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  • People v. Somers


  • In this Livingston County case, the defendant, charged with five counts of burglary, pled guilty in 2009 and received a sentence of 2 years probation and 180 days in jail. He was ordered to pay a public defender fee of $200 after the judge questioned him about his employment. This fee would reimburse the county for the cost of appointed counsel. Later, in 2010, he was sentenced to six years in prison after having been found to have violated his probation. In his appeal, Somers contended that the hearing on his ability to pay the public defender fee had been inadequate, but he later also argued that it was now too late for a remand for a proper hearing because the applicable statute calls for a hearing within 90 days of judgment. He thus argued that no hearing could be held at all and that the fee should be vacated. The appellate court remanded for a new hearing anyway and this appeal followed.

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Language(s): EN-English

Volume or Year: 2013
Number or Issue: February 22

Date Created: 02-22-2013
Date Last Modified: 02-22-2013

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1. People v. Somers, 2013 IL 114054 (114054.pdf).
Document Size: Software: Microsoft Office Word Version: 2007

2. People v. Somers, 2013 IL 114054, summary (114054s.pdf).
Document Size: Software: Microsoft Office Word Version: 97-2003

This is part of a series. It is part of Slip opinions in the Illinois Supreme Court: 63731