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Case No. 21-0411

Arzel Jones
State of Iowa

Arzel Jones filed a pro se notice of appeal from the denial of his application for postconviction relief. Jones argues the district court (1) erred in denying his ineffective-assistance-of-counsel claims, (2) abused its discretion in denying his investigator and expert requests, and (3) prevented him from presenting evidence in support of his actual innocence claim. Jones further argues Iowa Code section 822.3A(1)—which prohibits pro se filings from applicants who are represented by counsel—does not apply to his notice of appeal. If it applies, Jones argues the statute violates the separation of powers doctrine. Alternatively, Jones requests this court grant a delayed appeal.



Arzel Jones


State of Iowa

Attorney for the Appellant

Jamie Hunter

Attorney for the Appellee

Thomas E. Bakke

Supreme Court

Oral Argument Schedule


Sep 15, 2022 1:30 PM


Supreme Court Opinion

Opinion Number:
Date Published:
Oct 21, 2022
Date Amended:
Dec 21, 2022

Other Information

Date Retained:
Apr 26, 2022
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