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IL supreme court orders retrial in Ford County juvenile sex case

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 11:00:14 CDT
By: AP


The Illinois Supreme Court says an attorney for two boys accused of sexual abuse was wrong to worry about the truth of the charges and what was best for society. Instead, he should have given the boys the strongest possible defense. The ruling says children in juvenile court deserve a vigorous defense, just like adults in criminal cases. Their lawyer isn't supposed to mix defense strategy with issues like deciding what would be best for the children in the long run.   The ruling involves a Ford County case in which two teenage boys were accused of abusing foster children in their home. When the defense didn't object to key evidence, one boy was found guilty. The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered a new trial.

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