Search for Stacy Peterson evidence near Galesburg


UPDATE 8/14: Jailhouse correspondence from Drew Peterson. On Saturday gossip columnist Michael Sneed printed in her column excerpts from a 10-page letter that was given to her. In typical self-immolating Peterson style, Drew mocks and scoffs at the ISP, jail conditions and his jailers, affirming to anyone reading it that he is truly where he belongs.

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ISP Master Sgt. Thomas Burek has confirmed that a search took place near Galesburg, IL (about an hour’s drive Northwest of Peoria) on August 3rd for evidence related to the Stacy Peterson missing person case.

The search was prompted by the same source that led investigators to the Peoria area two months ago and lasted most of the day.

The Galesburg Police Department, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture assisted Illinois State Police in their search efforts.

Burek has stated that nothing was found during this latest search.

It would seem that the “Peoria Source” must be credible since the Illinois State Police are continuing to explore his or her leads.

Check out the comment thread for updates and discussion.

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124 thoughts on “Search for Stacy Peterson evidence near Galesburg

  1. We received tremendous cooperation from the Galesburg Police Department, a very professional department,” Burek said. “I really think they did a good job. They were a real asset. If we were to return to this area, their skills would be called upon again.

    I’ve scanned this article a couple of times, and no where does it mention whether Sgt. Burek was asked IF they were going to return to the area. Or, if this is to be ongoing, based on the leads generated from the informant that led them to the Peoria area. Two months have passed since TMZ was first to report the ISP was searching in Dunlap, yet, they continue to follow-up in another rural area.

    Burek declined to pinpoint the location searched, but said, “we were in, I don’t know if you want to call it rural Knox County, but we were very close to Galesburg.

    I assume if they were done searching this undisclosed area, it wouldn’t matter whether Sgt. Burek pinpointed the location. So, IMO, based on my vivid imagination, I would think they have plans to return.

  2. If you want to hear audio from the oral arguments regarding the weapons charge at the appellate court last January, you can listen here (Abood and Brodsky arguing and it’s about 40 minutes long):

    [audio src="http://163.191.183.117/court/AppellateCourt/Audio/2010/3rd/012010_3-08-1025.mp3" /]

    Argument date: 01/20/10
    Case no.: 3-08-1025
    Case Title: People v. Peterson
    Opinion Filed: 2/10/10
    Opinion: http://www.state.il.us/court/Opinions/AppellateCourt/2010/3rdDistrict/February/3081025.pdf

    Appellate arguments are recorded and the audio files eventually will show up at the link below. You might want to bookmark this since at some point the hearsay decision appeal arguments and a PDF of the decision will be available there.

    http://www.state.il.us/court/Media/Appellate/3rd_District.asp

  3. OT:

    UPDATE: Blagojevich has been summoned to the courthouse by judge. Defendants, lawyers also requested. Details NOW on ON AIR http://www.wbbm780.com

    ****They cannot reach a unanimous agreement on some of the counts, but, apparently, have on others. They wanted guidance on what to do. Apparently, after asking for clarification, the judge told them to continue deliberations.***

    They wanted to know if it was permissible to reach a decision on some of the counts, but not all. (There are 24 counts.) The judge said it is permissible to reach a decision on some of the counts. Also, it is not known if this pertains to one or both defendants.

    To BE CLEAR: There has been NO ruling of a hung jury in Blagojevich trial.

    The bottom line is that the judge tells jury it’s ok to return a unanimous verdict on some counts and be deadlocked on others.

  4. I was curious about this source who led the ISP to Peoria in June, but now I’m even more curious. I can’t help but think that this person has got to be very credible or else they would have just knocked off in June, when nothing turned up in Peoria after bringing in an anthropoligst/archeologist, etc. If that search was a bust (as ISP officially states) then they must still have some faith in this source to continue to search where they indicate.

    Suddenly, old stories about truckers start popping up in my head…

  5. It sure is a lead that is not being taken lightly, judging by the way it’s still being pursued two months after it was brought to light in the news.

    I guess it will all come together and make sense eventually.

  6. I don’t know why I never added this to our docs on Scribd but thanks Judgin, for reminding me of these exhibits from Chase bank in support of their motion to dismiss Drew Peterson’s HELOC suit. It’s interesting because they cite Joel’s claim that Drew’s Harley was sold (for a good price!). I wonder if they’d be interested in those photos of the same Harley still sitting in his garage.

    Also, interesting transcript of Joel’s deposition (except that any mention of his terms of payment with Drew have been struck) Both he and Walter Maksym cite attorney-client privilege.:

  7. PETERSON DREW 9 13 10 WCCA 900 09L 000326 Case

    PETERSON DREW W 8 23 10 405 930 08CF001169 0 RIFLE <16 IN/SHOTGUN 2 Status
    PETERSON DREW W 8 23 10 405 930 08CF001169 0 RIFLE <16''/SHOTGUN 1 Status

    PETERSON DREW W 8 23 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 2 Status
    PETERSON DREW W 8 23 10 402 930 09CF001048 0 MURDER/INTENT TO 1 Status

  8. OT, but if you’ve been following the story of Mitrice Richardson, remains found in Malibu have been positively ID’d. Bad decision on the part of LAPD to release someone who was acting strangely and obviously mentally unbalanced out on to the street with no money or cellphone and with no call to a family member. Luckily, her family was strong and resolved and got the media involved. A very sad ending.

    Interesting to note that once the poor decisions of the authorities started being scrutinized, suddenly a story appeared about a possible sighting in Las Vegas and this myth of a woman who didn’t want to be found (living as a prostitute no less) began to be spun to the media.

    Meanwhile her bones were resting in a ravine in Malibu, less than two miles from where she had last been seen.

  9. Lawyers for murder suspect: Cop did poor job
    August 12, 2010 1:35 PM

    Attorneys for Christopher Vaughn, accused in the quadruple murder of his family, said today that an Illinois State Police investigator widely criticized for his handling of the 2004 drowning death of Kathleen Savio did a poor job of documenting his work in the Vaughn case.

    John Rogers received permission Thursday from Judge Daniel Rozak to depose Illinois State Police crime scene investigator Robert Deel. Deel gathered evidence after Vaughn’s wife and three children where found shot to death in the family’s sports-utility vehicle in 2007.

    Will county prosecutors have criticized the work Deel did in 2004, when Savio, who was battling Drew Peterson for custody of their children, was found drowned in her dry Bolingbrook bath tub.

    Deel testified during a hearing earlier this year that he gathered no evidence from Savio’s home. He also testified that after Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy disappeared in 2007 prosecutors in Will county asked that he never process another crime scene in their county.
    Peterson was charged last year with murder in Savio’s drowning death. The case, which has yet to go to trial, is now before an appeals court.

    Rozak on Thursday ordered prosecutors to make available the actual items of evidence – including a blood-stained seatbelt and even the vehicle itself – during the Deel’s deposition after Rogers said Deel failed to document or photograph some of his work.

    Vaughn, who suffered minor gunshot wounds, blamed his wife Kimberly for the slayings.
    He told state police he was having marital problems after cheating on her and police later found emails in which he wrote about his unhappiness and talked of leaving the country, prosecutors have said.

    – Steve Schmadeke

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/08/lawyers-for-murder-suspect-cop-did-poor-job.html

  10. I’m sure it’s standard practice for the defense to go after the investigators for their poor treatment of a crime scene, but I can’t help but think Deel brought this on himself…

    And I will now officially stop talking to myself. :)

  11. Wow, yet another piss poor job by Deel. Hard to figure this guy out. Incompetent, stupid, ignorant or on the dark side himself? It came out that he didn’t bother to collect any evidence in Kathleen’s case, so the defense can’t argue he screwed it up. He didn’t collect anything to screw up there.

    In Vaughn’s case, how terrible for the victims’ families and friends to know that this misfit may have jeopardized a proper and meticulous collection of evidence. If it gets Vaughn off, too bad it’ll be for something like that, just as in the case of Savio. The defense ALWAYS attacks the collection and processing of evidence against a murder defendant. Just that, in this case, they may be on to something. Thanks Mr. Deel. You suck.

  12. I guess what this amounts to is the defense is attacking his work to help their client, just as the State is attacking his work to bolster their case.

    Geesh, where is this poor excuse of an evidence tech working these days? Better get him a junior chemistry set, lay out a blanket, and let him entertain himself on the floor, where he belongs.

  13. [SNIP]

    …Collins did not heed any of Falat’s objections or recommendations. He apparently was already under the sway of the third member of the investigative team, state police Crime Scene Investigator Robert Deel who — despite the first-degree murder charges now facing Peterson in connection with Savio’s death — still believes she was the victim of nothing more than an accident.

    ‘I don’t care why …’
    Collins testified at the hearsay hearing that he had never worked a homicide when he was sent to Savio’s home and that he deferred to the judgment of Deel, a 24-year veteran of the state police.

    Deel collected no evidence during his investigation of the Savio death scene. He overlooked a glass of orange juice on her kitchen counter, a mug of water in her microwave and a condom Falat says he told him was in a bathroom wastebasket. Deel denies Falat told him about the condom — which Savio’s boyfriend says he did not put there. Either way, Deel conceded that he did not look in the wastebasket, or any other trash receptacles, during his investigation.

    Deel also failed to check for the clothes Savio was wearing before she took her supposed death bath, or to document whether there were any towels in the bathroom. And he neglected to dust for fingerprints or conduct chemical blood testing.

    When she was found in the tub, Savio had an inch-long bloody gash on the back of her head, which she apparently sustained during the “accidental” fall before she drowned. But Deel did not find it strange that he could find no blood or hair on any of the surfaces around the tub.

    Savio’s body also bore the marks of scratches and extensive bruising, but it was not enough to raise Deel’s investigative radar. As he put it, “The bruises on the body are insignificant to me.”

    The fact that Peterson and Savio, who while legally divorced were still in the midst of a contentious property dispute that was due to wrap up in the coming weeks with Savio claiming hundreds of thousands of dollars in the couple’s assets, including a portion of her husband’s pension, was also lost on Deel. As was Peterson and Savio’s acrimonious and violent history, which was lowlighted by 19 calls to the police and allegations of assault, battery, theft and harassment. Motive, after all, does not come into play when Deel probes a potential murder.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2074488,police_bungle_peterson_jo022810.article

  14. What is agonizingly pathetic about these two cases, Kathleen Savio and the Vaughn family, is that the truth might not ever be found because of this incompetent boob that was left to handle important evidence. Or not handle it, in the case of Kathleen. In the Vaughn case, what crucial evidence there is may have been compromised by him. In the Savio case, even though Peterson trampled through the death scene on purpose, important clues were overlooked.

    Even if, in the case of Vaughn, the defense were to defend this man on the theory that his wife is the one that blew herself and the children away with his gun, Deel sure didn’t do all he could to get to the truth.

    Same with Kathleen. After re-reading the piece about Deel’s handling of the Savio death scene and his later testimony, it’s obvious that whatever municipal authority is paying this man’s salary should demand a refund. Again, what an incompetent boob he was, when it came to handling evidence on behalf of one guy, who was a private investigator by the way, and another who was a law enforcement officer. Strange that is.

  15. Thanks once more to Judgin for reminding me that we never posted this:

    JPMORGAN CHASE BANK N.A.’S REPLY
    IN SUPPORT OF ITS MOTION TO DISMISS PLAINTIFF’S AMENDED COMPLAINT

    It’s actually pretty sweet reading, including such highlights as pointing out that the term HELOC is repeatedly written as “HELCO” in Peterson’s complaints and the line:

    “Peterson should not be permitted to refuse to produce information regarding his criminal counsel’s fees, and then argue that the charges do not materially change his financial circumstances by claiming that his criminal defense team represents him pro bono.”

  16. Peterson should not be permitted to refuse to produce information regarding his criminal counsel’s fees, and then argue that the charges do not materially change his financial circumstances by claiming that his criminal defense team represents him pro bono.

    Well, yeah, makes sense.

    When a client retains an attorney, he signs a fee agreement. The elusive agreement that is between Brodsky and Peterson must be locked away with the super secret Colonel Sanders Fried Chicken Recipe. No one will ever know the contents, except for the big guy.

  17. I think it is funny that he doesn’t like the term imprisoned, he is not imprisoned simply awaiting trial. Really?? You cannot even accept a cookie from your attorney at Christmas, you cannot go to the local bar and tie one on, you live in a cell and have a list of people who can come in and see you…I call that imprisoned!

    Just because you own a home does not mean you are entitled to a HELOC. It is a loan and not something you own. If you want to use the equity in your home to free yourself from prison take the Deed to a bailbond. If you want to use the equity in your home to pay your legal bills sell it or sell the plane, or is that how you have paid your attorney to date? signing everything over to him/them.

  18. I guess they were trying to play a game of semantics since being in jail awaiting trial is not the same as being convicted and in prison, but as you point out, the fact remains that Peterson is not a free man.

    It looks as if Chase has made some excellent arguments for denying Peterson his HELOC. It’s pretty nice how they point out that Drew’s claim argues alternately that he has plenty of money and also that he is in desperate need of money. Geez, which is it?

  19. Geez, which is it?

    How about, what have his attorneys done for him lately? I’d say making sure that plentiful money he claims he has gets used in creative ways. Only problem is, the lock and key to his suite keeps him from enjoying anything other than a trip to the courtroom with his shackles clanging away, while the defense crew is still able to slather on their sun screen and mosquito spray.

    Can’t deny it.

  20. Thanks for posting Chase’s response. It pretty much hits right where we had discussed some time ago. Team Drew has spoken out of both sides of their mouth regarding his finances.

  21. In fact – well before Chase closed down his line of credit Team Drew had the following up on his DP defense fund website to try to collect money.

    “For the cost of a few cups of your morning coffee, you can help to ensure that Drew can afford to support his ongoing legal defense, find his missing wife and divert any remaining funds into a trust for his children,” the Web site says.

    “We are not asking you to decide whether or not Drew Peterson is guilty, but in the United States of America, one should be able to defend one’s self without the losing everything (sic),” according to the site.

    Source: http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,316469,00.html

  22. DP was also asking for $75,000 in damages for Chase not funding that HELOC.

    JB won an Alienation of Affection lawsuit from his first ex-wife’s lover by default when the guy didnt show up in court. So he now files an automatic lawsuit just to get a $75,000 settlement from the defendant just to drop his suit.

  23. … He also alleges that he needs at least another $45,000 to retain experts for his upcoming murder trial. (Am. Compl., ~ 20.) Perhaps realizing that these expenses alone constitute a “material change” in his financial circumstances – $45,000 is more than 60% of his alleged 2009 annual income – in his response, Peterson attempts to disown this allegation, claiming that he really is not going to incur the additional $45,000.

    Sounds like every amendment to Drew’s claim just added to Chase’s arguments against it.

  24. Facs: Sounds like every amendment to Drew’s claim just added to Chase’s arguments against it.

    Yeah, I don’t get it. Without even having a JD, like these guys do, reading along as a layperson is easy enough to follow and realize the defense’s reasoning is convoluted and bizarre. On top of all that, they’ve filed a lawsuit, it’s billable time, and it’s generating even more fees that Peterson will owe for defense work. Without a successful conclusion.

  25. Suppose that’s what you get when you can’t make up your mind if you’re working “Pro Bono” or not.

    The answer then depends on who’s asking (!!)

  26. OT: for anyone who remembers me describing how in the Italian justice system a detailed written presentation of the reasoning that led to the verdict must be produced by the judge overseeing and the other professional judge and 6 lay judges that comprise the jury: this is a link to the English translation of the verdicts for Amanda Knox and her co-convicted Raffaele Sollecito in case anyone would like to see what such a document is like. (it’s very detailed and a bit heavy going, but impressive.)It’s a downloadable PDF

    http://www.perugiamurderfile.org/viewtopic.php?p=53735#p53735

  27. The Drew Peterson letter: My life in jail

    August 14, 2010

    He says he sleeps on a lawn-chair mattress in a cold cell, where he is being housed in isolation and is frequently strip searched.

    Besides his lawyers, the only human contacts for Drew Peterson — who is awaiting trial in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio — are prison guards and an inmate who brings him meals, clean clothes and linen “passed through a chuckhole,” Peterson says in a handwritten letter to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed.

    In the 10-page letter received by Sneed last week, the 56-year-old Peterson describes in detail his life in the Will County Jail since his May 2009 arrest. Peterson — a former Bolingbrook cop who has also been named a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy — is facing even more time in prison while prosecutors appeal a ruling that blocked them from using hearsay evidence in his upcoming trial.

    “It almost took an act of God to get a second blanket and a thermal shirt,” he writes. “I haven’t figured out yet if I’m being protected from the other inmates or are they being protective from me.”

    The letter from Peterson was given to Sneed by a confidential source, who removed parts of the missive. The Sun-Times also edited the letter for space, but Peterson’s words were left largely verbatim.

    While Peterson writes about the restrictions of prison life — and at times jokes about what he has gone through — the Sun-Times is aware of the pain the Savio family has endured while waiting for justice in the murder of their loved one.

    In the second installment of the letter to Sneed, to be published in Monday’s Sun-Times, Peterson writes about what he misses on the outside, the letters he has received from sympathizers and his trademark jail humor.

    The arrest

    I find myself with a lot of time these days where I have looked back on my life and many trials and tribulations.

    I recall the day I was arrested 5-7-9. It was a beautiful sunny spring day and as I moved about during my daily chores caring for my family I noticed a buildup of press in front of my house. I’ve been harassed by the press for the past 19 months but this day was different. They parked down the street leaving the front of my home clear for something. Something’s up. It was late afternoon all my anti-Drew neighbors were outside as if they were waiting for something to happen.

    I needed to run to the bank so I told my children I would be right back. As I traveled to the bank I was stopped for a traffic light with a marked ISP [Illinois State Police] vehicle pulled right behind me. I was cut off and blocked in by an unmarked pickup truck and was then surrounded by plain clothes ISP patrolmen with guns drawn. I remember looking out my car passenger window and a senior ISP officer standing there looking confused finally drawing his weapon. I gave him the middle finger salute and yell to him, “shoot me asshole.”

    As I exited my car I was met by an ISP officer who resembled Pee Wee Herman to me. He put his firearm in his left hand and picked me off the ground with his right arm & Hip. I laughed and said to him, “I’m not fighting you.” He looked confused and I repeated, “I’m not fighting you,” “put me down.” I was set down, I put my hands on my car where I was pat down and handcuffed. In an insulting manner my sunglasses were torn from my face and tossed into the backseat of my car.

    I was put in the backseat of an unmarked SUV and transported to the ISP dist 5 Headquarters between two very large sweaty plainclothes officers. One called the Chief of Police of Bolingbrook and boasted, “WE GOT DREW.” I laughed at the officers and their sloppy felony traffic stop thinking of how unsafe it was. I also commented how rattled they were and thought how I was the one who should have been shaken up.

    I told the ISP and the Will Co. States attorney’s office on many occasions all they had to do was call me and I would turn myself in if it ever came to that point. I guess with all their efforts and obsession they needed their show. I asked why I was being arrested and what was my bond. They responded “For the murder of Kathleen Savio” and bond was 20 million dollars.

    As I joked with them they asked why I didn’t ever try to become an Illinois State Policeman. I think I angered them when I responded I couldn’t because my parents weren’t brother and sister.

    The warrant was signed and bond set by Judge Rosak [Will County Judge Daniel Rozak] whom I have known for many years and viewed as a cop in robes. He had signed many of the search warrants for my home with about the same amount of probable cause as you would need to get a free car wash.

    At ISP HQ they again tried to question me but were met with me simply stating “I want my lawyer.” I learned later my home was again searched by the souvenir-hunting ISP picking through my belongings for about the 6th time. They did get another shot at terrorizing my children removing them from my home under a blanket hiding them from the press. Our hero’s. My girlfriends kids also got to experience the terror.

    Life in jail

    I was taken to the Will County Jail where I was processed, strip searched and given a spiffy jail uniform. I was told that I was in “protective custody” and I was taken to a POD and placed in a small cell alone. I realized what was happening to me and I remember this feeling of anger coming over me being mad that the people responsible to putting me there were getting away with it knowing that I have done nothing wrong.

    The next day I was allowed to contact my family and found out my kids were OK and with my older son. I was ready for anything. I was then taken to the Medical Part of the jail where I have been housed ever since.

    My cell is larger than most and it has a reverse air flow system designed to hold someone with an airborne contagious disease. It’s new and I keep it clean and I have my own shower. Its always very cold.

    It almost took an act of god to get a second blanket and a thermal shirt.

    I sleep on a lawnchair mattress on a cement slab. I’m kept in solitary confinement on the reflective side of two way glass. My only human contact is with the guards who view me regularly and the inmate pod worker who bring me my meals, clean clothes and linen passed through a chuckhole.

    I haven’t figured out yet if I’m being protected from the other inmates or are they being protective from me. My telephone privileges have been limited to only my lawyers and my family after my 30 minute calls to both NBC TODAY SHOW MATT LAUYER which was broadcast live and to MANCOW broadcast live to chicagoland where I gave my standup comedy jailhouse routine. Someone is afraid of what I have to say. With few exceptions I have been treated professionally by the staff here sometimes even with kindness.

    By the way the food in here really isn’t that bad. A step down from Army food. I thank Cecil for his efforts.

    Cell search

    My cell is searched regularly. Very special times in here is when my cell is raided in the middle of the night by ten or so very large men dressed in black swat type uniforms (ERTs). The first time I was handcuffed as my cell was searched.

    I was then strip searched, as in each raid, while all ten watched. I hummed the stripper song as I tossed them my clothes one piece at a time. When I got down to my underpants I told them if they tried to put dollars in my pants we were gonna fight. I was later told that they were trying to humiliate me but I don’t think they got the response they were looking for as I left them laughing.

    I’m here to tell you I have been looked at naked here more than I care to remember. If you are modest at all this is the place to avoid.

    It would really bother me if I ever learned that while they were making love to their women that they were thinking of me naked.

    My only source of entertainment is television and all the televisions work off the same cable box so every dayroom T.V. has the same thing on. The officers normally ask me what I want to watch and I try to select something everyone will enjoy like movies or sitcoms. I don’t like to read but I have read about different religions.

    I’m in the medical section so my health is being cared for by a very professional staff. I’ve been treated for everything from heartburn to high blood pressure.

    Michael Sneed – Chicago Sun Times

  28. While Peterson writes about the restrictions of prison life — and at times jokes about what he has gone through — the Sun-Times is aware of the pain the Savio family has endured while waiting for justice in the murder of their loved one.

    Bravo for acknowledging the Savio family!!!!

    His lack of respect for his follow officers is obvious, huh? Now it makes sense why he outted an undercover narcs officer years ago. This man has no respect for anyone but himself.

  29. He spends most of the time in this excerpt criticizing law enforcement officials for arresting him and watching over him during his confinement. Darn, if I’m not mistaken, he was on the other side of the badge doing the same thing himself for over 30 years. Just doing his job, leaving it up to the judges and courts to sort out–yet, he rants now to show his utter disregard for those that are in the position he once was. He worked alongside these people, and now his true feelings for them is what consumes him.

    Regardless, how is this going to help this man try and win his freedom? He is bitter and angry, which he certainly has a right to be, but writing rambling letters to a newspaper and showing nothing but spit fire isn’t going to endear him to anyone. I think his lawyers are crazier than ever than not to put a stop to this. But, it’s their call…….

  30. “It would really bother me if I ever learned that while they were making love to their women that they were thinking of me naked.”
    ————————————————–
    O.M.G. He is absolutely the most disgusting piece of filth that ever walked the earth. His entire letter is nothing more than sociopathic delusion, and to think his children could, and probably will, see this! Not enough in the news about him and his crew, so he and Brodsky had to get something stirred up. But man, this crap sure won’t help his cause. What fools.

  31. You know it Rescue. He doesn’t respect anything or or anybody. That’s why he writes this crap, and is also why two mothers are no longer here.

  32. CFS – You can read this dissertation 100x, and still, my question is, why did his lawyers allow this? How is this joking, degrading, criticizing piece of written crap going to help him in any way?

    I can understand his anger and feelings for those he thinks are responsible for putting him in the position he is when he thinks he’s being wrongly detained, but this is the poorest case of legal representation anyone can ever imagine to see, by letting this rambling letter be publicized. It’s crazy!!! Do they want him convicted?

  33. Exactly Rescue. I don’t believe for a minute that he sent this letter without the blessings on his attorneys, but my GOD, what are they thinking?? It’s obvious that they weren’t, and are only looking for sympathy, but this is going to backfire, BIG TIME.

  34. Same old Drew. Same old ill-advised spiteful attempts at humor. Maybe there is just no helping this guy as he seems intent on public self-character-assassination.

    All it does is remind me of how happy I am and what a relief to the families it must be to know that he is being detained.

  35. When Robert Blake was being detained, pending the trial for the murder of his wife, he gave a jailhouse interview.

    Brodsky has used that as an example of his “white noise” theory. Even though most everyone was critical of Blake’s interview, he, nonethless, was later acquitted at trial.

    If this doesn’t smack of the same routine, I don’t know what would. This is as close as you can get to giving a detailed interview, and it’s straight from Brodsky’s playbook, IMO. As in Blake’s interview, no attorneys “were present,” meaning, Peterson did this knowingly of his own accord (I don’t believe that).

    Brodsky: Robert Blake and Michael Jackson both did media interviews. Michael Jackson even produced a TV special on his case to counter some bad publicity, and Blake did an interview from his jail cell without his lawyer present as well as other interviews. Both these men were acquitted. I could go on for a long time on this issue, as well as spell out the problems that my clients media appearances before I came into the case created, and how our media strategy addressed these issues, (one for example which I call the white noise effect), but suffice it to say nothing we do is hap hazzard, or done for publicity or to satisfy some psychological need of my client. A good lawyer thinks like a chess player, looking 5 to 10 moves into the future for each move he does now. I am a good lawyer.

    http://legalpublication.blogspot.com/2008/05/legal-pub-is-firm-believer-in-our.html

    Does this all make sense now?

  36. As for his feelings of anger Rescue, he’s a sociopath, and they never do anything wrong, and are always the ones who are wronged by others. I doubt Drew Peterson has ever owned up to any wrongdoing, EVER, and will always blame others, while considering himself to be the victim. I understand his feelings too, but not because of his feelings that he was unfairly put in the position he is currently in, but because he’s a sociopath, and that is always the they conceptualize.

  37. rescueapet :
    When Robert Blake was being detained, pending the trial for the murder of his wife, he gave a jailhouse interview.
    Brodsky has used that as an example of his “white noise” theory. Even though most everyone was critical of Blake’s interview, he, nonethless, was later acquitted at trial.
    If this doesn’t smack of the same routine, I don’t know what would. This is as close as you can get to giving a detailed interview, and it’s straight from Brodsky’s playbook, IMO. As in Blake’s interview, no attorneys “were present,” meaning, Peterson did this knowingly of his own accord (I don’t believe that).

    Brodsky: Robert Blake and Michael Jackson both did media interviews. Michael Jackson even produced a TV special on his case to counter some bad publicity, and Blake did an interview from his jail cell without his lawyer present as well as other interviews. Both these men were acquitted. I could go on for a long time on this issue, as well as spell out the problems that my clients media appearances before I came into the case created, and how our media strategy addressed these issues, (one for example which I call the white noise effect), but suffice it to say nothing we do is hap hazzard, or done for publicity or to satisfy some psychological need of my client. A good lawyer thinks like a chess player, looking 5 to 10 moves into the future for each move he does now. I am a good lawyer.

    http://legalpublication.blogspot.com/2008/05/legal-pub-is-firm-believer-in-our.html
    Does this all make sense now?

    Yeah it makes perfect sense, and confirms the fact that they are all fools. Sneed plainly states: “The letter from Peterson was given to Sneed by a confidential source, who removed parts of the missive. The Sun-Times also edited the letter for space, but Peterson’s words were left largely verbatim.

    So, who visits Peterson in jail? Sneed says: “Besides his lawyers, the only human contacts for Drew Peterson — who is awaiting trial in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio — are prison guards and an inmate who brings him meals, clean clothes and linen “passed through a chuckhole,” Peterson says in a handwritten letter to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Michael Sneed.”

    Don’t tell ME his attorneys aren’t involved in this sham. Veritable idiots, the lot of them.

  38. Well, I don’t begin to say I would know how Sneed got the letter, and who the “confidential source is,” but it’s been Maksym that has provided the tidbits of Drew Peterson’s life in jail all along. IMO!

    Still, there’s a couple of issues here, no? Isn’t this considered an interview, and is this against the Judge’s gag order? Not that it’s my problem or anyone else’s but the court’s, the defense and/or the prosecution, but, still, it is as close to an interview as you can get, IMO. Even though there were no cameras or reporters, it’s Peterson’s own words, so what makes it different than what Blake did while in jail? I thought Judge White put the whammie on Peterson’s jail antics.

    Maybe, though, in a way this is all good because it shows what a lunatic this man is, living in his own world, and dragging down the attorneys that seem to have bought-into his craziness for the publicity of it all.

  39. I really have to wonder about the context of this “letter”. It doesn’t read like personal correspondence but more like Drew sat down to pen his memoirs–a writing assignment penned for the purpose of releasing it to the press (after careful editing by an attorney).

    Was the goal to garner sympathy for Drew while he waits in jail for the hearsay decision appeal to be heard? If so then I think it will backfire badly. Looking forward to Monday’s excerpt as it will surely remind the public of what a narcissistic sociopath Drew Peterson is.

  40. I thought about the interview and gag order aspect too Rescue, but the whole thing is so bizarre it’s almost maniacally funny. What, is this supposed to be the replacement for the public apology to Joe Birkett? Let ‘em all keep digging their graves. At some point, this craziness is going to bite their asses off.

  41. Facs, that was my perception too….sympathy and media exposure, because there has been such a lull. Sound legal strategies with this crew must mean the stupider the better.

  42. “The letter from Peterson was given to Sneed by a confidential source, who removed parts of the missive.”

    “In the second installment of the letter to Sneed, to be published in Monday’s Sun-Times”

    This makes no sense. Was the letter written to Sneed, or was it given to her by someone else? Who is the letter addressed to? It doesn’t sound like a “letter” at all.

  43. rescueapet :
    Well, I don’t begin to say I would know how Sneed got the letter, and who the “confidential source is,” but it’s been Maksym that has provided the tidbits of Drew Peterson’s life in jail all along. IMO!
    Still, there’s a couple of issues here, no? Isn’t this considered an interview, and is this against the Judge’s gag order? Not that it’s my problem or anyone else’s but the court’s, the defense and/or the prosecution, but, still, it is as close to an interview as you can get, IMO. Even though there were no cameras or reporters, it’s Peterson’s own words, so what makes it different than what Blake did while in jail? I thought Judge White put the whammie on Peterson’s jail antics.
    Maybe, though, in a way this is all good because it shows what a lunatic this man is, living in his own world, and dragging down the attorneys that seem to have bought-into his craziness for the publicity of it all.

    I don’t claim to know without a doubt who the confidential source is either, but when the article plainly states his attorneys are his only “human contacts” outside of jail personnel, it pretty much defines a limited group of people who had access to him. And, the “confidential source” removed parts of the “missive” so who else but one of his attorneys would have seen this ridiculous letter, edited it, and forwarded it to the Sun-Times? Doesn’t take a genius to figure that out, but I guess his attorneys think they’re smarter than everyone else and no one would question it. Who knows with that illogical bunch?

  44. ooOOoo…clean linens!Sympathy, not chance! LOL! Just more proof that he is a filthy, worthless waste of carbon.

    I’m not even going to cut him slack for being angry. Tough! I hope he stays that way for a long time because it can do one real harm.

    Do we know if there is a “proper” gag order now? That could be cause for this…just to try to boost their currency, keeping in the papers. Yes, I agree it’s got to be one of his shitty lawyers who smuggled this out. Who else would redact portions?

    I’m dying to know what if any carnage has resulted from Brodsky accusing Birkett of leaking the judgment, but I suppose I can wait ;)

  45. Part of this stunt may also be due to the recent news about the search for Stacy. They always seem to start some type of controversy when talks about searches get fired up again. Get the focus back on poor, mistreated, dejected, lonely, cold-ass Drew, sleeping on his lawn chair covered concrete slab, while being subjected to numerous amounts of nude strip searches. What a joke.

  46. Is there a difference between DP, Robert Blake and Michael Jackson?

    IIRC, long before their trials, Robert Blake and Michael Jackson, world renown ‘stars’, had huge fan bases, beloved followers, name recognition, MONEY, and did fundraising for the causes of their fellow man…

    and DP ‘had’ and ‘did’ what ??? and became world renowned? for what? erasing his wives? and did what other self indulging acts ‘against’ others, too many to list here ?

    So, maybe JB can again explain how these defense plans of are supposed to work?

  47. It’s hard to ignore the pure narcissism he exhibits by thinking anyone cares about his experience. He writes as if he thinks the public is eager to know how he feels about his arrest and detainment. But I don’t, and I don’t think many other people care either. I doubt his experience is different from that of the thousands of people who are indicted, arrested and detained in Will County each year.

    I would think he’d be better served by writing thoughtful and loving letters to his children than by proving to the public yet again, that he is anti-social and ego-maniacal.

  48. I like him accusing the POs of collecting “souvenirs”. Why should that make me think that that is exactly what he used to do when he had the chance….cash, drugs, cameras, guns….it’s OMO, of course.

  49. Bucket – I don’t cut him slack for being angry, I just understand his anger. He’s blaming the cops, like many do. Only, nowadays, the bad guys blow the cops away at the snap of the fingers.

    I look at it this way. Most of this published piece deals with law enforcement and what he thinks of the ones that were involved in his arrest. Never mind that he was in their position for 30+ years, he’s pissed at them now. Just as those were that he arrested over the years.

    I really don’t think there’s a cop out there that will say the people they arrested were happy for the contact, such as: “thank you, officer, for arresting me for what you think I am guilty of. I am hopeful that your arrest of me will help me to see the error of my ways, and that I will become the pillar of society for your time and attention to my misgivings.”

    In fact, most of those that are so anti-cops are the ones that show up on the court dockets with usual consistency, and bitch the loudest over what they think others endure when arrested. You know, the old “you’re violating their civil rights.”

    He’s just whining and moaning because he blames someone else for the mess he’s in, rather than man-up himself. So, he’s no different than the DUI guy, the illegal weapon guy, or any other felon that gets arrested. They’re pissed and it’s only the fault of the man or woman doing the arrest.

    That’s what I mean when I say I understand his anger. I don’t agree with it, I understand it.

  50. My letter to Drew Peterson:

    Dear Drew,

    I’m sorry to see that you still feel so bitterly about your arrest and detainment for the murder of your third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Unfortunately, you were arrested because you did and said things that led authorities to find you the sole suspect in her murder, and eventually the state felt they had enough evidence to go forward with an indictment. That’s the way it works in this country.

    Welcome to the other side of the U.S. justice system. You’re a lucky man to live in a country where you will be given the right to defend yourself in a court of law.

    I hope you continue to enjoy your spiffy jumpsuit, your bling and your three square meals a day while you confer with your representation and prepare for trial.

    Regards,

    Me

  51. Nice, Facs, nice.

    I might add that what a gift it is and how fortunate enough Drew Peterson is to collect $70,000 a year in pension funds for working with and alongside of officers he barely tolerated all those years. Damn, it sounds to me as though he longed to be on the other side of that star he wore on his chest, rather than be the guy that gets that check deposited into his checking account each month.

    Just wonderin’ whose respect he did earn all those years he was a law enforcement officer.

  52. Hey. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Drew wrote this stuff down, sort of like a journal, in confidence, and it was “leaked” to Sneed to show what a lunatic he really is?

    We’ll really have to watch for Brodsky’s reaction to this development. Is he behind it, or is he going to rant and rave that someone is screwing with Drew?

    Ha…………

  53. @Rescue #61 – “Just wonderin’ whose respect he did earn all those years he was a law enforcement officer.”
    ——————————–
    Street rats

  54. rescueapet :
    Hey. Wouldn’t it be a hoot if Drew wrote this stuff down, sort of like a journal, in confidence, and it was “leaked” to Sneed to show what a lunatic he really is?
    We’ll really have to watch for Brodsky’s reaction to this development. Is he behind it, or is he going to rant and rave that someone is screwing with Drew?
    Ha…………

    If he reads the posts today on Justice Cafe, he probably WON’T want to take credit for this little scheme of theirs, even if he was the mastermind. Depending on public reaction, including those of us on JC, he’ll either blame it on someone else or take full credit. Guess we’ll have to see how it all plays out, but he’s a predictable as the sunrise, so I can already guess.

  55. facsmiley :It’s hard to ignore the pure narcissism he exhibits by thinking anyone cares about his experience. He writes as if he thinks the public is eager to know how he feels about his arrest and detainment. But I don’t, and I don’t think many other people care either. I doubt his experience is different from that of the thousands of people who are indicted, arrested and detained in Will County each year.
    I would think he’d be better served by writing thoughtful and loving letters to his children than by proving to the public yet again, that he is anti-social and ego-maniacal.

    In addition, he sees the news on tv. Maybe he is going nuts in his li’l old neat & clean kingdom and was told it is theraputic for him to write his thoughts down on paper, and sell them. or he cut a deal with his lawyer to include this carefully edited ‘letter’ in a book as a swap of lawyer fees for this letter about what’s going on in his head while in jail awaiting trial.

    DP is in that self-contained medical unit being ‘watched/studied’ and most likely getting ‘thoroughly analyzed’.

    Is a stone cold narcissistic sociopath even capable of writing thoughtful and loving letters to his children? Sadly for the children, I think NOT :(

  56. And by full credit, I mean being the vehicle for Drew to have his letter made public, not necessarily that it was his (Joel’s) brilliant idea. He’ll probably give the credit for that to Drew, since he wrote the letter on his own, without an attorney present. Although it was more than likely edited by one of his attorneys, so there isn’t much difference, as far as I’m concerned.

  57. rescueapet :

    I might add that what a gift it is and how fortunate enough Drew Peterson is to collect $70,000 a year in pension funds for working with and alongside of officers he barely tolerated all those years…Just wonderin’ whose respect he did earn all those years he was a law enforcement officer.

    Remember when Mancow asked Drew if he was qualified to work at the brothel in Reno? This was his reply.

    PETERSON: As you know, for many years I was a watch commander with the Bolingbrook Police Department.
    I ran a bunch of guys who I always viewed as a bunch of whores screwing people out of their money, so I did that for ten years so it’s got to be similar, right?

    I guess I never realized it before but Drew is truly a cop-hater. How effed-up is that?

  58. Now, with all due respect, what needs to happen is that LE finds what they’re looking for in Peoria, Galesburg, or both, and the whole story of what happened to Stacy is finally exposed.

    Then, he can either be charged with that crime, or exonerated, whatever the case may be.

    Whatever happens, this man has brought out such evil, ugly commentary from both sides, and there is no good to be found, IMO, about Drew Peterson.

  59. Remember when Mancow asked Drew if he was qualified to work at the brothel in Reno? This was his reply.

    PETERSON: As you know, for many years I was a watch commander with the Bolingbrook Police Department.
    I ran a bunch of guys who I always viewed as a bunch of whores screwing people out of their money, so I did that for ten years so it’s got to be similar, right?

    I guess I never realized it before but Drew is truly a cop-hater. How effed-up is that?
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You know Rescue Facs, when I read that when it first came out, I couldn’t decide if he was talking about his fellow officers that he supervised, or if he was referring to the criminals they arrested. I guess when you hear him say “ran a bunch of guys” it sounds more like he’s referring to his subordinates, but it’s such a really, REALLY asinine thing to say either way.

  60. cfs7360 :

    facsmiley :

    cfs7360 :
    If he reads the posts today on Justice Cafe…

    …or the comments after Sneed’s column. Yikes! Talk about backfiring.

    Oooo, I need to check them out.

    I see what you mean Facs. Sure will be interesting to see how Brodsky and company handle this hot mess.

  61. You know, the ironic thing about this letter, if it IS some sort of idiotic legal strategy, is that instead of garnering sympathy or media exposure, it’s doing more of the same type of thing he did by appearing on TV and radio to make the public hate him that much more. You’d think someone would learn something from all of the media fiascos of the past, but they just look hell bent on proving Drew is a POS everyone already believes he is. Just insane to allow him to do this, but hey, I’m glad they’re just showcasing what a creep he really is.

  62. he warrant was signed and bond set by Judge Rosak [Will County Judge Daniel Rozak] whom I have known for many years and viewed as a cop in robes. He had signed many of the search warrants for my home with about the same amount of probable cause as you would need to get a free car wash.

    Again, with the cop-hate. Why does Drew Peterson hate the police? It is bizarre.

  63. Thanks for putting that up again Facs. Those officers don’t look as confused as he conveyed them to be, do they? Ha! More self-serving blathering on his part.

  64. “As I exited my car I was met by an ISP officer who resembled Pee Wee Herman to me. He put his firearm in his left hand and picked me off the ground with his right arm & Hip. I laughed and said to him, “I’m not fighting you.” He looked confused and I repeated, “I’m not fighting you,” “put me down.” I was set down, I put my hands on my car where I was pat down and handcuffed. In an insulting manner my sunglasses were torn from my face and tossed into the backseat of my car.”
    _____________________________

    Drew must have amnesia about his arrest, or else got it confused with one he made on someone else. Doesn’t look anything on tape like he wrote in his letter, does it? Boob.

  65. Might also be a good time to revisit an account from someone who posted on this blog what it was like to be arrested by Drew Peterson:

    scott15
    2008/07/27 at 12:01am
    Me and Drew have met in the past, even though I was innocent since someone else admitted to the crime, it will never take away the memory of his gun at my head and his comments to me.

    scott15
    2008/07/27 at 12:18am
    I was told by his coworkers back then that he is an ass and overreacts.

    scott15
    2008/07/27 at 12:23am
    …not sure if it is word for word this was 16 yrs ago but it was along the lines of “you are a piece of shit, don’t deserve to live, a low life mf, please try to run.”

    scott15
    2008/07/27 at 12:24am
    And when you feel the gun muzzle against your head you do not move.

  66. @Facs #75 – Again, with the cop-hate. Why does Drew Peterson hate the police? It is bizarre.
    ————————
    Sort of like the firefighters who turn out to be arsonists, huh? It’s almost like their of way of saying they’re above the law, but no one else is.

  67. I remember that accounting by Scott of his arrest by Drew Peterson, and it has been something that I have not forgotten since seeing it.

    It puzzles me more than ever that, still, people think that Peterson’s rights are being trampled on. It appears he lost his way years ago, he has no respect for his fellow officers, he has no respect for the “innocent” people he has arrested after seeing how Scott was treated, and, of course, he has no respect for the memories of the mothers of his children.

    If I recall, at the time the above was posted, I think this Scott said something along the lines that he still thinks Peterson deserves his day in court. He went through the process and came out ahead by it being shown he was innocent of the crime Peterson arrested him for. Still, it illustrates that Peterson was off his rocker even all those years ago.

    Yes, of course, Peterson deserves and has the right to his day in court. So, how come when they’re in court together, he and his attorneys, he’s led back to jail in shackles, and he has to use the media to get his points across? Failing miserably, I might add.

  68. After revisiting Scott’s account I think maybe what Drew is objecting to is not so much that he was arrested, but more that the arresting officers didn’t use the Peterson-approved style of calling him obscene names and urging him to run so they could shoot him.

    Think of how many others have been given the “Peterson Treatment” when being arrested by him. I’d love to print their accounts if they want to email us at petersonstory@gmail.com or just and add it here in the comments. You don’t need to sign up with WordPress.

  69. 2008/07/27 at 12:01 am Scott515 …I was allowed my day in court and if he charged I want him to have his day in court. Because if back then we had the internet being judge and jury I could have been guilty even though I wasn’t, especially if Drew was posting.

    Brodsky and Peterson created the monster in the media, and, in fact, Brodsky used the Internet himself for a while. He blogged on Speak Your Mind in the early months after Stacy disappeared. Trying to belly-up-to-the-bar with the bloggers and get their input. So, no one to blame but him for that.

    As to the media, can’t blame anyone other than Peterson and Brodsky for that either. They’ve taken every quiet moment and stirred it up again. Since Peterson can’t give any courthouse interviews, it looks like someone came up with this brainstorm of an idea.

  70. facsmiley :

    After revisiting Scott’s account I think maybe what Drew is objecting to is not so much that he was arrested, but more that the arresting officers didn’t use the Peterson-approved style of calling him obscene names and urging him to run so they could shoot him.

    Excellent point! After all, Peterson did say this to the arresting officers:

    I gave him the middle finger salute and yell [sic] to him, ‘shoot me asshole.’

    “Shoot me asshole?” You’re right, Facs, that’s the way he did things, I guess. Whatever side of the law he was working.

    Maybe this defense is working on the presumption that the defendant is insane.

  71. Thanks for the rerun, Facs. Rescue, I understood what you meant about Drew’s anger. Sorry if I offended. Just not in the mood to “understand” the POS. I think the insanity defense is of the menu. Narcissists and sociopaths don’t count ;)

    Is it common police practice to hold a gun to someone’s head?

  72. bucketoftea :

    Thanks for the rerun, Facs. Rescue, I understood what you meant about Drew’s anger. Sorry if I offended. Just not in the mood to “understand” the POS. I think the insanity defense is of the menu. Narcissists and sociopaths don’t count ;)

    Is it common police practice to hold a gun to someone’s head?

    You would never offend me, no matter what you say! Ever! :-)

  73. Is it common police practice to hold a gun to someone’s head?

    If you move in the same world as Drew Peterson, I guess it is, whether wearing the star or lookin’ at it.

  74. I asked why I was being arrested and what was my bond. They responded “For the murder of Kathleen Savio” and bond was 20 million dollars.

    As I joked with them they asked why I didn’t ever try to become an Illinois State Policeman. I think I angered them when I responded I couldn’t because my parents weren’t brother and sister.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Of course that’s how one responds when arrested for the murder of ones ex-wife.

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  76. Funny how there’s not a word or any form of concern about the dead ex-wife or missing 4th wife.

    It is like they are both totally irrelevant in all this.

    It’s all about bad jokes and Drew being naked (!!)

  77. Oh I know. It’s just another installment of the old “Drew Show”. He might as well have been talking to Mancow on the phone. So this is how he gets around the judge’s order?

  78. Maybe the long winded letter is meant as a diversion, considering recent Police activity at Peoria and Galesburg.

    It may be getting too close for comfort.

    IMO of course.

  79. justanotherhen :

    Maybe the long winded letter is meant as a diversion, considering recent Police activity at Peoria and Galesburg.

    It may be getting too close for comfort.

    IMO of course.

    Honestly, IMO, I can’t think of one positive thing that will work in Peterson’s favor by having this letter published. He’s a lying sack of you-know-what, he blasts the cops for doing the same things he spent his career doing, he’s probably violated the judge’s gag order, and he’s coming across as a whiny lunatic.

    I don’t care what some say is wrong about the hearsay law and/or what the lack of evidence is against Peterson. If a jury is seated that winds up despising this putz for being his arrogant, obnoxious self, they’ll find a way to use whatever evidence they are presented with to lock him up forever. It happens.

  80. Thank you so much for all the support that you have given for my sister kATHLEEN (KITTY) she was a wonderful sister always looking out for me. I never ever thought that I would be a advocate against domestic violence. But glad I am I will forever fight for all that are effected. I am on the board in rockford police dept. And look forward to be on the board forever.. blessings all Kitty would be thankful for all of you

  81. I know we’ve moved on to Drews letter, but I just wanted to get back to Robert Deel for a minute, since this was written about him:

    “Collins testified at the hearsay hearing that he had never worked a homicide when he was sent to Savio’s home and that he deferred to the judgment of Deel, a 24-year veteran of the state police”

    So if Robert Deel was a 24 year veteran of the State Police at what point in his career did he start producing this type of sloppy work or did he always work like that ?

  82. Sue – thank you so much for your kind words. I’m sure it’s very difficult to read many of the things that go on, day in and day out, when it’s your sister that is the victim. I hope the day comes when all the facts come out and the verdict is the right one!

    JAH – good question. I’m not sure how long Deel was an evidence tech, but, in 2004, no matter how much time he had invested in that particular area of law enforcement, he stunk at it. Either that, or Drew had a friend for life when that guy walked in the door.

  83. Whether it’s Mr. Deel or someone else not doing their job, something is rotten in Denmark, that’s for sure !!

  84. If you don’t like the stories that are being reported about you, give them something else to report.

    JMO but that is what DP is doing.

  85. You’re right, Noway.

    The cop-hate thing. It’s authority and he hates it. When cops have the opportunity to make it “work” for them, and they don’t, they must be stupid. He’s so clever and everyone else is stupid. It looks ridiculous, doesn’t it? On the one hand dining out on cop stories and reminding all that he spent nights “protecting” the community, and on the other they’re all assholes, knuckleheads, bunch of whores etc.

    I think it is fantastic news that Sue is now sitting on a police board. You completely rock, Sue.

    So glad we’re “good”, rescue ;)

  86. Oh my. “Someone” took the opportunity to plug Dr. Dan’s book in Sneed’s comment section. Unbelievable.

    Welcome Sue. You and your family are in our thoughts so often, and like Rescue said, we know this is difficult for all of you. There are a lot of people out here hoping and praying for justice for your sister, and we hope that one day soon, there finally will be.

  87. I saw that comment from Budenz on the Sun-Times story as well. I’ve actually wondered if he had a part in this letter-writing debacle. Remember, he was the one who introduced Joel and Drew to Glenn Selig and proposed that Drew write a book to get his side of things out in the public (at least that’s what he asserts). Also, Budenz has a bug up his butt about the prison system/incarceration and has written a few times about it.

    The Nazis broke down the will of the German people by intimidation and incarceration. Malicious prosecution and ridiculous jail time was the norm.

    Meanwhile, he’s been peppering the message boards and blogs with spam in an attempt to sell his bizarre book. I thought this little snippet was worth copying:

    …Learn the earlier results of two other Peterson trials – Drew Peterson’s mock trial and his hearsay mini trial. Up to the very end Drew Peterson clung to a three-lawyer defense team that actually believed in his innocence (Brainy Brodsky, the Shark, and the Hammer).

    Ummm, really? OK.

  88. Did he actually give those nicknames, well except for Lopez, to Brodsky and whoever the Hammer is? Brainy Brodsky?? Now, that’s funny.

  89. Thank you, Facs.
    Brainy Brodsky???? ROFL The Hammer? Must be Goldberg. Sounds like wrestlers.

    What’s Maksym’s Nick? Dr. O? The Wanker?

  90. Lopez call

    facsmiley :

    In case anyone was wondering, I asked Joel Brodsky if he would confirm that Drew did in fact write the letter and he has confirmed:

    It is his letter.

    Are we to assume now, since we have electronic confirmation from Brodsky that this is Drew’s letter, we’re going to hear more about why they either went along with this, or, in the alternative, couldn’t stop their client from submitting it for publication? Either way, it doesn’t appear that it will have a positive effect on Peterson’s situation.

    On one hand, there are a bunch of people making comments about this story who are trying to deny it’s his letter, or that it was edited. This kind of attitude shows even more how detrimental this letter being published really is to Peterson. Even those that are trying to support him are looking for ways to get around this. Verbatim (according to what Sneed alludes to in her introduction) means “word for word.” When a story is edited, that means it’s shortened for space. If Drew’s words were changed, I’m quite sure his lawyers will be all over Sneed like white on rice. There hasn’t been any comment from the defense team that this story is inaccurate or Peterson’s words were changed.

    Also, I am almost positive the defense team, if they haven’t already, is going to be contacted by the other media outlets and asked to comment on this letter. We’ll all be waiting to see how they’re going to handle this, and if it was their idea in the first place. Can’t possibly understand their reasoning for doing it, but I can certainly understand, if they’re not behind this, that they have a client that is out-of-control.

  91. Regardless of whose idea it was, it obviously wasn’t well thought out. Still, I’m sure the defense will try to defend it.

  92. I hadn’t appreciated that Judge Rozak was involved here:

    Lawyers for murder suspect: Cop did poor job
    Attorneys for Christopher Vaughn, accused in the quadruple Murder of his family, said today that an Illinois State Police investigator widely criticized for his handling of the 2004 drowning death of Kathleen Savio did a poor job of documenting his work in the Vaughn case. John Rogers received permission Thursday from Judge Daniel Rozak to depose Illinois State Police crime scene investigator Robert Deel. Deel gathered evidence after Vaughn’s wife and three Children where found shot…

    http://politifi.com/news/Illinois-State-Fair-opens-in-Springfield-1025805.html

  93. cfs7360 :

    Regardless of whose idea it was, it obviously wasn’t well thought out. Still, I’m sure the defense will try to defend it.

    I really doubt ( ;-) ) all of Drew’s lawyers were good with this letter business.

    Of course, that is JMHO ( ;-) ), but time will tell. We have a pretty good track record here.

  94. Drews letter to Sneed basically shows his contempt for the Judiciary system, Judges, States Attorneys, Prisons, Police Departments, including the one he is drawing a Pension from (!!), but his main target seems to be the ISP.

    It seems they really got up his nose, so they must be on to something (!!)

  95. FYI – I sent an email to Attorney Andrew Abood and asked if he would comment on Peterson’s letter to the Sun Times. Not the content, but the act of doing so. I will post his response.

    First, though, I should point out one thing. When Facs emailed Brodsky to ask if Drew was the author of the letter to Sneed/Sun Times, in his usual “humor,” his intial response was:

    Actually it was written by Joe Hosey, i mean rescuepete.
    Joel A. Brodsky

    Afterwards, he did respond that it was Peterson’s letter.

    I mentioned to Attorney Abood that Brodsky was asked if Peterson wrote the letter and told him what his first response was, but it doesn’t appear that he realized Brodsky was attempting to be humorous.

    ***********************

    Andrew Abood to me
    8:26 PM (16 minutes ago)

    At the outset I would prefer that you post everything that I say since we aren’t talking about wasting paper, and that will give the other bloggers more fuel to criticize me. That is a joke. In any event, I am not sure that a court would have authority, given the first amendment, to gag a client. I am sure there is some, but very limited. Certainly a Defendant has the right to criticize the government and maybe that is what Drew is doing. The Court’s jurisdiction over the lawyers is different. And really the gag order was pretty tame. Essentially, the Court said if you are going on tv, tell the other side, the court, and the AGC — Judge White wanted the lawyers to comply with their ethical requirement and felt that if everyone was privy to the media exposure, then it would be easier to determine whether someone violated the ethical requirements.

    In regards to having client’s write letters, I have handled my share of high profile cases and generally you prefer that the client keeps their mouth shut. But every case is different, seems to me that Johnny Cochran took Michael Jackson on tv when he was accused of molesting children, and your ex-governor went on the apprentice following his indictment. I do think there is a difference when the person charged was famous before the accusation (like Jackson or the ex-gov). But we don’t really know all the circumstances behind what Johnny Cochran did, certainly Cochran didn’t have OJ write any letters to the press while he was in jail. I think, to some degree, the charge matters. And when it is homicide I think that you should probably keep your mouth shut — but maybe there is some purpose in all this. I am not sure why Joel wouldn’t know who authored the letter and why he would say that Joe Hosey wrote it, but maybe he has a short term memory problem. Hosey seems to be a pretty good guy. Just trying to make a living in the journalism business which is pretty tough. Not sure why Joel takes off on him so much but it seems to work out good for Joe. I think during the hearsay hearing his name came up regularly. In any event, those are my thoughts. Don’t be too harsh on the typos, not going to spend too much time editing this. You get the gist I am sure.

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