People v. Garrison, 41405

CourtSupreme Court of Illinois
Writing for the CourtWARD
Citation251 N.E.2d 200,43 Ill.2d 121
PartiesThe PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Appellee, v. James R. GARRISON, Appellant.
Docket NumberNo. 41405,41405
Decision Date26 September 1969

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251 N.E.2d 200
43 Ill.2d 121
The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Appellee,
James R. GARRISON, Appellant.
No. 41405.
Supreme Court of Illinois.
Sept. 26, 1969.

Thomas W. Alvey, Jr., East St. Louis, appointed by the court, for appellant.

[43 Ill.2d 122] William J. Scott, Atty. Gen., Springfield, and Robert H. Rice, State's Atty., Belleville (Fred G. Leach, Asst. Atty. Gen., and John M. Karns, Jr., Asst. State's Atty., of counsel), for the People.

WARD, Justice.

The defendant, James Garrison, entered a plea of guilty in the circuit court of St. Clair County in July of 1964 to an indictment charging him with burglary. He was sentenced to the penitentiary for a term of 8 to 12 years.

On May 19, 1967, the defendant, referring to a post-conviction petition he stated he had filed in the circuit court on May 12, 1965, moved for the appointment of counsel, because, among other reasons, 'he recognizes that his pending petition is insufficient and needs amending.' The petition of May, 1965, is not in the record and no comment concerning it appears. On June 2, 1967, the petitioner, acting Pro se, filed a petition under the Post-Conviction Hearing Act (Ill.Rev.Stat.1967, ch. 38, par. 122--1 Et seq.) which he described as an 'amended' petition. On or about August 4, 1967, no action apparently having been taken on his motion for the appointment of counsel, the defendant filed a motion asking that the proceedings on the petition be expedited, and in this motion he again requested the

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appointment of an attorney. Counsel was appointed for him apparently on November 9, 1967. It appears that no answer or other response to the petition was ever filed by the State, though an answer or motion to dismiss is required by the Act. (Ill.Rev.Stat.1967, ch. 38, par. 122--5.) An order denying the defendant's petition was entered on April 2, 1968. The order recited that counsel for both sides had appeared and that argument had been heard.

The defendant's only argument is that his representation in the post-conviction proceedings was so seriously deficient that he was deprived of the assistance of counsel to which [43 Ill.2d 123] he was entitled under the terms of the Post-Conviction Hearing Act. The argument claims, among other things, that the defendant's attorney never consulted with him concerning his later denied petition.

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