March 31, 2008
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 02 CR 26186
CLINTON DIXON, ) The Honorable
) Michael P. Toomin,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GARCIA delivered the opinion of the court.
The defendant, Clinton Dixon, contends that the trial court
erred by denying defense counsel's request to strike juror
Emmerson Ratliff for cause and by refusing to allow defense
counsel to question potential jurors about their attitudes
towards drug abuse and addiction. The defendant also contends
that the trial court erred in failing to appoint alternate
counsel to represent him in his pro se posttrial motion for a new
Following a jury trial, the defendant was convicted of home
invasion, residential burglary, armed robbery and first-degree