Court Supervision: Drew Peterson WithDrewal?

The week was packed with Drew Peterson, but it looks like we're not going to be seeing so much of him anymore.

It was Drew Peterson all day every day in the week that just ended.

It started out with a hearing to see if he needs to have a new murder trial, and that hearing went on for another two days.

A college professor and a retired judge both got on the witness stand and told how former Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky not only failed to provide effective counsel at this summer's murder trial, but also committed an ethical violation by entering into a publicity contract with his client.

Brodsky's former law partner got up as well and claimed Brodsky physically attacked her in the Chicago office they shared.

Even Brodsky had to testify, and told all about the 11 cents he and Peterson made off a website set up to solicit donations for the disgraced ex-Bolingbrook cop.

After all of that, Will County Judge Edward Burmila took a night to think about things, then came back to say he wasn't giving Peterson another trial.

That was when Peterson got a chance to share his feelings with everyone in the courtroom, and it sounded like he wasn't feeling all that great at the moment.

"I didn't kill Kathleen!" he screamed before settling in for a lengthy rant about how Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow and the Illinois State Police—not without a little help from a "ridiculous" Lifetime movie—conspired to frame him for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson got to speak his piece, then Judge Burmila gave him 38 years in prison and sent him back to jail. But not for long!

Instead of waiting for the weekly bus to take him and the rest of the prison-bound prisoners up to Stateville, the sheriff's department shipped Peterson off on a special trip. It was a brief visit, as only hours later they took him to his new home in Pontiac Correctional Center.

And that was that, pretty much the whole week right there. Well, there were a couple other things, like another lawsuit filed against embattled Frankfort pediatrician Kishor Jain, and a second armed robber pleading guilty and getting 22 years for sticking up an Orland Park jewelry store. But it was really all about Peterson.

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Ballseck Malone February 25, 2013 at 09:09 PM
I agree with Buford Pusser and others here. I do not believe that there was enough physical evidence to convict Drew. I also believe that he will be released on a federal appeal. Heck, it may even go to the U.S. Supreme Court. You cannot and should not convict someone on hearsay alone or the fact that he acts like a jackass whenever a camera is in front of him. I hate the media too and he was my hero for mocking them (especially Geraldo Rivera). Friends of Drew that knew him well said that it was his personality to be cocky and goofy. So, convicting on hearsay and public opinion of his personality is NOT enought to lock someone away for the rest of their life. I too think he is probably guilty but based on what I've heard about the trial, I would have stood firm if I was one of the jurors and we would have had a hung jury. Foks here are talking about how we should imagine if we were one of the victims' family members and how we would feel? Well, I would want him hung too. But I would be biased and there would be a small part of me that would wonder if he really is guilty. On the other hand, imagine that you family members are on the other side of the coin and you are the one on triall for murder (knowing you are guilty). How would you feel about being sent to jail for the rest of your life after a conviction on hearsay and a goofy way of presenting yourself in public alone? Scary to think we can be put away now because a few folks made up stuff about us and think we're jerks.
Ballseck Malone February 25, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Correction to my last post..... Instead of (knowing you are guilty), should be (knowing you are NOT guilty). Sorry
moonglow February 26, 2013 at 02:14 PM
pontiac is maximum security. he wont be among the prisoners as he is in protective custody. he wont b anyones boyfriend...yet!
Judge Ward February 26, 2013 at 06:33 PM
Bite your tongue. This is the Land of Lincoln. What worries me is using contrived laws to let in confidential hearsay conversations between Stacey and her minister and lawyer. She clearly did not intend for those to be public. Unfair trial? Yes. If it can happen to that a__hole Drew, it can happen to you.
Ernie Knight February 26, 2013 at 07:22 PM
Again, the hearsay admitted was NOT under the new law. The Appelate court specifically REJECTED the new law. The hearsay admitted, was under EXISTING statute and case law.


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