State v. DraineAnnotate this Case
The Supreme Court affirmed the judgment of the court of appeals affirming the judgment of the district court convicting Defendant of willful injury resulting in serious injury, in violation of Iowa Code 708.4(1), holding that this Court had jurisdiction to hear the appeal.
After the court of appeals affirmed Defendant's conviction Defendant asked the Supreme Court for further review, which the Court granted on June 18, 2019. On July 1, 2019, an amendment to Iowa Code 814.6(1) became effective. The amendment denies a defendant the right of appeal from a guilty plea, except for a guilty plea to a class "A" felony or in a case where a defendant establishes good cause. At issue in this appeal was whether this Court had jurisdiction of the appeal regarding Defendant's guilty plea or the district court's denial of Defendant's motion in arrest of judgment under the amendment. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding (1) this Court has jurisdiction of this appeal; and (2) the court of appeals decision stands as the final decision as to Defendant's claims on appeal.