On May 28th at the IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, WGN Radio’s Legally Speaking presented a mock trial of the closing arguments in the prosecution of Drew Peterson for the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
State’s Atty. James Glasgow took Chicago-Kent College of Law and WGN to task for staging the proceedings, going so far as to call a school dean, the show and the Illinois Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission to try and prevent the “abhorrent” event, which ended with a hung jury.
Chicago-Kent College of Law Dean Harold Krent said WGN contacted both sides in advance of the mock trial but he didn’t hear of Glasgow’s objections until the prosecutor left him a message the day of the event.
Attorney and co-host of Legally Speaking, Karen Conti presented closing arguments for the prosecution; while attorney Joseph Lopez argued for the defense of Peterson. The case was presided over by retired Judge Richard E. Neville.
In my opinion, the proceeding is ultimately irrelevant. The arguments were based only on what is publicly known to be the evidence, and the jurors were given only twenty minutes to deliberate.
Still, there’s no denying that it’s a fascinating venture. After all, isn’t this what we do on blogs and forums every day?
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