Public Defenders Office: No funds to argue case

April 10, 2009 2:34:38 PM PDT
The Cook County Public Defender's Office has asked a judge to bar the death penalty in a double murder case because the office cannot pay the expenses.Assistant public defender Julie Harmon reportedly says that defendant Brian Gilbert cannot get a fair trial because her office has depleted its portion of a state fund that pays for costs in death penalty cases.

Gilbert is charged in the April 2007 murder of 14-year-old Quinton Jackson, his 12-year-old brother Marquise and the stabbing and sexually assault of their 13-year-old relative.

Illinois has had a moratorium on the death penalty since 2000.