Appellate court orders new trial for convicted killer
Judge erred by not permitting defendant to testify after resting
A trio of appellate court judges this week ordered a new trial for a Peoria man convicted two years ago of fatally shooting a pregnant woman in Harrison Homes. The panel, from the 3rd District Appellate Court in Ottawa, found then-Peoria County Circuit Judge James Shadid erred when he refused to allow Preston Marizetts, now 21, to testify at his trial after both sides had rested their cases.Source
The list of reversals - add Marizetts and Moore
I specifically recall the court decision where the Appellate Court said another local judge (Judge Frederickson) abused his discretion (People of the State of Illinois vs. Deonte Moore). Also named in the subtitle of the decision, was none other than Judge James Shadid.
At the time, an associate of mine was very concerned about the handling of Deonte' Moore and was wondering if in vetting Shadid, if he was asked how he could have sentenced a 13 year old child to 21 years in prison for a single armed robbery count. Judge Shadid would have certainly had the option at that time of overturning the juvenile court decision or refusing to apply the 21 year sentence for constitutional reasons, but he didn't.
Below is the list of the reversals from the Appellate Court that Judge Shadid submitted when he was being screened for the position of United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois,"although there may be others" he was "unable to identify." The Deonte' Moore case is not listed.