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Peter Campbell

Other Cook County, Illinois exonerations with no crime
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On June 4, 2000, 22-year-old Peter Campbell was arrested in Chicago, Illinois and charged with aggravated unlawful use of a firearm. While free on bond, Campbell, then 23 years old, was arrested on April 14, 2001 for another violation of the same law.

On May 22, 2001, Campbell pled guilty to both charges in Cook County Circuit Court. He was sentenced to three years in prison on each case with the sentences to be served concurrently.

In September 2013, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled in People v. Aguilar that the portion of the statute under which Campbell had been convicted was unconstitutional. The statute said that a person committed the offense of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon when a person “carries on or about his person or in any vehicle or concealed on or about his person except when on his land or in his abode or fixed place of business any pistol, revolver, stun gun or taser or other firearm and the firearm is uncased, loaded and immediately accessible.”

The court held that this portion of the statute violated the right to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment.

In 2020, Campbell filed a motion to vacate the convictions based on the Aguilar ruling. After the motion was granted on December 11, 2020, the convictions on the gun charges were vacated, and the cases were dismissed.

On May 24, 2022, Campbell was granted certificates of innocence in both cases. He then filed a petition seeking compensation from the Illinois Court of Claims.

– Maurice Possley

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Posting Date: 10/31/2022
Last Updated: 10/31/2022
State:Illinois
County:Cook
Most Serious Crime:Weapon Possession or Sale
Additional Convictions:
Reported Crime Date:2000
Convicted:2001
Exonerated:2022
Sentence:3 years
Race/Ethnicity:Black
Sex:Male
Age at the date of reported crime:22
Contributing Factors:
Did DNA evidence contribute to the exoneration?:No