US Wrestler Cites Pressure To Waive Jury Trial In Abuse Case

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A U.S. wrestler who spent years in prison for a sexual assault he denies testified Thursday that he was pressured by his coach and lawyers to waive his right to a jury trial.

Jordan Holm is seeking a new trial based on claims that he received ineffective assistance from his lawyers.

Holm, 35, was convicted of sexually assaulting a University of Iowa student after an off-campus party in 2002. The former Minnesota state champion was a star University of Northern Iowa wrestler at the time.

After nearly seven years in prison, Holm became a U.S. Open champion in the Greco-Roman discipline and nearly qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team last year.

The prosecutor testified Thursday that the decision to waive a jury trial was ridiculous because Johnson County juries are notoriously pro-defendant. A judge later found Holm guilty.

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