MORPHEY’S GRAND JURY WORTHINESS
Comments have come up recently about Grand Jury appearances, after Tom Morphey went public with his knowledge of the events leading up to and after the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. Mr. Morphey has stated that he has not given testimony before the Grand Jury. Drew Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, has offered the reason for this, based on his own interpretation. He has determined, in his ultimate wisdom, that Mr. Morphey is not credible, and that he “has a documented history of severe mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction.”
While Brodsky may say he’s relying on information provided to him, he seems to be the only one in the public that has specifically mentioned multiple suicide attempts by Mr. Morphey. When doing an appearance at one time on Fox’s OntheRecord, Brodsky said that Thomas Morphey had attempted suicide “many” times in the past, and was not reliable. While he was on TV saying that, Greta got an email from Thomas Morphey’s sister, who said that was a blatant lie. He had “never tried suicide before.” We have not found any references to Mr. Morphey’s “many” suicide attempts in the media, other than coming from Brodsky himself. Wouldn’t it just be wiser, sound more reasonable, to say if and when Mr. Morphey does testify at a potential trial, Brodsky will submit evidence that disputes these implications? No, instead, a man’s mental stability, references to medication he has been prescribed, and name calling is the rule of the day. “Fantasy.” “Delusional.”
CONFIDENTIAL MEDICAL RECORDS
Funny guy, that Brodsky is, since we are all covered under the HIPAA Privacy Rule, which “provides federal protections for personal health information held by covered entities, and gives patients an array of rights with respect to that information.” In other words, unless one specifically gives another a Medical Authorization to freely obtain one’s medical records, they are private. Confidential. We here assume Mr. Morphey did not give Brodsky a Medical Authorization to legally obtain his medical records, so we must assume Brodsky is full of himself and is merely making up the accusations of Mr. Morphey’s multiple suicide attempts to deflect attention from his crime-suspect client. What is the word that comes to mind, the one defense lawyers hate? Oh, yeah, “hearsay.” Brodsky must be relying on “hearsay” to make those bold statements repeatedly about Mr. Morphey’s “many suicide attempts”. Unless Brodsky comes out with proof and can verify he has legally obtained authentic medical records relating to Mr. Morphey, we can just assume it’s all smoke and mirrors, once again.
GRAND JURY PROCEDURES
A couple of questions and/or comments have come up about witnesses and their appearance before the Peterson Grand Jury. In summary, one of the functions of a grand jury is to determine whether a person should be charged or prosecuted for a criminal act. The prosecutor generally arranges to have witnesses available to appear before the grand jury, and, “ordinarily, only witnesses for the State will be called to testify. In this way, proceedings before the grand jury differ from a trial of a case. However, the grand jury itself has the right to subpoena and question any person against whom the Prosecutor is seeking a Bill of Indictment, or any other person, and to obtain and examine any documents or transcripts relevant to the matter being presented by the Prosecutor…The grand jury is the sole judge of the sufficiency of the evidence required to indict.
The jury has heard and, hopefully, uncovered more information with each witness. Time will tell what the truth is. If that means an indictment and a future trial, at least we will no longer be subjected to “fantasies” and “delusional” comments about any witness that is a part of Drew Peterson’s crimes.