No. 89368.

793 N.E.2d 609 (2002)

205 Ill.2d 444

275 Ill.Dec. 838

The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Appellee, v. Jimmy Ray PITSONBARGER, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Illinois.

May 23, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Robert H. Farley, Jr., Naperville, and Stephen E. Eberhardt, Tinley Park, for appellant.

James E. Ryan, Attorney General, Springfield (Joel D. Bertocchi, Solicitor General, and William L. Browers and Michael M. Glick, Assistant Attorneys General, Chicago, of counsel), for the People.

Justice GARMAN delivered the opinion of the court:

Petitioner, Jimmy Ray Pitsonbarger, appeals from orders of the circuit court of Peoria County dismissing 34 of the 35 claims raised in his second post-conviction petition and denying the sole remaining claim after an evidentiary hearing. Because petitioner was sentenced to death for the underlying convictions, his appeal lies directly to this court. 134 Ill.2d R. 651(a). For the reasons that follow, we affirm the...


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