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People v. Cole

104 N.E.3d 325 (2017)

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People v. Cole

Illinois Supreme Court

104 N.E.3d 325 (2017)

Facts

Salimah Cole (defendant) was charged with a long list of felonies, including first-degree murder, armed robbery, kidnapping, and arson. Cole informed the trial court that she could not afford private counsel, and the court indicated that it would appoint the public defender of Cook County to represent her. Amy Campanelli, the head Cook County public defender, refused the appointment, citing a potential conflict of interest between Cole and multiple codefendants. The public defender moved to withdraw in the codefendants’ cases on the same grounds. Campanelli argued that the public defender’s office should be treated as a law firm, meaning that any conflict on the part of one attorney must be imputed to all the attorneys in the office. Campanelli thus took the position that private counsel must be appointed in any case with multiple defendants because the public defender could not ethically represent more than one. The Cook County public defender’s office employed approximately 518 attorneys. There were multiple divisions with different supervisors, but the supervisors potentially reported to the same deputy director. There was also a multiple-defender division for multiple-offender cases. Campanelli argued that she was in conflict in those cases as well. Campanelli asked the court to hold her in friendly contempt and to impose a nominal sanction to enable her to seek appellate review of the appointment. The court held Campanelli in civil contempt and imposed a fine of $250 per day until she either accepted the appointment as counsel for Cole or was otherwise discharged by due process of law. Campanelli appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Thomas, J.)

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