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Top Illinois court upholds death sentence

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- The Illinois Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence for a Chicago man who killed and dismembered two people in 1999.
Teodoro Baez had argued he was improperly denied access to the lawyer he wanted. His private attorney was out of the country, so Baez was assigned a public defender.
The court ruled Friday that Baez accepted the substitute, so he cannot use that issue to demand a new trial.
The court also rejected arguments that Baez was tried under an outdated version of the death penalty law.
The decision comes at a time when the death penalty's future is uncertain. Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn is weighing whether to sign legislation to ending capital punishment in Illinois.
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