Iowa court reverses decision in dead inmate's case
DES MOINES (AP)--The Iowa Supreme Court has reversed a lower court's ruling in a case of an inmate who challenged the revocation of his work release, but died during the course of his appeal.
Valentino Maghee was sent back to prison for violating several rules of his work release.
He filed an application for postconviction-relief action, or a request that a conviction or sentence be corrected or vacated. A district court dismissed his request, saying he should have challenged the revocation under administrative rules. During his appeal, Maghee died.
In Friday's ruling, the court says Maghee properly chose the postconviction-relief action and reversed the lower court's decision. Despite Maghee's death, the court says issues raised by his case will likely recur and public officials and prisoners "would benefit from such guidelines."
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