Hearing update

Hi folks,
Danya here. The press conference with Joel and Andrew finished at about 5 p.m. and I’m back to the office to write. I have meeting I must attend first so the full story won’t be up for some time.

But, a quick recap.
Judge Richard Schoenstedt denied the prosecution’s motion for a gag order.
He denied the defense’s motion to exclude from trial evidence relating to the Bolingbrook Police Department’s rules and regulations

Hearing dates were set for Oct. 23 (to discuss issues relating to jury selection) and for Nov. 20 (to discuss all other pre-trial issues).

Schoenstedt did confirm that overhears had been granted and that he was reviewing the tapes from them. Brodsky and Abood declined to comment on when the overhears began and ended.

Be back later with more.


15 thoughts on “Hearing update

  1. http://www.nbc5.com/news/17503938/detail.html?rss=chi&psp=news

    Judge Denies Gag Order For Peterson Trial
    Trial Date Set For December

    POSTED: 10:13 am CDT September 18, 2008
    UPDATED: 6:08 pm CDT September 18, 2008

    JOLIET, Ill. — Attorneys for former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson fought off an attempt by prosecutors to impose a gag order on his upcoming trial on on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon.

    Peterson is accused of owning an illegally modified assault rifle, which was seized when police searched his Bolingbrook home a few days after his fourth wife Stacy Peterson, 24, went missing on Oct. 28, 2007.

    In court, Peterson’s attorneys sought to limit some of the evidence, including asking the court to exclude the Bolingbrook Police Department’s rules, as well as the testimony of Peterson’s son. Brodsky’s attorneys also fought a motion by prosecutors to impose a gag order, NBC5’s Charlie Wojciechowski reported.

    “I don’t think it’s appropriate to have a gag order on what’s going on here,” said Peterson’s attorney Andrew Abood. “I think it’s appropriate for the public to know the nature of the charges, the nature of the defense, and what the government’s doing. That should all be scrutinized, and I don’t think it’s inappropriate for us to help you guys (the media) understand what’s going on, because you guys are going to communicate that to the public.”

    The idea behind the gag order was to help make it easier to pick a jury for the trial, Wojciechowski reported. The judge, however, said he will invite more than 100 potential jurors into the selection process, and Peterson’s attorneys said they’ve prepared a 73-question questionnaire. Prosecutors have yet to prepare their questionnaire.

    Wojciechowski also reported that in addition to Peterson’s trial date being set for Dec. 8, two additional dates were set. On Oct. 9 and Oct. 23, lawyers and the judge will meet to sort out jury issues.

    Wojciechowski also reported that the judge provided confirmation of the existence tapes of wiretapped conversations involving Peterson, but details of the conversations were not revealed.

    “We know the tapes exist,” said Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky. “What we don’t know is the length and breadth of the tapes, whether they bugged him inside his house, they bugged him inside his car, whether anybody was wearing a wire. That we don’t know, and we didn’t find out.”

    The retired officer remains a suspect in the disappearance.

    Peterson’s attorney argues that, as an officer, he was allowed to have the rifle as a duty weapon.

    Additional information provided by Sun-Times News Group

  2. Danya,

    Thanks for update. Also heard on WBBM-AM radio something about having Steve Peterson and being taken off the list of people to give testimony because he was going to plead the 5th. No final decision was made and the judge continued it.

  3. Great on-the-spot news, Danya!!

    I wasn’t aware that the prosecution was the one asking for the gag order. Interesting.

    All-in-all, sounds like it was an interesting day, especially since there’s some reference to his adult son taking the Fifth. I trust it must be Stephen, since Eric has never been in the picture from the get-go and probably doesn’t even “exist” in the minds of many. Stephen is the one that has been involved with his father.

  4. whitesoxfan – I believe Facsmiley is getting the updates from the Twitter.com site, and reading Danya’s posts there, as I am.

  5. Hey whitesoxfan……CUBS WIN!

    Why does it matter where he was bugged??in the house? on his back deck? in the car? up in the plane? out to eat??

    Really why the worry?? DP can NEVER recall all that he said to these people….wonder if it’s got him just a little rattled? Probably not though, that’s not how sociopaths work.

    Danya, does this mean trail will be conducted in Will County?

  6. Change of venue? HA! I can’t even find but one article aside from Danya’s from this “Press Conference”. Cough, cough.

  7. rescueapet,

    I have signed up at twitter.com but didn’t get any updates via e-mail. Must have gotten something set up wrong.

    Yes, Cubs win and magic number is 2. Pulling for Cubs until they play the White Sox in World Series.

  8. http://www.wandtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=9036865



    Judge describes ‘extensive’ Peterson surveillance

    Associated Press – September 18, 2008 9:34 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – A Will County judge says he is in possession of an “extensive” amount of evidence detailing the surveillance of former police officer Drew Peterson.

    The Chicago Tribune says Judge Richard Schoenstedt disclosed the existence of the CDs, DVDs and tapes during a pretrial hearing Thursday. Peterson’s attorneys asked for information on any electronic surveillance police may have conducted on their client.

    Peterson faces two felonies related to a semiautomatic rifle seized by authorities investigating the October 2007 disappearance of his wife, Stacy.

    Peterson has repeatedly denied involvement in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance or the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in her bathtub.

    Copyright 2008 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  9. Local FOX news video:




    New Surveillance Video Could Hurt Peterson Case
    Last Edited: Thursday, 18 Sep 2008, 9:24 PM CDT
    Created: Thursday, 18 Sep 2008, 9:24 PM CDT

    Drew Peterson in Court
    Bolingbrook, IL. — Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson gets a surprise in court today. A judge reveals details about a secret police surveillance video of Peterson. Craig Wall has the latest details and tells us why some say this could be damaging evidence.

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