from the Iowa District Court for Boone County, Paul G.
Crawford, District Associate Judge.
Thomas Paulson appeals his convictions and sentence for
suborning perjury and solicitation to suborn perjury.
L. Dirks of Dirks Law Firm, Ames, for appellant.
J. Miller, Attorney General, and Kyle Hanson, Assistant
Attorney General, for appellee.
Considered by Vogel, C.J., and Vaitheswaran and Doyle, JJ.
a vehicle stop, Boone police officers discovered drugs in a
black, star-covered backpack situated on the floorboard near
where Clay Thomas Paulson had been seated. A woman told an
officer she saw Paulson with the backpack. The State charged
him with several drug-related crimes, a jury found him
guilty, and this court affirmed his judgment and sentence.
See State v. Paulson, No. 17-2097, 2018 WL 6706221,
at *2-3 (Iowa Ct. App. Dec. 19, 2018).
his trial in the drug case, Paulson texted a friend, seeking
to have the woman "take her statement back." In a
later deposition, the woman stated she "did not
tell" the officer the backpack "belonged to Clay
State separately charged Paulson with suborning perjury and
solicitation to suborn perjury. A jury found Paulson guilty
as charged and imposed sentence.
appeal from the perjury convictions, Paulson argues (1) the
evidence was insufficient evidence to support the jury's
findings of guilt and (2) the district court erred in
admitting hearsay evidence.
Sufficiency of the Evidence
jury was instructed that the State would have to prove the
following elements of suborning perjury:
1. On or about the 22nd day of December, 2016, the defendant
procured a second person to make a statement of fact.
2. The statement of fact was to be made under oath.
3. The statement was false.
4. The defendant knew the statement was false when he
procured the second ...