Today, self-described discrimination attorney and feminist lawyer Gloria Allred released a statement on behalf of her new client, Christina Raines. Here it is in its entirety:
Today, I can confirm that I will be representing Chrissy Raines as a spokesperson in the case of People v. Drew Peterson.
Chrissy, age 24, has known Mr. Peterson for many years. This year they became romantically involved and she lived on and off with him for part of this year. She cares for him and believes that he cares for her. They did have plans to marry once the divorce from Stacy Peterson became final.
Chrissy was shocked when Drew was arrested on a charge that he killed Kathleen Savio (his third wife). She takes no position on whether or not he is guilty of that crime or whether or not he had anything to do with the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson. That is for the jury to decide. However, her heart goes out to both families who have suffered such a terrible loss.
Chrissy may be a witness in this case. If called as a witness Chrissy plans to tell the truth.I am in the process of applying to the Illinois Court for permission to represent her in this matter. It will be within the discretion of the Court as to whether or not to admit me for this purpose.
Chrissy has no plans to do any interviews at this time. She wishes to maintain her privacy both at work and at home. Chrissy asks that the press not contact her, since she will not be making any comment, and will simply refer everyone to me. Any such contact with Chrissy will be viewed by me as attempted harassment of a potential witness.
I look forward to working with Chrissy Raines and protecting her rights in this very challenging, emotionally tumultuous, high profile case.
Attorney at Law
May 15, 2008
As far as considering approaches to her client as harrassment, if Ms. Raines continues to make obscene gestures, and to swear and swat at the press, I get the feeling they are only going to be more inclined to pursue quotes from her. Some ladylike behavior might be more fitting with her apparent desire to be left in peace.
I somehow doubt that Chrissy’s heart goes out to the families. Her actions have shown nothing but disrespect for them since the beginning and her actions speak volumes. I hardly think they need or desire the condolences of the woman who jokes to Drew, “Are you going to drown me in the bathtub, too?”
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