No. 83783.

793 N.E.2d 641 (2002)

205 Ill.2d 480

275 Ill.Dec. 870

The PEOPLE of the State of Illinois, Appellee, v. William PEEPLES, Appellant.

Supreme Court of Illinois.

Rehearing Denied August 29, 2002.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Marshall J. Hartman and Martin S. Carlson, of the Office of the State Appellate Defender, Chicago, and Anne E. Carlson, Northbrook, for appellant.

James E. Ryan, Attorney General, Springfield, and Richard A. Devine, State's Attorney, Chicago (William L. Browers, Assistant Attorney General, Chicago, and Renee G. Goldfarb, James E. Fitzgerald and William D. Carroll, Assistant State's Attorneys, of counsel), for the People.

Justice McMORROW delivered the opinion of the court:

Pursuant to the Post-Conviction Hearing Act (725 ILCS 5/122-1 et seq. (West 1994)), defendant, William Peeples, petitioned the circuit court of Cook County for post-conviction relief. The circuit court dismissed defendant's amended post-conviction petition without conducting an evidentiary hearing. Because defendant was sentenced to death for the underlying murder conviction...


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