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« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2009, 03:32:19 PM »

Drew's attorney's got nothing, IMO.  All they can do is to try and attack the character of the witnesses, stall the proceedings in every way they can, and argue each step of the way.  Again, IMO.







I agree Drew's attorneys have nothing to use to defend him.  His kids wouldn't have been up at 3 am when he came home, covered in dark, bloody clothing..they weren't in the laundry room where Stacy found him..they were in bed asleep..so if that is his only alabi..they got nothing..and the State has over 40,000 pages of evidence.

And what kind of attorney heads off to talk shows rather then an arraignment...bah..they deserve each other.
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« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2009, 04:13:21 PM »

The Drew Peterson timeline:

While still married to his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Peterson meets the future Stacy Peterson. Drew Peterson appears at the hotel where Stacy Peterson works. They talk over coffee; he routinely drops in during her shift. He is 47 and she is 17. Months later, they become intimate, Stacy Peterson tells family. While still dating Drew Peterson, Stacy Peterson becomes pregnant. They marry in 2003, exchanging vows in a field in Bolingbrook. Drew Peterson invites a son from his first marriage as his witness. Stacy Peterspon asks her sister Cassandra Cales to be there.

“They didn’t want to tell any of the family,” Cales says. “They just wanted to get it done.”

March 1, 2004. Drew Peterson and Kathleen Savio are sorting out the messy finances of their divorce when he shows up at her Bolingbrook home. (Peterson has said he was dropping off the couple’s two sons at the time). When no one answers the locked door, Drew Peterson asks a neighbor for help and waits for a locksmith, Peterson says. The neighbor goes first, according to Peterson.

“I didn’t want any trouble,” Drew Peterson recalls later. “I stood outside, then I heard screaming and went in.”

Savio’s body is found in the bathtub of her home. There is no water in the tub, and her hair is drenched with blood from a head laceration. Savio’s death is ruled an accidental drowning.

August 2007. Just months before she disappears, Stacy Peterson meets with her pastor, Neil Schori, at a Bolingbrook coffee shop. Stacy Peterson confides to Schori that her husband has told her he killed Kathleen Savio, according to an interview Schori has with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News in December 2007. Stacy Peterson “gave me details that I really can’t share,” Schori tells Fox News. Schori says he believes Stacy Peterson never went to police because she was afraid for her safety. Schori says he doesn’t go to police at the time because he believes Stacy Peterson didn’t want him to.

Drew Peterson says his missing wife had a “big crush” on Schori.

“Every time she went out to see him, she was all dolled up, all sexed up,” Drew Peterson says. “All I know for sure is, Stacy had a big crush on him.”

Early October, 2007. Three weeks before she vanishes, Stacy Peterson calls a man she hasn’t spoken to in years — Scott Rossetto. The call is “out of the blue,” Rossetto recalls. About six years earlier, Rossetto’s twin brother, Keith, had dated Stacy Peterson. After that first surprise phone call, Stacy Peterson and Scott Rossetto talk or e-mail about every other day.

“She kinda mentioned she wanted to end the relationship with her husband,” Rossetto says later, adding she was “sick and tired of being trapped in the house all the time. I think she missed her independence.”

Less than 10 days before Stacy Peterson disappears, Drew Peterson confronts Scott Rossetto and his wife at a suburban Denny’s.

“He asked me how I’d react if my wife was with another man,” Scott Rossetto says in November 2007, after testifying before a Will County grand jury looking into Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

Although Rossetto has admitted sending Stacy Peterson “flirty” e-mails, he has denied having an affair with her.

Oct. 29, 2007. One day after she is supposed to go to a family friend’s house to paint — Stacy Peterson disappears. When relatives can’t reach the 23-year-old mother of two by phone, they become alarmed and call police. Bolingbrook police classify Stacy Peterson’s disappearance as a missing person case and say Drew Peterson is cooperating with authorities. At the time, Drew Peterson tells authorities he spoke to his wife the evening before she disappeared and had no reason to suspect anything was wrong. Peterson later says he believes his wife left voluntarily, possibly with another man. Stacy Peterson’s relatives say she would never have run away, leaving her two small children behind. A massive manhunt for Stacy Peterson begins. Family and a host of volunteers — including the Texas EquuSearch Mounted Search and Recovery Team — help look for Stacy Peterson.

November, 2007. As the search for Stacy Peterson continues, Drew Peterson becomes a media sensation — and seems to enjoy the attention. He talks with cable TV commentator Greta Van Susteren, and then Geraldo Rivera. He also flies out to New York to chat with NBC’s “Today” show host Matt Lauer — and denies he has anything to do with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. At one point, he makes an on-camera plea for Stacy Peterson to come home. He also lands on the front cover of People magazine, insisting — once again — in the five-page story he had no role in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance or Savio’s death.

Nov. 9, 2007. Drew Peterson officially becomes a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance and the case is now a “potential homicide,” no longer a missing person case. That announcement comes on the heels of a decision by a Will County judge to exhume Kathleen Savio’s body so investigators can re-examine her mysterious 2004 bathtub death, which prosecutors say now appears to be murder, not an accident. As the investigation continues, Drew Peterson resigns from the Bolingbrook Police Department and is later granted his full “$6,067.71-a-month police pension.

Late November 2007. a source tells the Sun-Times that on the day Stacy Peterson disappeared, Drew Peterson's stepbrother Tom Morphey helped him move a blue barrel out of Drew and Stacy Peterson’s home and into Drew Peterson’s SUV. Morphey describes the barrel to police as feeling warm and weighing about 120 pounds, sources say. Walter Martineck Jr., a neighbor of Morphey's, appears on the “Today” show saying a distraught Morphey told him Oct. 29 he believed he moved Stacy Peterson's body in the barrel. He says Drew Peterson gave him money for helping with the move. After helping Peterson move the barrel, Morphey overdosed on pills, according to sources.

Feb. 21, 2008. The results of a new Savio autopsy are released, showing the death of the 40-year-old woman was a murder, not an accident, as investigators originally concluded. The results of the forensic exam, conducted in November 2007, are a surprise to her former husband.

“That’s hard to believe. I’m shocked,” Drew Peterson tells the Sun-Times. Meanwhile, relatives of Savio and Stacy Peterson say they hope the findings by pathologist Dr. Larry Blum help solve Savio’s slaying and Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. One of Savio’s relatives says she is angry that authorities didn’t rule Savio’s death a homicide immediately after she was found dead.

“It’s something that should have been done the right way almost four years ago,” says Melissa Doman, Savio’s niece. “It would have been done the right way, if people listened.”

May. 21. Drew Peterson is arrested and charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon for allegedly owning a Colt AR-15 assault rifle that lacked the minimum 16-inch barrel required under state law. His arrest comes months after a Nov. 1, 2007, police search that results in 11 guns — including the assault rifle — being removed from his Bolingbrook home. Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney, rips the arrest as a heavy-handed attempt to rattle the man named a suspect in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. A trial is set for December.

July 23. Two longtime friends of Drew Peterson — Len Wawczak and his wife, Paula Stark — tell the Sun-Times that they cooperated with Illinois State Police, wearing a wire and recording seven months of intimate conversations with the former Bolingbrook cop. State Police decline to comment to the Sun-Times.

“We got him,” Wawczak, tells the Sun-Times.

Drew Peterson mocked investigators as “idiots,” called his third wife “a bitch” whose body he should have had cremated, and predicted he’d be tried and acquitted long before his fourth wife’s remains were found, Wawczak says in the Sun-Times interview.

Oct. 28. On the one-year anniversary of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, 70 marchers carrying candles walk from the Bolingbrook home Drew Peterson once shared with Savio to the house where he and Stacy Peterson lived. Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, and other close relatives don’t attend the vigil, saying they wish to mourn privately. Drew Peterson is in New York to appear on NBC’s “Today” show. “There is not a single day that goes by that I don’t think about Stacy, so to me Tuesday is just another day of her being away,” Drew Peterson says in a statement.

Nov. 11. Drew Peterson meets with high-profile Chicago divorce attorney Jeffery Leving. Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s criminal defense attorney, says Drew Peterson discussed his legal options following Stacy Peterson’s Oct. 28, 2007, disappearance. “All he’s done is consult with him,” Brodsky said at the time. “Nothing has been finalized. No decisions have been made.”

Nov. 19. Legislation goes into effect that is expected to give Will County prosecutors a powerful new took in probing the Savio slaying and Stacy Peterson’s disappearance. The legislation is to allow as evidence hearsay statements from murdered witnesses. The new legislation could come into play in connection with a minister who has said Stacy Peterson told him that Drew Peterson killed Savio. In the Savio case, Savio sent a letter to a prosecutor that said, Peterson “knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or kill me instead.”

December 2008. Will County Prosecutor James Glasgow says he is confident 2009 will bring new information that will help investigators find out what happened to either Savio or Stacy Peterson — or both. “I’m very positive. I’m very encouraged by the work the police have done,” Glasgow said. “We are not at a dead end by any stretch of the imagination.”

January 2009. Drew Peterson moves fiancee Christina Raines, 24, and her two young children into the home he formerly shared with Stacy Peterson. It’s the beginning of a tempestuous romantic saga seemingly without end. Raines’ father, Ernie Raines, tells the media he’s determined to end the relationship, calling Drew Peterson “the devil.” Christina Raines moves out of the Peterson house, but then moves back in again. She walks out again in April. But for good?

March 7. The Sun-Times News Group reports that Thomas Morphey, Drew Peterson’s step-brother, has an immunity deal with prosecutors — if Morphey truthfully tells investigators what he knows about Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

March 10. After nearly 17 months of silence, Morphey finally talks. In an interview with the Sun-Times News Group, Morphey talks about trying to kill himself after he suspected he’d helped Drew Peterson remove Stacy Peterson’s body.

“It kills me,” Morphey said. “There’s not a day that goes by that I don’t wish I could take back the events of that day.”

May 7. Drew Peterson is indicted on two counts of murder in the slaying of Savio. State Police take him into custody without incident.

“I guess I should have returned those library books,” Peterson jokes.
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« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2009, 04:39:36 PM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!
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« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2009, 05:16:03 PM »


Drew Peterson gives a thumbs-up as he is escorted out of the Will County Courthouse by deputies today. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune)


http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/05/petersons-attorney-goes-on-new-media-blitz.html

Bond for Peterson remains at $20 million
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Drew Peterson was still grinning Friday even as he was led away by guards after learning he will spend at least the next 10 days in jail before a Will County judge reconsiders a $20 million bail set in the murder case against the former Bolingbrook police sergeant.

Peterson's arraignment on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004 was postponed by Circuit Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt until May 18 because his attorneys were not in court.

Peterson arrived in the courtroom in a red, jail-issued short-sleeved jumpsuit and appeared to be smirking.

"Look at this bling," Peterson said as he entered the courthouse. "Look at this nice spiffy outfit. Three squares a day."

The courtroom was full, mostly with reporters and court artists. As he was seated in the jury box, someone in the courtroom asked him: "Would you like to come sit by us, Drew." To which he replied: "I'd rather."

Peterson, who was handcuffed, answered a few questions from the judge and the entire hearing lasted five or six minutes.

Glasgow told the judge that he expected Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, to file a motion to reduce the $20 million bond before the next court date, but that hasn't happened yet. Glasgow agreed to the May 18 date.

Peterson is segregated from the general jail population, spending his 90-minute-a-day recreational time alone. His cell has its own shower, sink and toilet, according to officials.

Cassandra Cales, the sister of Peterson's missing fourth wife, Stacy, was in court for the appearance. Her sister, then 23, disappeared 18 months ago.

"It made me feel good to see him chained up like the dog that he is," she said outside the courthouse. "I'm happy that Kathy's family has gotten justice for Kathleen Savio."

Cales said she plans to contact Drew's oldest son Stephen about the children. She also plans to contact an attorney about her visitation rights; she said the last time she saw her nephews was a year ago.

She's hopeful people who have information about her sister's disappearance will step forward now "that they know he's locked up."

When asked if this arrest gives her any sense of closure, she said, "Closure is bringing my sister home and getting her the justice she deserves."

Earlier today, Brodsky wasted no time today attacking a major foundation of the murder case against his client.

In a telephone interview on WGN-Ch. 9,  Brodsky said he will attack the constitutionality of  prosecutors trying to use statements by Savio as evidence against him.

In a news conference Thursday night following Peterson's indictment and arrest, Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said prosecutors will seek to admit statements made by Savio, essentially allowing her "to testify from beyond the grave."

"It's going to have to face a constitutional challenge," Brodsky said. "...We have now loosened the requirement for evidence in a homicide case ... We should make it stricter ... We're now involving rumor and innuendo and unreliable evidence in a homicide case."

On NBC's "Today" show--one of Brodsky's stops on a morning-long media blitz--he characterized the case against Peterson as "a weak, circumstantial case at best." He also said that Peterson had passed a polygraph test in connection with Savio's death.

In his appearance on WGN, Brodsky even attacked the contention that Savio was the victim of a homicide, as determined by a second autopsy after she was found drowned in an empty bathtub five years ago as her divorce settlement with Peterson was about to take effect.

He asserted that official Will County coroner's records still list the cause of Savio's death as accidental.

Brodsky also attacked Peterson's $20 million bail as unreasonable and said he would make a motion to reduce it. Peterson would have to post $2 million of that in cash to gain his release from jail.

"Drew clearly isn't a flight risk," Brodsky said as he reasserted his client's innocence. "If he was going to run, he would have run a long time ago."

Brodsky also was scheduled to appear on "ABC's "Good Morning America," and CBS' "The Early Show" in New York, according to Peterson's public relations firm.  Another Peterson attorney, Andrew Abboud, was interviewed on WGN-720 AM (listen here).

Stephen Peterson showed up at Drew's house about 11 a.m. Friday with three children, a teenage boy and a younger girl and boy. All four entered the house and Stephen, an Oak Brook police officer, declined comment.

Drew Peterson lives with his four children----two teenage boys from his marriage to Savio and a younger boy and a girl with Stacy. When Drew was arrested Thursday, the children were taken to the Bolingbrook Police Department, then transferred to the custody of the state Department of Children and Family Services.

At Drew's request, authorities contacted Stephen, who lives near North Aurora, so that he could take custody of the children.

When reached earlier Friday at his North Aurora home, Stephen declined comment.
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« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2009, 05:46:05 PM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

   It will serve him right if he does get general population!  heeeee   


Am thinking he probably won't tho.     Two reasons... one you've mentioned, due to this being a high profile case..... and two, Drew is a former LE officer.  Bubba especially likes that type.

I suppose while in jail, before convicted, his defense attorneys will likely do all they can to protect Drew's placement.  Seems that the accused is sooooo much more protected these days, have soooooo many "rights", blah blah.  I'm all for rights, but my gosh, the victim had all their rights violated.  IMO, all the accused needs are basic food, shelter, and clothing.  Period.  Nothing else but the truth and the person's day in court should matter, IMO. 

Personally, I don't think anyone who is convicted and lands in prison after trial ought to get special consideration of any kind, no matter who they are or what job they held before, etc.  Am thinking that being in prison "ought" to level the playing field for the inmates.  After being convicted, if the perp gets locked up with some bad guys, oh gee darn, maybe they ought not to have done whatever it is they did in the first place.  Let consequences fall where they may, and that includes Bubba.  IMO.   
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« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2009, 06:00:14 PM »

I realize that what I just posted may sound harsh to some, perhaps as if I'm not considering the perp at all.  And let me hasten to say that I would give the accused (before trial and in jail) and the perp (convicted and in prison), their basic rights and that's it.  I say this even tho two of my three sons managed to screw up their lives and land themselves in prison for 18 months each.  That was about 7 years ago.  I know how hard it was for them, and I don't wish prison time on anyone who doesn't deserve it.  And yet for those who do deserve to be in prison, they ought to do their time equally as the next inmate, no special treatment.  And that's just my opinion.  I hope that Drew never sees the light of day again, that would be too good for him, IMO. 
 
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« Reply #26 on: May 09, 2009, 01:42:40 AM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's be held in the infirmary at Will County jail.
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« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2009, 12:13:58 PM »

Drew Peterson’s Day in Court, He’s Laughing Now … We Shall See Who Laughs Last … Narcissist

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In psychology and psychiatry, excessive narcissism is recognized as a severe personality dysfunction or personality disorder. The terms narcissism, narcissistic, and narcissist are often used as pejoratives, denoting vanity, conceit, egotism or simple selfishness. Applied to a social group, it is sometimes used to denote elitism or an indifference to the plight of others.
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« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2009, 09:33:56 PM »

Wyks...I don't think that you sounded harsh at all...you said what I feel as well...
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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2009, 11:22:18 PM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's be held in the infirmary at Will County jail.

The infirmary?     Jeeeeeeez.. if that's true, they wasted no time in giving special treatment, did they!! 

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« Reply #30 on: May 09, 2009, 11:28:19 PM »

Wyks...I don't think that you sounded harsh at all...you said what I feel as well...


Thanks Cookie, that's good to know!  It just seems to me that in making sure an inmate receives fair and just treatment, the line has been crossed, IMO.  If only the victim/s, even their families, could receive one tiny measure of all that consideration.  grrrrrr. 
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« Reply #31 on: May 09, 2009, 11:29:36 PM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's being held in the infirmary at Will County jail.

The infirmary?     Jeeeeeeez.. if that's true, they wasted no time in giving special treatment, did they!! 



I don't think it is necessarily special treatment.  I think maybe it is the best place to make sure he is separated from the other prisoners.
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« Reply #32 on: May 10, 2009, 12:57:58 AM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's being held in the infirmary at Will County jail.

The infirmary?     Jeeeeeeez.. if that's true, they wasted no time in giving special treatment, did they!! 



I don't think it is necessarily special treatment.  I think maybe it is the best place to make sure he is separated from the other prisoners.

I dunno, maybe it's just me then.  Cuz if I were arrested on any charge, let alone murder, am quite sure I'd be thrown into the first available cell, occupied by someone else or not.  Rather doubt they'd make me comfy in the infirmary. 
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« Reply #33 on: May 10, 2009, 05:30:55 PM »

Kathleen Savio: Mother speaks up about charges in daughter's death
'We're so happy he was arrested, but we know there's a long way to go,' she says

By Joel Hood | Tribune reporter
    May 10, 2009

As the Drew Peterson saga again plays out on a national stage, Kathleen Savio's parents sought comfort the only place they could find it: beside their daughter's grave in Hillside.

Last week, Marcia Savio, Kathleen's stepmother, brought flowers to Kathleen's grave in advance of Mother's Day and kissed the headstone four times -- once for her, once for Kathleen's father, Henry, and once each for the slain woman's two children. Then, before leaving, she said softly, "Let's go get him."

Marcia Savio was talking about Peterson, whom Illinois State Police would arrest just days later on charges alleging that he murdered Kathleen Savio, his third wife, in 2004. On Friday, while Peterson mugged for the cameras and joked with reporters during his first court appearance in Joliet, Marcia Savio again retreated to her daughter's grave to share the news.

"We're so happy he was arrested, but we know there's a long way to go," Marcia Savio told the Tribune on Friday in a rare interview. "Something good needs to come of this. No one should have to live with fear the way Kathleen did."
Henry J. Savio declined to be interviewed. Marcia Savio, who's been married to him for more than 30 years, said the five years since Kathleen's murder have been hard on him.

"He's very hurt by a lot of what he sees and reads," Marcia Savio said of her husband. "What [Peterson] did to [Kathleen] was bad enough. Why does he have to act like that?"

The Savios did not attend Friday's hearing and aren't sure if they'll attend future court proceedings unless they're called to testify. The Stone Park couple are content to remain out of the spotlight while other family members, including Kathleen's brother, sister, niece and nephew, speak freely about the case and their memories of her. That continued Friday night when all four appeared on CNN's "Larry King Live," along with an attorney who is representing the Savio family in a wrongful-death case against Peterson.

Family and friends have said Peterson and Kathleen Savio, whom many called "Kitty," began dating while the former Bolingbrook police sergeant was still married to his second wife. They wed in 1992 and had two boys. The couple was working on a divorce settlement in 2004 when Savio was found dead in a dry bathtub, a death initially ruled an accident.

Marcia Savio said she and her husband didn't care much for Peterson while he and Kathleen were together, and they and other family members have said they suspected abuse.

"Kitty was a proud young lady," Marcia Savio said. "In a lot of cases where women are being abused, they simply don't talk about it. And they don't take action because they believe things will get better."
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2009, 08:56:06 PM »

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« Reply #35 on: May 11, 2009, 09:26:46 AM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's being held in the infirmary at Will County jail.

The infirmary?     Jeeeeeeez.. if that's true, they wasted no time in giving special treatment, did they!! 



I don't think it is necessarily special treatment.  I think maybe it is the best place to make sure he is separated from the other prisoners.

I dunno, maybe it's just me then.  Cuz if I were arrested on any charge, let alone murder, am quite sure I'd be thrown into the first available cell, occupied by someone else or not.  Rather doubt they'd make me comfy in the infirmary. 


that is how I see it to Wyks!
I would be thrown in with Bubbaette!
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« Reply #36 on: May 11, 2009, 02:17:17 PM »

Does anyone know if Drew will be in general population or if he will get special treatment due to high profile case???  Personally I hope bubba finds him!!

Inside source told me he's be held in the infirmary at Will County jail.

He won't be in GP because he is EX Police force.
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« Reply #37 on: May 11, 2009, 02:19:25 PM »

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The case against Drew: Testimony 'From beyond the grave'; Prosecutors plan to use 'hearsay' statements from murdered wife
 
Crucial evidence against Drew Peterson when he stands trial for the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio could come from Savio herself -- and possibly even from Peterson's still-missing fourth wife, Stacy.

Will County prosecutors plan to use statements Savio purportedly made to relatives and others about threats from Peterson to bolster their allegations that the former Bolingbrook police officer drowned her in a bathtub in 2004.

A new state law enacted last year with the support of Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow makes it easier to use "hearsay'' statements from victims who were allegedly killed to prevent them from testifying against their attackers.

"You're letting someone testify from beyond the grave,'' Glasgow said of the law enacted last November, which was referred to informally in Springfield as the "Drew Peterson bill.''

The statements of Savio and Stacy Peterson may be critical -- though some legal experts question the constitutionality of the law -- because authorities apparently have little physical or forensic evidence tying Peterson to Savio's death.

There are no signs of forced entry to the Bolingbrook home where Savio died; her death originally was ruled an accident, not a murder, and defense attorneys have hinted that a teenage son of Savio and Peterson will provide an alibi for him.

Peterson was returning the couple's two sons to Savio on March 1, 2004, when she was discovered dead in an empty tub, her hair streaked with blood from a cut. Investigators initially concluded she had bumped her head and drowned before the water drained from the tub.

After Stacy Peterson vanished in October 2007, investigators reopened Savio's case. Citing a second autopsy done after her body was exhumed, they ultimately concluded she had been murdered.

Among the steps State Policetook during that probe was to yank the bathtub from the house for analysis. It is expected to be shown to jurors who hear the case.

In announcing the murder charges against Drew Peterson, Glasgow acknowledged that prosecutors plan to introduce as evidence statements made by Savio in the months before she was slain.

Savio told relatives she feared Peterson because of threats he allegedly had made against her. The couple had recently divorced, though they had yet to formally divide their financial assets.

"The court can allow those statements in at trial,'' Glasgow contends.

Even statements allegedly made by Stacy Peterson to her church pastor in the weeks before she disappeared could be used against Peterson during the trial of his third wife, authorities said.

A suburban minister has claimed that before she vanished, Stacy Peterson confided to him during counseling sessions that Drew Peterson had admitted to her that he had killed Savio.

A spokesman for Glasgow wouldn't comment on those statements, but another suburban prosecutor who backed the change in state law said he thinks Stacy Peterson's comments to her pastor would be allowed as evidence at Drew Peterson's trial under the new law.

"The pastor's testimony should come in unfettered,'' said DuPage County State's Attorney Joseph Birkett.

The law faces serious constitutional questions, some legal experts said. A similar federal law was struck down last year. The state law could face the same fate because it appears to unfairly limit a defendant's right to cross-examine an accuser, DePaul University law Professor Leonard Cavise said.

"It should fall flat on its face,'' he said.

Drew Peterson's attorneys have publicly cited evidence that is generally inadmissible in court: polygraph tests.

In television interviews Friday, defense attorney Joel Brodsky repeatedly claimed Peterson's innocence by noting that he passed a lie detector test when questioned on the details of Savio's suspicious death.

"He passed that polygraph exam 100 percent,'' Brodsky said on ABC's "Good Morning America.''

Glasgow plans to be part of the legal team prosecuting Peterson and said he is optimistic about its outcome.

"We're very confident in our case,'' Glasgow said. 
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« Reply #38 on: May 11, 2009, 02:21:06 PM »

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Shaky law shouldn't be used to get Drew
 
The problem with dead people is they're so hard to talk to.
You can't ask them if they really said what people say they said.
You can't ask them where they said it and how they said and why.
You can't challenge their memories. You can't put them under oath.

And yet, short of holding a seance, that is precisely the problem facing Drew Peterson, the clowning ex-cop from Bolingbrook who was charged Thursday with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

When Peterson goes on trial, the most damning evidence against him could be a slew of remarks supposedly made to others by Savio and his fourth wife, Stacy -- the wife who disappeared.

Obviously, his lawyers won't have much luck cross-examining those two women.

For good reason, "hearsay" evidence -- what one person claims another person said -- is almost never admissible in a criminal trial. Hearsay evidence denies a defendant his 6th Amendment right to confront his accusers in court.

If a judge allows the admission of such evidence in the Peterson trial, under cover of a new state law of debatable legal soundness, legal scholars widely predict a guilty verdict would be thrown out on appeal.

And we're inclined to agree.

If this sounds like a defense of Peterson, it is not. Our concern is for the rule of law, which must prevail even we are most outraged.

Will County prosecutors are optimistic that they will be allowed to present in court the "from-the-grave" words of Savio and Stacy Peterson because a state law enacted in November -- known as the Drew Peterson Law -- creates a new legal exception to the ban on hearsay evidence. The law's sponsor, state Sen. Arthur Wilhelmi (D-Joliet), tells us he crafted the bill as narrowly as possible to apply only in cases of "first-degree murder to prevent a witness from testifying."

But that, in our view, is precisely the problem: The logic of the law is utterly circular. It assumes guilt to prove guilt. It allows the court to presume that Peterson killed Savio so that her hearsay comments that he threatened to kill her can be used to prove he killed her.

The shaky logic grows shakier with respect to Stacy Peterson. Here, prosecutors may ask the court's permission to present even less reliable "double hearsay" evidence -- witnesses who will testify that Stacy told them that Drew told her that he killed Savio.

Got it?

DePaul University Law Professor Andrea Lyon said the introduction of the Stacy Peterson hearsay evidence would create a "double whammy" of unfairness. Not only would Drew Peterson, on trial for murdering Savio, be unable to confront his accuser, but the jury would get an earful of the theory that he also murdered Stacy.

The courts have upheld the introduction of hearsay evidence in cases in which a defendant may have murdered a witness, but only when the motive for the murder clearly was to keep the witness from testifying. An example might be a mobster who guns down a witness who is set to testify against him.

In a major ruling last June, the U.S. Supreme Court made that distinction clear, much to the possible disadvantage of the Peterson prosecutors down the road.

In the case of Giles vs. California, a Los Angeles man was charged with shooting and killing his girlfriend. He claimed self-defense, but a police officer testified at trial that three weeks before the murder, the victim had told her that her boyfriend had threatened to kill her.

A jury found the defendant guilty, but the U.S. Supreme Court threw out the verdict, saying the hearsay evidence given by the police officer should have been ruled inadmissable because there was no proof that the defendant had killed his girlfriend solely to keep her from testifying against him.

Prosecutors and legislators who crafted the Drew Peterson Law tell us that they were well aware of Giles vs. California, of course, and they feel confident the Illinois law meets the U.S. Supreme Court's standard.

Drew Peterson is far from the most popular guy in town, and many people already think he's guilty. But it would be wrong to use a constitutionally questionable law to convict him.

Any one of us could be next. 
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« Reply #39 on: May 11, 2009, 06:38:18 PM »

May 11, 12:39 PM EDT

Drew Peterson's adult son says dad's no killer


BOLINGBROOK, Ill. (AP) -- Drew Peterson's adult son says dad's no killer.

Stephen Peterson said Monday that the family is praying for his father's release from jail on last week's murder charge in the 2004 drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Drew Peterson, a former police sergeant in Bolingbrook, Ill., is in custody on $20 million bail in Will County. He has denied any involvement in either Savio's death or the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

Stephen Peterson, a son from an earlier marriage, says in a statement that the family is confident of his father's innocence. He says Peterson's two children with Savio and two children with Stacy Peterson are staying with him.
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