Appellee

Benjamin D. Bergmann
Alexander Smith

Attorneys for the Appellant

William Bushell

Samuel P. Langholz
David M. Ranscht

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Mar 23, 2022 9:00 AM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Jun 24, 2022
Date Amended:
Aug 31, 2022

Other Information

Date Retained:
Jan 25, 2022
© 2024 Iowa Judicial Branch. All Rights Reserved.