Client Claimed That Her Lawyer ''Did Not Allow Her to Testify''

In People v. Dredge, 148 Ill. App. 3d 911, 500 N.E.2d 445, 102 Ill. Dec. 552 (1986), the defendant pleaded in her petition simply that her attorney was ineffective because he "did not allow her to testify on her own behalf." Dredge, 148 Ill. App. 3d at 912. The trial court summarily dismissed the petition, finding it frivolous and patently without merit, and the appellate court reversed. Dredge, 148 Ill. App. 3d at 912, 914. In reversing, the appellate court simply noted that, to avoid summary dismissal, a defendant need present only a "simple statement which presents the gist of a claim for relief which is meritorious when considered in view of the record of the trial court proceedings." Dredge, 148 Ill. App. 3d at 913.