December 29, 2006
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County, Illinois.
) No. 90 CR 11979.
TONY ANDERSON, ) Honorable
) James B. Linn,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE JOSEPH GORDON delivered the opinion of the court:
Defendant, Tony Anderson, appeals from the summary dismissal of his petition for relief
under the Post-Conviction Hearing Act (Act). 725 ILCS 5/122-1 et seq (West 2002). He
contends that the circuit court erred in summarily dismissing his petition where he set forth the
gist of meritorious claims that (1) his due process rights were violated when detectives at Area 2
Violent Crimes coerced him into giving a confession to offenses he did not commit; (2) he was
provided ineffective assistance of counsel because counsel “coerced” him into pleading guilty and
(3) the State violated his right to due process by failing to disclose the existence of voluminous
claims of Area 2 police torture pursuant to Brady v. Maryland, 373 U.S. 83, 10 L. Ed. 2d 215, 83
S. Ct. 1194 (1963).