We learned this week that the Illinois Appellate Court will not be holding oral arguments on Gregory’s appeal. We asked for oral arguments but it’s up to the Court to decide and they notified Gregory’s attorney, Jed Stone, that they are “of the opinion that oral argument is not necessary.” This means that a decision could be issued at any time.
Just to remind our friends and supporters, after serving nearly two months of his unjust and completely unwarranted 300 day sentence, the Appellate Court granted Gregory bond in October 2010 and he was released from jail. In releasing Gregory on appeal bond, the Court acknowledged the fact that he is not a flight risk, that he is not a “danger to the community,” and furthermore that his appeal raises substantial questions of law or fact “likely to result in reversal or a new trial.”
Since that time, the appeal brief was filed in January 2011, the State’s Attorney responded in August 2011, and Gregory’s attorney replied in late September. This latest notice does not indicate anything as to the content of the Court’s decision. Please stay tuned – we’ll let you know as soon as we do!
The Ad Hoc Committee for Reason