Any post-conviction work is time-consuming, it can easily take a year or so to bring matters to a close. Having said that, a year and four months is a bit on the long end. You should call the clerk of court tomorrow to find out what is going on with the case. They should be able to clarify if something is pending or if the matter has been resolved.
Additionally, if he has an attorney, whether a private attorney or a public defender, you can check with the attorney as well. Even though your father is the client, the attorney should be willing to speak with you about the matter as well.
Federal courts have clerks as well, just like the state systems. As such, you can still contact the clerk for the federal court in which your father was convicted. Additionally, all the federal courts have websites, the sites list many of the cases that are active. If you desire, you could always check their website to see if your father's case is listed.
Thank you for the information. Give me a few moments and I'll see what I can find for you.
Thanks for your patience.
Unfortunately, the Iowa Southern District's website does not appear to have tracking information on your father's case. However, you can still contact the clerk directly tomorrow morning to get the information.
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