State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi Announces Death Penalty Qualification for Assistant Philip Hiscock

A press release has been received from McHenry County State’s Attorney Lou Bianchi announcing the Illinois Supreme Court will allow one of his relatively new assistants to participate in death penalty cases.

Making sure that attorneys involved in such cases are qualified was one of the reforms resulting from the Chicago Tribune series on death penalty mistakes in Illinois. The series also led to the moratorium on executions started by former Governor George Ryan, which has been continued by successor Rod Blagojevich.

The release follows:

Louis A. Bianchi, the State’s Attorney of McHenry County, is pleased to announce that Assistant State’s Attorney Philip Hiscock has recently been admitted by the Supreme Court of Illinois as a member of the Capital Litigation Trial Bar.

The Capital Litigation Trial Bar was created by the Illinois Supreme Court in 2001 to ensure that attorneys who handle capital cases have the ability, knowledge and experience to do so in a competent and professional manner. The Court requires minimum standards of training and experience for attorneys who try capital cases.

Hiscock is a Felony Prosecutor of the McHenry County State’s Attorney’s Office.

He is a 1996 graduate of DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and a 1999 graduate of DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.

Hiscock has been a prosecutor for seven years having previously served in DuPage County, and he was hired by State’s Attorney Bianchi in 2007.

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