Although his attorneys have filed a motion asking for an acquittal and a new trial, it’s predicted that the motion will be denied on February 19th and then the sentencing hearing can be held and finally Drew Peterson will be sentenced on February 20.
As the days tick off, last-minute filings continue to trickle in.
State’s Attorney, James Glasgow, filed papers requesting that he not be called as a witness at the hearing for a new trial, claiming that “a prosecutor, judge or news reporter is a ‘special witness’” in his filing, and saying that he should be told what information is needed from him and that Peterson’s defense should attempt to get the information some other way.
Earlier in the month Joel Brodsky had filed a motion to fight a subpoena asking for his financial records but eventually he produced them to Peterson’s defense, which claims that his representation of Peterson was ineffectual and that his desire for publicity created a conflict of interest. Brodsky then filed a law suit for defamation against his former co-counsel, Steve Greenberg, as well as the Tribune company and AOL Patch.
Meanwhile, a status hearing for the wrongful death civil suit being brought against Drew Peterson by Savio’s family was continued to coincide with the date of the next pre-sentence murder hearing. Joel Brodsky has filed papers to withdraw from representing Peterson in that matter as well, but the Judge Michael Powers decided that both Peterson and Brodsky should be present for the hearing and that it would be more convenient to hold proceedings at the Will County court-house.
I also wanted to share this completely charming drawing and account of Wednesday’s civil suit proceedings posted to Twitter by The EQ Alert Guy. Let’s hope that the introduction of cameras to the courtrooms of Illinois never does away with first-hand observer reports like this one: