Public Defenders Office: No funds to argue case

April 10, 2009 (CHICAGO) 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.

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