use their own postconviction remedies
to address changes in state
It then analyzes the ways in which the Alford plea has affected each defendant, focusing primarily on postconviction remedies and other ramifications for an innocent defendant who has essentially pleaded guilty.
While each defendant made the choice that he felt best served his immediate needs at the time of the plea, it is important that innocent defendants and their attorneys understand the harsh ramifications of Alford pleas as they pertain to postconviction remedies or hopes of proving "actual innocence.
Even before defendants attempt to pursue postconviction remedies, entering Alford pleas may impede defendants' access to direct appellate review of their sentences.
The answer shall respond to the allegations of the contained in the defendant's sufficiently pleaded claims, described any matters in avoidance of the sufficiently pleaded claims, state whether the defendant has used any other available state postconviction remedies
including any other motion under this rule, and state whether the defendant has previously been afforded an evidentiary hearing.
It might be argued that states ought to be permitted to offer less retroactivity than Teague requires because states are not required to offer any postconviction remedies
survey of postconviction remedies
in all fifty states and the District
As demonstrated by the Dixmoor Five and Englewood Four cases, the law in Illinois governing postconviction remedies for those who plead guilty is unclear and has been interpreted in different and conflicting ways.
Generally, there are three main types of postconviction remedies governed by state statute--DNA or other forensic testing, general postconviction remedies, and habeas corpus petitions.
Though the majority of states' statutes do not explicitly grant those who plead guilty access to postconviction remedies, courts in most states allow those who plead guilty to bring postconviction petitions under the same statutes as those who are convicted at trial.
165) Washington had not exhausted his postconviction remedies because the state had denied his request for an attorney.
In cases such as Gibson's, the lack of counsel prevents inmates from exercising their state and federal postconviction remedies.