1 Defendant’s appeals were consolidated in the instant case.
March 6, 2007
Nos. 1-03-0507 and 1-03-2541
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, )
) Appeal from the
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Circuit Court of
v. ) Cook County.
DION ADDISON a/k/a ERIC MARSHALL, ) Honorable
) Marjorie C. Laws,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE SOUTH delivered the opinion of the court:
This appeal arises from the summary dismissal of defendant’s petition, section 2-1401 of
the Code of Civil Procedure (Code) (735 ILCS 5/2-1401 (2002)), for relief from judgment and
his pro se postconviction petition.1 Following a bench trial, defendant was convicted of home
invasion and armed robbery and sentenced to a 12-year prison term. Defendant appealed;
however, his appellate counsel filed a motion to withdraw pursuant to Anders v. California, 386
U.S. 738, 18 L. Ed. 2d 493, 87 S. Ct. 1396 (1967). Defendant responded to his appellate
counsel’s motion, contending he was denied his right to the effective assistance of counsel. This
court concluded that none of defendant’s allegations of ineffective assistance of counsel rose to
the standards set forth in Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 668, 80 L. Ed. 2d 674, 104 S. Ct.
2052 (1984)) and found no issues of arguable merit. Defendant’s appellate counsel was given