August 29, 2007
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, ) Appeal from the
) Circuit Court of
Plaintiff-Appellee, ) Cook County.
v. ) No. 04CR1493
VINCENT BUCKNER, ) The Honorable
) Dennis J. Porter,
Defendant-Appellant. ) Judge Presiding.
JUSTICE GREIMAN delivered the opinion of the court:
Following a jury trial, defendant Vincent Buckner was found guilty of predatory criminal
sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual assault and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. On
appeal, defendant contends that the trial court erred in granting the State’s motion in limine to bar
defendant from cross-examining the State’s DNA analyst witness regarding the fact that she had
pled guilty to theft of unearned overtime pay and, at the time of trial, was serving an 18- month
term of supervision. Defendant further contends that the trial court erred in denying his motion
for new trial which alleged that his due process and fair trial rights were violated when the State
failed to disclose to defendant that the DNA analyst had collected one hour of unearned overtime
pay on the day she tested the DNA at issue in this case. We affirm.
Prior to trial, defendant indicated to the court that he did not want the public defender to
represent him. Defendant was permitted to proceed pro se.
In a supplemental answer to a discovery request by defendant, the State indicated that
Amy Rehnstrom, the DNA analyst who had profiled the relevant DNA in this case, had been