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Court of Appeals of Iowa.

John WASHBURNE, Applicant-Appellant, v. STATE of Iowa, Respondent-Appellee.

No. 18-1627

Decided: March 18, 2020

Considered by Bower, C.J., and May and Greer, JJ. Thomas Hurd of Greenberg & Hurd, LLP, Des Moines, for appellant. Thomas J. Miller, Attorney General, and Sharon K. Hall, Assistant Attorney General, for appellee State.

John Washburne appeals the summary dismissal of his second application for postconviction relief (PCR). We affirm.

Washburne argues Welch v. United States, 136 S. Ct. 1257, 1264 (2016), requires retroactive application of State v. Heemstra, 721 N.W.2d 549, 558 (Iowa 2006). Presumably, he also reasons Welch amounts to a new “ground of law” that could excuse his failure to file this action within three years—as is usually required in PCR cases. See Iowa Code § 822.3 (2016).1

We disagree. This court has already determined Welch neither requires retroactive application of Heemstra nor counts as a new “ground of law” for purposes of the PCR statute of limitations. See Davis v. State, No. 18-0078, 2019 WL 476478, at *1–2 (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 6, 2019); Pegram v. State, No. 17-0795, 2018 WL 2084828, at *3 (Iowa Ct. App. May 2, 2018); Graves v. State, No. 17-0350, 2018 WL 1863160, at *2 (Iowa Ct. App. Apr. 18, 2018); Dixon v. State, No. 16-1978, 2018 WL 739259, at *1–2 (Iowa Ct. App. Feb. 7, 2018).

We have no more to add to the PCR court's well-written order. We affirm the PCR court's summary dismissal of Washburne's PCR application without further opinion. See Iowa Ct. R. 21.26(1)(d), (e).



1.   Washburne's conviction was affirmed in 1997. See generally State v. Washburne, 574 N.W.2d 261 (Iowa 1997). He filed his second PCR application in 2016. Iowa Code section 822.3 provides, in relevant part, that PCR actions “must be filed within three years from the date the conviction or decision is final or, in the event of an appeal, from the date the writ of procedendo is issued.” It goes on to say, “[h]owever,” that this “limitation does not apply to a ground of fact or law that could not have been raised within the applicable time period.” Iowa Code § 822.3.

MAY, Judge.

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