Court rules vouching testimony objectionable

The Court of Appeals of Iowa reversed and remanded defendant’s conviction for sexual abuse in the second degree involving a child due to trial counsel’s failure to “perform an essential duty when he failed to object to testimony indirectly vouching for the complainant’s credibility and truthfulness”. The Court reasoned that the “probability of a different result
is sufficient to undermine our confidence in the outcome of the proceedings”.
State v. Jernagel, 2017 Iowa App. LEXIS 8

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