People v. Hommerson

Illinois Supreme Court
Criminal Court
Citation
Case Number: 
2014 IL 115638
Decision Date: 
January 24, 2014
District: 
2d Dist.
Division/County: 
Lake Co.
Justice: 
FREEMAN
Holding: 
Appellate court and circuit court reversed; remanded.
Defendant was convicted, after jury trial, of two murders. Court summarily dismissed his pro se postconviction petition. Circuit court may not dismiss a postconviction petition at first stage solely on basis that it lacked a verification affidavit, as court at first stage considers petition's substantive virtue rather than its procedural compliance. (GARMAN, THOMAS, KILBRIDE, KARMEIER, BURKE, and THEIS, concurring.)