Lovelace v. People of the State of Illinois

Motion for Leave to File Brief as Amicus Curiae and Brief of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (on petition for a writ of certiorari)

Brief filed: 01/25/2019


Lovelace v. People of the State of Illinois

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 18-809

Prior Decision

Decision below 2018 IL App (4th) 170401 (May 22, 2018) (The Supreme Court of Illinois subsequently denied Petition for Leave to Appeal)


Removing barriers to the effective administration of justice has long been a priority for this court. The high costs imposed on the wrongfully accused are a barrier to the effective administration of justice. When the burden is too great on the innocent, Americans pick up the tab. Jails are not free. Taxpayers will pay more to jail the innocent than the cost of pre-trial release. The impact of pre-trial detention has an economic ripple effect. Collateral consequences of pre-trial detention erode the administration of justice.


Theresa Wardon Benz, H. Camille Papini-Chapla, and Shawn K. Neal, Wheeler Trigg O’Donnell LLP, Denver, CO; Jeffrey T. Green, NACDL, Washington, DC.

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