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Iowa Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments at Coe College

February 15, 2018

Des Moines, February 15, 2018   The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Coe College, 1220 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids, February 21 at 2:00 p.m. in the Daehler-Kitchen Auditorium. The court will hear two cases. Following the oral arguments, the court of appeals judges will take questions from the audience.  The hearings are open to the public, and the court encourages people to attend.

The court will hear attorneys argue the cases of Troy Williams v. State, from Scott County, and State v. Tracy Klinkkammer from Johnson County.

Coe College
February 21 at 2:00 p.m.
1220 1st Avenue NE, Cedar Rapids
in the Daehler-Kitchen Auditorium

17-0431 Williams v. State 

Case context:

Troy Williams appeals from the denial of his application for postconviction relief, arguing his postconviction relief attorney’s performance was so deficient as to constitute “structural error.”


17-0852 State v. Klinkkammer 

Case context:

Tracy Klinkkammer appeals from his conviction for operating while under the influence, claiming the district court erred in denying his motion to suppress evidence obtained without complying with Iowa Code section 804.20, relating to a defendant’s right to make a telephone call.


The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions the Iowa Supreme Court has transferred to it. A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless the Iowa Supreme Court reviews it on grant of further review. Some opinions of the Iowa Court of Appeals are published and become precedent for subsequent cases. The Iowa Court of Appeals decides the majority of appeals filed in Iowa.

Appeals cases are a multi-judge review of a single judge’s decision. There are no jury members at these proceedings. Typically, the court of appeals decides cases with randomly selected panels that change in composition every three months. The appellate court process will allow Coe students, faculty, staff, and the public to develop a perspective on how courts operate. For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa court system, visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website at        

Note to news media

News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments. Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at .


For More Information:

News Release
February 15, 2018
Contact: Steve Davis, (515) 725-8058 or

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