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Petitioner must specifically claim that appellate counsel was ineffective

The petitioner in People v. Stockton, 2018 IL App (2d) 160353 pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 50 years in prison. She then filed a post-conviction petition, alleging that her Sixth Amendment rights were violated because the trial court considered improper evidence at her sentencing hearing. The petition was summarily dismissed.

Sealing cases when still owing fines might get easier with Ill. HB 5341

Legislation recently passed both chambers that would allow someone to file a sealing petition even if they owed fines on that case. Previously, that was not allowed. HB5341 states, in relevant part, that: "Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the court shall...

We will be back soon….

IPCB will resume posting in the coming weeks after a several-month hiatus that was taken due to an increase in caseload over the summer. We will get readers all caught up on recent trends and develops in post-conviction law that occurred over the summer. More to...

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