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Judge overturns sex assault conviction of ex-U. Iowa student

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) -- A judge has overturned the conviction of an imprisoned former University of Iowa student accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the middle of campus.

Judge Douglas Russell ruled Wednesday that Evan Pfeifer didn't get a fair trial in 2012 because a prosecutor committed misconduct and his defense lawyer gave him ineffective counsel.

Pfeifer is charged with assaulting another student during a late-night encounter on the university's Pentacrest lawn in October 2010. Then an 18-year-old freshman, he contends the sex was consensual. A jury found him guilty and he was sentenced to 10 years.

Russell says a prosecutor asked improper questions of two witnesses that bolstered the alleged victim's credibility. He says Pfeifer's trial attorney should have objected to that testimony, and done more to question the woman's claims.

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