People v. Belknap

Ronald Len Hanna

Case Conclusion Date:February 11, 2010

Practice Area:Criminal Defense

Outcome:Reversed in favor of client.

Description:335 Ill.Dec. 420 (3rd Dist. 2009). Murder conviction reversed on appeal due to procedural error in jury selection. Trial court's failure to ask each potential juror during voir dire whether juror understood and accepted the principles governing the presumption of innocence and the State's burden to prove the defendant guilty beyond a reasonable doubt constituted plain error.