On December 1, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and held that ordering a new trial to correct an evidentiary ruling unfavorable to the state during the first trial, after entering a judgment of acquittal notwithstanding the verdict, violated double jeopardy provisions.
On October 31, 2000, the first district of the Appellate Court of Illinois reversed the defendant's conviction for armed robbery on his claim that he was denied his right to a fair trial as a result of improper prosecutorial remarks during closing arguments.
On October 12, 2000, the seventh circuit court of appeals ruled that the district court erred in dismissing defendant's habeas corpus petition based on the finding that his trial counsel was not ineffective.
Although no sex offender will be forced to move from his or her home, certain offenders will no longer be allowed to reside near certain protected areas under a new Illinois law signed by Gov. George H. Ryan.
The 91st General Assembly has taken a second major step toward ensuring criminal justice by requiring that physical evidence used to convict criminals be preserved for DNA and other testing in post-trial proceedings.
On June 15, 2000, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed first degree murder, attempted murder, and armed robbery convictions against Paris D. Sims, as well as a death sentence ordered by the circuit court of St. Clair County.