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Silence equals forfeiture

March 28, 2013 by in General

The Illinois Post-Conviction Hearing Act requires that a petitioner file his petition within three years after the date of his conviction. But the Act also contains a “special safety valve” that allows a petitioner to file an untimely postconviction petition if he or she alleges facts showing that the delay […]

Silence equals affirmance

February 8, 2013 by in General

According to the Illinois Supreme Court, when an appellant does not specifically appeal the circuit court’s ruling with respect to certain issues, the appellate court’s decision is silent as to those issues, and the appellant fails to seek rehearing in the appellate court to ask that the court address those […]

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