Drew Peterson hearing delayed. Potential jurors brought into court.

Peterson hearing delayed; potential jurors called in

August 14, 2009

From Staff Reports
JOLIET — An expected hearing on a motion for a change of venue in the Drew Peterson case was delayed this morning when the judge told the courtroom he planned to bring some 240 potential jurors into the courtroom.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Will County Judge Stephen White said this morning that the jurors would be brought into the courtroom in groups of 60. He did not indicate if arguments on the motion for a change of venue would be heard later today.

White said he planned to give the potential jurors instructions, similar to those in any other case, about presumption of innocence and burden of proof.

Potential jurors also would be admonished about avoiding media reports about the case, White said.

Jurors also will be given a questionnaire that among other things lists some 493 potential witnesses in the case. Potential jurors will be asked to indicate if they have any connection with them.

All reporters were then ordered out of the courtroom.

Andrew Abood, an attorney for Peterson, objected to what he called a “closed courtroom.”

Karen Conti, Adamski & Conti, LLC

Karen Conti, Adamski & Conti, LLC

White replied that there simply was not room for the potential jurors and the crowd of reporters.

Story at the Sun-Times

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156 thoughts on “Drew Peterson hearing delayed. Potential jurors brought into court.

  1. Good morning Everyone! I am curious to see what is going to happen this morning at court. I have a hard time believing the judge is going to rule in Brodsky’s favor. I was watching the news this morning. Cltv News even made remarks of their numerous tv interviews, radio shows etc. I just can’t see this being a good reason for a change of venue!! Yes, Drew might be well known but because of what himself, and his own atty did. The prosecution didn’t go running their mouths on national television. They have said very little from the beginning, along with the ISP. If this is the case no matter where they hold the trial he wouldn’t get a fair trial cause no matter where they have the trial they can google Drew Peterson! Joel’s logic in this is completely ridiculous.

  2. Oh let’s no forget Joel discussing the case, and answering questions on another web site! Talk about tainting the jury pool! Glad the ISP was well aware of it, and have it all logged and documented that Joel himself was trying to sway the jury with his one sided answers in Drews favor! Oh but the prosecution tainted the jury pool and the media! What a crock lol

  3. I think it’s pretty much a given that even the reporters covering this have a hard time keeping a straight face when they talk about the reasons the defense wants a change of venue. We all know why Peterson is so well known–it’s because he did everything within his reach to make it that way. Maybe it was their strategy all along, who knows. They don’t want the judge to consider how it happened or why, just that it did and it’s going to hurt his chances. It appears that the defense’s strategy is muck up the playing field, then cry foul. That’s exactly what they’re doing. They cause the commotion, but they want to whine about it and make it all better.

    Bah.

  4. Karen Conti was reporting on Fox this morning. This is a synopsis of her remarks. Hopefully, I’m close to accurate as to her comments.

    She said that the jurors are relied upon to tell the truth and to be objective. They’re held to a high standard.

    She said in motions like this, it’s wise to take polls to see how this would play out. High poll numbers that work against the defendant would help to get the case taken out of venue. Brodsky didn’t do that. Karen Conti said “I have some doubts it’s going to be moved.”

    The Fox News reporter asked her how come these guys are constantly on camera if they’re asking for a change of venue due to the excessive media attention. She said the judge will consider that, and that the judge has a higher duty and has to have a decorum in the courtroom. The judge will look to see who instigated the publicity and consider it.

    As to where to move it, she said a move to a rural area could be worse. The judge will look at the demographics and find a place where demographics are similar. She thinks somewhere like Peoria – blue collar/ethnic background.

    She was asked if the judge rules against Drew, will that be reason for appeal, and she said absolutely. That’s the reason for bringing the motion.

    She said if judge decides there are no inflammatory or untrue allegations out there, he won’t move the trial. He’ll rule at a later date.

  5. It’s my understanding that, no matter what JB and DP have said or done, it is his right to ask for a change of venue. The judges only concern is that DP gets a fair trial.

  6. Hi Grandam. Yes, I think we all agree we want to see Peterson get a fair trial and be judged by the true facts. We’ve seen his tactics, along with his lawyers, and we know he’s a low life POS. But, he’s going to be in a courtroom now, where it counts, so he’ll have to shut his pie hole and play according to the rules now, won’t he?

  7. Agreed that Peterson has the right to ask for a change of venue, but I don’t believe the judge has to grant it if he doesn’t think it is warranted. He may deem that moving the trial to a different county would make no difference, once you take into account the national attention the case has gotten.

    I guess we’ll find out soon.

  8. As I understand it, the judge will be looking into whether the coverage of DP is inflammatory, or contains false and/or inaccurate information.

    Let’s see. Joking about bling and how funny it is to be locked up; calling Matt Lauer to chat about his situation after being charged with two counts of murder; being considered for the position of boss of a whore house in Nevada; going on Mancow, being used as a pawn for hawking chicken wings; getting engaged to a 23 year old, who comes, who goes, who comes, who goes, and jokes about Kathleen drowning in a bath tub; promoting a radio show about winning a date with Drew; walking around and video recording reporters while he told them he was just trying to show them how it felt, but kept up his own nonsense for more than a year anyway.

    I hope we actually do get reports on how the prosecution answers this nonsense!

  9. Exactly 80-90 percent if not more brought on by Drew, Joel, and Drews little girlfriends the last year. Not to mention the Book that came out that Drew went along with and gave his side of the story, which is lies.

  10. I’m not quite sure I understand Joel’s Google reasoning for getting a change of venue. That would mean that only potential jurors in Will County Google?

    If everyone else in Illinois “Bings” then I guess that’s a whole other motion?

  11. Agree with you on that, Noway. His Googling only shows what a person, anywhere in the world could find, if they chose to search for the term “Drew Peterson” on the Internet, using the Google search engine.

    I fail to see how this shows that Will County residents were subjected to an inordinate amount of media saturation about the case, much less that it was innacurate or inflammatory.

  12. DP said he hates reading, and
    facsmiley Said:

    If he doesn’t have control of the TV and no computer access, and he doesn’t want to exercise…what else is there to do but read? They aren’t going to be giving him any knitting needles…

    Doesn’t leave many options for someone with little imagination and less interest in anything outside boys’ toys, alcohol and jailbait. I suppose this might mean he’s become adept at the stealth-wank.

  13. No, I don’t think he does. ROFL of course there’s no precedent for this. Only our own Broadway Joel has pushed this wheeze to its limits.

  14. Well good news looks like case is staying here and they are going ahead with questionares to get jury panel going and picking potential jurors. Joel loses again 🙂

  15. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1716632,Peterson-hearing_jo081409.article

    Peterson hearing delayed; potential jurors called in

    August 14, 2009

    From Staff Reports
    JOLIET — An expected hearing on a motion for a change of venue in the Drew Peterson case was delayed this morning when the judge told the courtroom he planned to bring some 240 potential jurors into the courtroom.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with murder in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Will County Judge Stephen White said this morning that the jurors would be brought into the courtroom in groups of 60. He did not indicate if arguments on the motion for a change of venue would be heard later today.

    White said he planned to give the potential jurors instructions, similar to those in any other case, about presumption of innocence and burden of proof.

    Potential jurors also would be admonished about avoiding media reports about the case, White said.

    Jurors also will be given a questionnaire that among other things lists some 493 potential witnesses in the case. Potential jurors will be asked to indicate if they have any connection with them.

    All reporters were then ordered out of the courtroom.

    Andrew Abood, an attorney for Peterson, objected to what he called a “closed courtroom.”

    White replied that there simply was not room for the potential jurors and the crowd of reporters.

  16. Hey you silly gooses. How times must I remind you that whatever Joel says, expect the opposite. Nothing that he has predicted has come out in his favor yet. He’s pretty much 0 for 0.

    No one though he’d win this one, I hope!

  17. Peterson judge to question potential jurors

    Associated Press – August 14, 2009 12:34 PM ET

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – The judge assigned to Drew Peterson’s murder trial is asking potential Will County jurors to fill out questionnaires even though the former police officer wants his trial moved.

    Judge Stephen White on Friday said he’ll have 240 people fill out the questionnaire – the first step in jury selection – although no trial date has been set.

    A hearing was set for later Friday on Peterson’s request to move the trial out of Will County because of pretrial publicity.

    White says he’s proceeding under the assumption the trial will be in Will County. He says he’s trying to protect a jury pool by warning them not to read or listen to reports about the case.

    Peterson is charged in the 2004 slaying of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=10931313

  18. Facs,

    Yes your right exactly! Drew won’t get a change of Venue IMO I think he is here to stay in Will County till the end of trial. I can’t wait to hear, and see everything they have on Peterson. The way they are handling this, I would say alot!

  19. All reporters were then ordered out of the courtroom.

    Andrew Abood, an attorney for Peterson, objected to what he called a “closed courtroom.”

    White replied that there simply was not room for the potential jurors and the crowd of reporters.

    This makes me laugh. He must have been so thrown for a loop..he just has to object to SOMETHING.

  20. LOL 😀
    Drew can’t get a fair trial because of the publicity and then they object to the reporters being ordered out of the courtroom?

    Am I the only one who sees the irony?

  21. I guess nobody on the defense team saw the irony … or it was just Abood’s promise to himself that before this thing was over, he was going to object to something!

  22. It sounds to me IMO that they are anxious to get this trial underway with or without Joel and Aboods objections. They are saying they could possibly get a panel today between the 60 this morning and 60 this afternoon even without a trial date set. I don’t know what do you think?

  23. Facs Really? Well I wonder how they are going to get a jury panel set up? They were just saying if it was they would be ordered not read the newspaper, or listen to the news till the trial starts? lol I dont know about you but I would have a hard time doing that for 2-3 months.

  24. Channel 9 reporter synopsis:

    Judge is impaneling a jury before a confirmed trial date. Judge took everyone by surprise; everyone shocked and confused. She said, though, that the Will County State’s Attorney said something was going to happen in court today that was interesting. She said the judge wants to make sure jurors won’t read anything from this point on, or listen to any news coverage, and that, right now, they’re filling out questions. Some are wondering if this move by judge is to prove that 12 jurors can be impaneled from this county that are fair and impartial. This is going on in-between change of venue argument.

    She reported that DP has appeared on every local and national news venue to plead his innocence.

    Brodsky was asked about DP’s contribution to this media coverage, and he said he doesn’t agree that Drew’s talking is the cause. He says they were already camped out at his house a month before he came on.

    Reporter say DP has been very eager to speak and get publicity, and doesn’t think judge is going for this argument.

    Judge still going to hear arguments later today. Attys for both sides will be given the jurors questionnaires.

    She commented that if they’re seated today, how long will they have to wait to hear the case. They could be waiting for a month and told not to read the papers, since a trial date hasn’t even been set yet, and DP has waived his right to a speedy trial.

    Everyone waiting to see the outcome.

  25. 240 potential jurors being questioned to find 12. Sounds plausible to me! Great move by Judge White.

    If the hearsay law hearing isn’t until October 2, and all the motions need to be settled before trail I can’t imagine when this thing will begin.

  26. ~snipped~

    She reported that DP has appeared on every local and national news venue to plead his innocence.

    Is that what he was doing? I really misunderstood what he was saying. My bad I guess. 🙄

  27. Yes, sounds like Judge White is as innovative as the defense counsel. Maybe Joel Brodsky has “met his match.” Threw him off. Just like Glasgow did in the beginning. Didn’t charge DP in October when he said he contemplated doing so, asked for a change of judge. Asked for and got an enormous bond, without reduction by either new judge.

    The defense team kind of reminds me of Linda Blair’s head spinning around on her neck in that scary movie. This is a scary case!

  28. Ha – anyone noticed that Lisa Bloom did NOT get the big news that a herd of potential jurors was going to be called in today? You know, get the news out the day before, like she does when Joel spoon feeds her his muck. That’s because she didn’t move away from the machine that was blowing air up her butt.

  29. If I remember correctly, Drew was on some local and national venues to, among other things, discuss his love life, find a date, interview for a job at a whore house, market a book, challenge Geraldo Rivera to a cage fight, and advertise a sports bar.

  30. Nice observation, Rescue. Lisa Bloom has all the “exclusive” updates…as long as they are supplied to her by the defense.

    And as long as I’m feeling scrappy, where are all the self-proclaimed psychics? Why aren’t they telling us what’s going to happen in court before it happens?

    I guess I’m just relieved to have some actual news to discuss. 🙂

  31. I guess he planned to proclaim his innocence one date at a time? And to all the potential jurors at the Bunny Ranch?

    Damn those missed opportunities.

  32. REPOST

    Article VIII – Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct

    Rule 3.6. Trial Publicity

    (a) A lawyer who is participating or has participated in the investigation or litigation of a matter shall not make an extrajudicial statement that a reasonable person would expect to be disseminated by means of public communication if the lawyer knows or reasonably should know that it would pose a serious and imminent threat to the fairness of an adjudicative proceeding.

    (b) There are certain subjects which would pose a serious and imminent threat to the fairness of a proceeding, particularly when they refer to a civil matter triable to a jury, or a criminal matter. These subjects relate to:

    (1) the character, credibility, reputation or criminal record of a party, suspect in a criminal investigation or witness, or the identity of a witness, or the expected testimony of a party or witness;

    http://www.state.il.us/court/SupremeCourt/Rules/Art_VIII/default.asp

    So, wouldn’t some of the posts Joel Brodsky made at SYM made qualify?

    Author Topic: Peterson Case Discussion # 3 (Read 6,643 times)
    joelbrodsky
    Member

    Joined: May 2008
    Gender: Male
    Posts: 167
    Re: Peterson Case Discussion # 3
    « Result #1 on Jul 26, 2008, 7:33pm »

    ——————————————————
    Did you see Len/Ashely’s new (July 26) post on the drewpeterson1.blogspot.com blog? More proof he is a bad liar. He starts out by saying that yes he did file a bankruptcy, but that was because of his sick mother, and that he voluntarily dismissed the case because he made arrangements to voluntarily repay the creditors. What a crock.
    Go to http://www.crimefilenews.com/2008/07/len-wawczak-responds-to-crimefile-news.html and you will see the actual bankruptcy court documents. Wawczak’s bankruptcy was dismissed on the motion of his mortgage bank because he and Paula Stark were trying to commit Bankruptcy Fraud. Documents don’t lie. This proves that not only is Wawcak a liar, but he is a bad liar. Wawczak says he can’t wait until I cross examine him at a trial. Well all I can say is too bad it will never happen because, now more than ever, I am sure Drew Peterson will never be charged.

    If that’s not publicly attacking a witness’ “character, credibility, and reputation” then I guess I don’t know what is.

  33. REPOST

    Another blatant example of Joel breaching the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct is when he released a portion of his discovery materials to Paul Huebl who then made public the name of a witness (Mike Kurdenok). Anyone who thinks that Huebl wasn’t supplied with this info by Joel Brodsky, needs to reread the post from last August 20, at Huebl’s blog:

    http://www.crimefilenews.com/2008/08/breaking-news-drewpeterson-search.html

    Huebl: “…The search warrant was turned over just today to Peterson’s lawyer Joel Brodsky in discovery material. The name was redacted by Joel Brodsky until such time as he can interview this witness. This excerpt was found on page 10 of the 12 page affidavit…”

    This was followed by a post the next day in which Huebl “outs” the witness by name, gives his address and states that he contacted him by phone.

    http://www.crimefilenews.com/2008/08/what-else-does-mike-kurdenok-knows.html

    Huebl: “…Mike Kurdenok, 38 told police…that he had drinks with Stacy Peterson one night after school…I’d certainly have visited the neighbors at Kurdenok’s house located at 410 4th Ave in Coal City IL and asked them if they ever saw Stacy Peterson before or after she was reported missing…I Called Kurdenok myself at his home telephone number. I told him I was a private investigator working on this case and he quickly slammed the phone on me… “

  34. After watching again how this reporter described how potential seated jurors would be waiting months before the trial actually begins, doesn’t it go back to the judge putting a gag order on all involved to keep this matter out of the news? Even if the jury is picked, there really hasn’t been much to read, short of whatever Brodsky disseminates to Armie, Paulie and Bloomie. If the potential jurors haven’t heard “it” by now, they’re not going to hear “it” forthcoming. It’s all out there, except for Brodsky’s blow-by-blow motions.

    Again, they look like less than professional boobs.

  35. I have to laugh … the guy talking in video called the judge Stephen Williams. Oh well … a rose by any other name is still a rose. 😉

  36. Hi Harleyjoey. Yeah, that was on our local news last night.

    I’m not sure what we’re supposed to take from this investigative report (it’s sweeps month here for the local news stations, so they’re all doing special reports on something).

    I guess the implication is this prisoner thinks the autopsy the pathologist did on the man he’s accused of killing was flawed, and because he’s the one that did Kathleen’s first autopsy, it might also be flawed too, according to Fox.

    But, no specifics and no formal accusations.

  37. Hi Rescue. My initial thought was that the guy is looking for his 15 minutes.

    Abood is really goofy. He reminds me of a nerdy kid in school that just doesn’t seem to “Get it”. LOL

  38. the character of a witness one I have first knowledge of when he sent me a pm discussing things about Mims and his personal life with his ex. He was all ticked off cause I tried to defend Mims when he was trashing him on SYM. He proceeded to tell me things in PM that is personal and nobodys business about. Yeah what an atty. Then when I replied back and he didn’t like it, he went crying to the admin there. After that, he went on to try and humiliate me in the forum, and talk about Mims some more. Yeah I guess that goes with misconduct of a witness. He was trying to destroy his credibility in the public eye before this even went to trial. That is just one of many this Joel has done.

  39. WBBM reported DP was in a suit and tie today, and that he greeted potential jurors. Could they have set a trial day, behind close doors, when JB presented motions?? Remember on Aug. 10 they asked the judge for a meeting in chambers? I really have this feeling that a trial date was set at that time, that’s the reason to start jury poll today.

  40. Harleyjoe, I was thinking the same thing when I first saw mention of this story.

    I guess it is feasible that if we believe Mitchell made mistakes with Kathleen’s autopsy, he could have made mistakes in others.

    The victim in the case above had cocaine in his system, an incredibly high BAC (.446), and was burned but it was the bruises around the victim’s neck that resulted in determination that he’d been strangled. I’m hoping it was more than the sight of the bruises that lead to this determination!

    The deep bruises on Henker’s neck led Mitchell to conclude Henker was strangled.

    It will be interesting to see how this plays out. IMO

  41. The Channel 7 (abc news) reporter that’s covering this tweeted that there’d be an update at 4pm. For those out-of-state, Channel 7 is the only news at 4pm, so I expect they’ll have as much up-to-date information as there is.

  42. That report about Mitchell’s history of a mistake didn’t come from Bloomie, did it? lol. I don’t think there’s any use to the defense, there. For one, the original descriptive findings were confirmed by a further 2 autopsies.

  43. Illinois Murder Suspects Drew Peterson and Greg Long Say Cases Flawed Because of Same Coroner
    ************

    Actually, this heading by the National Fox News is incorrect. Peterson has said all along the first autopsy was correct, and he’s hanging his hat on that assumption. Neither Peterson, nor Brodsky, had anything to do with this interview, and neither was quoted as saying Dr. Mitchell’s autopsy of Kathleen was flawed.

    So, this is a perfect example of a story snowballing into something more than what is was meant to be – that the man who has been convicted of murder is THE one that says the autopsy on his friend was flawed.

  44. It might be interpreted that Mitchell’s being trussed up to take the blame for the incorrect coroner’s verdict, non-investigation, etc. Just a thought.

  45. Here’s the latest AP News report:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090814/ap_on_re_us/us_drew_peterson_court

    Judge in Drew Peterson case preparing jury pool
    AP

    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer Don Babwin, Associated Press Writer – 26 mins ago

    JOLIET, Ill. – Hundreds of potential jurors in the murder trial of former police officer Drew Peterson were asked to fill out questionnaires Friday, although no trial date has been set and Peterson wants the trial moved.

    Will County Judge Stephen White said he was proceeding under the assumption that the trial will remain in the county, and was trying to protect a jury pool. After potential jurors entered the courtroom, Peterson, wearing a gray suit, stood and greeted them.

    “Good morning, folks. How are you?” he said.

    White instructed the group to avoid any media coverage of the case and to avoid looking it up on the Internet.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, has pleaded not guilty to a first-degree murder charge in the 2004 death of his third wife Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a dry bathtub.

    Savio’s death was originally ruled an accident. But after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in October 2007 and Peterson was named a suspect, Savio’s body was exhumed. Her death was ruled a homicide after a new autopsy was conducted.

    A hearing was scheduled for later Friday on Peterson’s request to move the trial from Will County because of pretrial publicity — some of it courted by Peterson and his attorney, who went on numerous television and radio shows.

    White planned to have 240 people fill out questionnaires Friday. He gave potential jurors a list of 493 people whose names could come up during the trial to see if they knew any them.

    He said he did not know when the trial would begin, but said they should not change any plans.

    White also set an Oct. 2 hearing on a motion filed by Peterson’s attorneys challenging the constitutionality of a hearsay law passed in Illinois in 2008 and widely viewed as a response to the case.

    Prosecutors have said the law would allow Savio to “testify from the grave” by admitting into evidence her past statements that she believed Peterson wanted her dead.

    But Peterson’s attorneys said in their motion that the law “would allow gossip, innuendo, rumor and back-fence scandal to come into a court of law and masquerade as evidence.”

    Peterson has been jailed on $20 million bail since his arrest in May. A judge refused to reduce his bail after prosecutors claimed he tried to pay someone $25,000 to kill Savio before allegedly drowning her himself.

  46. Remember just how poor, how absurd Bratsy’s motion was? It’s a big relief to me that Judge White did brush him off. I like to think that privately he said something along the lines of “You gotta be kidding me”.

    Joel wasn’t looking happy. I think he might in fact have made a Freudian slip about not breaking rules of conduct. He went on to emphasis no laws had been broken. He didn’t look very confident. 🙂

  47. The judge is simply doing what Joel asked him to do in his motion. They cannot complain. IMO 😉

    WHEREFORE, Defendant, Drew Peterson, by and through his attorneys, respectfully requests that this Honorable Court enter an Order allowing for pre trial jury questionnaires, in chamber voir dire, additional peremptory challenges, and upon exhaustion of such remedies, grant the Defendant’s Motion for Change of Venue based upon the Defendant’s inability to receive the fair trial demanded by the Constitution of the United States.

  48. Please fix the bracket issue.

    Also, it was pointed out that the judge could not ask the reporters to leave.

    As the proceedings began, White attempted to bar reporters from the courtroom. But when the assembled press protested that such a move would be illegal, and even prosecutors and defense attorneys pointed out the potential pitfalls of such a ruling, the judge relented and agreed to allow three pool reporters to remain present.

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/The-Drews-and-Drew-Nots-of-Petersons-Trial-53238202.html

    Damn! Guess Abood knew what he was doing and I owe him an apology.

  49. Yeah, Bucket, exactly. Remember Karen Conti’s past response to a question regarding Brodsky (Abood) saying that The Naperville Sun published a book, with Drew Peterson on its cover, hooked up to a lie detector machine?

    No one can deny the Chicago Tribune and the Naperville Sun have reported on this case regularly. The Naperville Sun has even published a book about Mr. Peterson, featuring him on the cover connected to a lie detector machine.

    Karen Conti’s comments about credibility:

    “…..You never want to lose credibility with the judge. And if you are right and this is a book that was participated in by Peterson, this judge will be angry and will question what the defense says throughout this litigation.”

    Credibililty? Where?

  50. Noway, tsk, tsk, tsk.

    But when the assembled press protested that such a move would be illegal, and even prosecutors and defense attorneys pointed out the potential pitfalls of such a ruling, the judge relented and agreed to allow three pool reporters to remain present…

    The defense attorneys are last in protests. Maybe he caught on after everyone else moaned about it!

    Take it back, Noway, take it back.

  51. LOL

    I was just thinking that he should have let the judge do something potentially illegal and let the chips fall where they would.

    But my goal was to get out of apologizing … and I thought I was being unfair!

    Consider it taken back. 😀

  52. This is what Karen Conti basically said this morning on Fox News Chicago:

    She said in motions like this, it’s wise to take polls to see how this would play out. High poll numbers that work against the defendant would help to get the case taken out of venue. Brodsky didn’t do that. Karen Conti said “I have some doubts it’s going to be moved.”

    This is the latest headline of Chicago Breaking News (Chicago Tribune)

    Potential Peterson jurors to be polled — but no trial date yet

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/08/hearing-today-on-moving-drew-petersons-trial.html

    Heh, Heh. Karen Conti got it right!

  53. question for Karen Conti
    Have you ever heard of potential jurors being polled before a trial date has been set?

  54. Grandam – I did send her a couple of questions, one along the lines of what she thinks of the action on the judge by questioning these jurors, and whether or not any of these people can answer reporters’ questions about what was on the questionnaire.

  55. Grandam, I was thinking the same thing-wondering if the judge brought any bait and tackle in with him this morning.
    And I don’t understand how he can give instructions to not watch or read, since no one has been seated. ????
    Karen, this is a question for you, please.

  56. Peterson sat in court dressed in a gray suit and tie, wearing white socks with dark shoes. He politely said hello to the potential jurors after they sat down.

    After they saw Peterson and heard which case they had been called for, a few of them smiled.

    I wonder if smiling merited an immediate disqualification.

  57. grandam Says:
    August 14, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    question for Karen Conti
    Have you ever heard of potential jurors being polled before a trial date has been set?

    I Googled “potential jury being polled” with “Drew Peterson” as unwanted words, and got 430,000 hits.

    It’s been done before. In fact, it is being done in another case I’ve just been reading about. The judge used the jury questionnaires to guide him in his questioning. They polled about 170 jurors.

    http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=95695&provider=rss

  58. Channel 7 just reported that the judge is not going to make a decision until October whether or not to move the trial.

    Glasgow argued that it is possible to find a jury, and he also brought up the fact that the defendant and the defense were a factor in the publicity.

    Leah Hope, the reporter, then commented on how Glasgow would not give any interviews today. The defense appeared on camera at least three times today.

  59. http://www.suntimes.com/news/peterson/1716918,judge-preparing-peterson-jury-pool-081409.article

    Excerpt

    Peterson attorney Reem Odeh said much of the intense publicity surrounding the case has been negative and inflammatory, making it impossible for Peterson to get a fair trial in Will County. She said there also was a chance Peterson arrested or ticketed potential jurors or their family members during his three decades as a police officer.

    Yeah, win a date with Drew, with help from your attorney, is negative and inflammatory. So is plugging your lawyer’s chicken wings and bar. Or, maybe having your attorney call the Morning Show to give them a heads up Drew would be calling collect from jail. How about saying you don’t believe in lie detectors, then letting your client get hooked up to one in your office. And then try and say they’re okay when your client answers the way you like. Ah hem.

    Prosecutors said there is no reason to move the case, especially since Peterson and his attorneys courted much of the publicity on television and radio shows. But Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow says he’d agree to a venue change if it became clear during jury selection that a fair trial was impossible.

    White planned to have 240 people fill out questionnaires Friday. He gave potential jurors a list of 493 people whose names could come up during the trial to see if they knew any them. the judge also instructed the group to avoid media coverage of the case, which has received worldwide attention, and not to look it up on the Internet.

    Peterson’s attorneys said it was very unusual for a judge to begin the jury-selection process months before the start of a trial and that it would be difficult for potential jurors to avoid publicity.

  60. Channel 7 showed a copy of the Peterson Jury Questionnaire on their 4:30 pm newscast. I wonder if that Questionnaire will be available to us, the public.

  61. RESPONSE FROM KAREN CONTI REGARDING JUDGE WHITE’S POLLING OF THE POTENTIAL JURORS

    I have never seen anything like this. I need to see what happens to even comment on it. I assume that the judge is going to use this to decide whether the community’s bias is so strong (with this sampling) that they cannot put aside their prejudices. Are they just filling out a questionaire or is the judge going to question them too? Are the attorneys going to get to question them? This is very interesting. I will be on Fox on Monday to talk about it. I will hopefully talk to Brodsky this weekend to get filled in if the media doesn’t do it for me.

  62. Attorney Conti has never seen anything like this, she said.

    No one has seen a murder suspect/indicted individual act like Drew Peterson either. It’s the most unconventional, unorthodox case of the decade, at least. It’s what brought us all here in the first place – the oddity of it all.

  63. Now if they could just fix the little bit about saying that the Naperville Sun published a book with a photo of Drew hooked up to a lie detector machine on the cover…

  64. This was the original paragraph in the motion:

    The Naperville Sun has even published a book about Mr. Peterson, featuring him on the cover connected to a lie detector machine.

    The correction is as follows:

    The Naperville Sun even published a story about Mr. Peterson about a book featuring him on the cover connected to a lie detector machine.

    **********************

    Is it just me, or does the correction not make sense? Published a “story” about Mr. Peterson “about a book”

    Huh?

  65. Has Joel Brodsky said any more about Mr. Peterson having to sit in jail being “unfair”, considering he deems the Hearsay Law to be “unconstitutional” and this issue is not going to be addressed until October – or has he forgotten about that now ??

    Also are they going to eventually pick a Jury from these 249 potential Jurors or just testing the water to see how tainted the Jury pool is in Will County and then let them go ??

    Sorry I don’t get where this is going (!!)

  66. Peterson attorney Reem Odeh said much of the intense publicity surrounding the case has been negative and inflammatory, making it impossible for Peterson to get a fair trial in Will County

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Oke to use Reem Odehs words if the intense publicity has been negative and inflammatory for it to make it impossible for Peterson to get a fair trial in Will County, what sort of publicity did he get outside of Will County then ???

    Other Counties in Illinois or anywhere else in the USA must get different news than Will County for her statement to make sense (!!)

  67. Wow Rescue, I just read the first correction and entirely missed that they attempted to remedy the blatant and stupid lie about the book and the photo that Joel Brodsky supplied to Armstrong.

    Now the sentence makes no sense at all.

  68. No, I fail to understand, Facs, what the correction is getting at. The Naperville Sun wrote a story about a book that had Drew on it’s cover, hooked up to a lie detector? For crying out loud, that pic was taken at his lawyer’s office, and it was their author. What don’t these lawyers get about this? Isn’t that what they wanted – the book to get publicity? Why are they singling out the Naperville Sun?

    Oh, forget it. The paragraph makes no sense anyway.

    Geesh.

  69. Yeah, why are they still trying (albeit badly) to cast blame on the Naperville Sun for doing anything besides promoting Drew’s book? Isn’t that what they’ve been doing since last September?

    Gak!

  70. I saw that line, Judgin, and I didn’t understand it. Is it just a punctuation problem (one too many commas?) Like it should read:

    “The judge advised the pool he had no plans to sequester Peterson’s jury, and had no intention of holding a trial which would last many months.”

  71. facsmiley Says:
    August 14, 2009 at 7:06 pm
    ***
    (Hanging head in shame…)
    That would have been me. Dang! Does this mean I’m responsible for doing their work for them? 😦

  72. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/bolingbrooksun/news/1716632,Peterson-hearing_jo081409.article

    [SNIP]

    Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow thinks it’s too early to make that decision. After all, the jury has yet to be picked.

    Will County Judge Stephen White heard arguments from both sides Friday. At the end of a brief afternoon hearing, he decided to take the matter under advisement.

    Although he was willing to announce his decision early next week, Peterson’s lawyers instead asked for the October court date.

  73. I wouldn’t worry about it Cheryl. You exposed the error and that’s a good thing. You wouldn’t want the defense to complain later on that they needed to refile something or other becuase of errors, would you? 🙂

  74. IMO, You’re correct… Judge White has no intention of holding a trial which would last many months.

    As published, it sounds like a Freudian slip…LOL

    rescueapet Says:
    August 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm
    Prosecutors said there is no reason to move the case, especially since Peterson and his attorneys courted much of the publicity on television and radio shows.

    But Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow says he’d agree to a venue change if it became clear during jury selection that a fair trial was impossible.

    Seems to me that Judge White and Prosecutor Glasgow mean business and want to honor DP’s wish to, “Get it done with.”

  75. I’m wondering what other surprises Judge White and Prosecutor Glasgow have in store for DP and his Dream Team.

  76. The legal analyst on Fox News Chicago did a short interview with the newscasters. They asked him about the judge seating a jury this early, before a trial has even been set. He said it’s not so much that he’s seating the jury, as he is preparing the potential jurors by telling them dont read the newspaper stories, dont follow news about the case. They asked him what are the chances for a change of venue? He said they’re very slim. He said if it was that easy to get a change of venue, everyone would be doing this, talking to the media, etc., if they thought they thought they thought they could get it changed. He said judges want the victims’ relatives to be able to see the trial, and a change of venue is a last resort, so as not to bring undue hardship on the victims’ families.

  77. As always, Facs seems to have hit the nail on the head regarding this statement by Judge White.
    I tried to comment on the website where the judge said that, but the system would not take either one of my email addys, and kept telling me my password(s) were incorrect. Not.
    Maybe someone else can get in and ask them to check their information.

  78. Maybe the Judge is getting fed up with all the nonsense that is presented as fact by the Defense and wants to move this case along, instead of it being forever stuck in senseless motions and appeals.

    Joels and Aboods motions are an insult to the Judiciary system with idiocy as worldwide Google results as grounds for a trial to be moved or filing a motion with totally contradictory statements in one sentence alone, as was corrected above !

    Good God, how unprofessional are these two !!

  79. judgin Says:

    August 14, 2009 at 9:10 pm
    I’m wondering what other surprises Judge White and Prosecutor Glasgow have in store for DP and his Dream Team.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL !!

  80. It IS possible to seat a serious fair jury…

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=313965
    12 jurors chosen for Brown’s murder trial
    By Barbara Vitello | Daily Herald Staff
    Contact writer
    Published: 8/14/2009 9:03 PM | Updated: 8/14/2009 9:04 PM

    After five days during which attorneys questioned about 100 prospective jurors, the defense and prosecution finalized the 12-person jury who will hear evidence in the murder trial of James Degorski, charged with first-degree murder in the 1993 slayings of seven people at a Palatine Brown’s Chicken and Pasta.

    Degorski’s co-defendant, Juan Luna, was convicted of the murders in 2007 and sentenced to life in prison.

    Jurors selected Friday include a mechanic in his mid-20s who counts “Cops” and “Court TV” among his favorite TV shows; a corrections officer who works at Cook County jail; a woman in her 20s who works for a managed care company; a computer programmer who had read about the case and formed opinions but said he could put them aside; and a lieutenant with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District in Stickney.

    Earlier Friday, a 19-year-old college student seated earlier this week as a juror was removed for cause after he informed the court he feared that serving on the jury could cost him his federal work-study job, which requires him to be a full-time student.

    The Illinois Institute of Technology student had said earlier in the week he was willing to take the semester off to serve on the jury. But on Friday he informed the court that doing so would make him ineligible for work-study.

    During a hearing Friday morning before Cook County Judge Vincent M. Gaughan, IIT officials said the school would grant the student leave and would reserve any scholarships he had received.

    Additionally, officials said the school would not collect on any student loans he had obtained from the school.

    Jury selection continues Saturday, when attorneys will begin selecting four alternates.

  81. DP has every chance to fire his attorneys if he doesn’t agree with them, or doesn’t think they can do a good job, or they are incompetent.

  82. judgin Says:

    August 14, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    DP has every chance to fire his attorneys if he doesn’t agree with them, or doesn’t think they can do a good job, or they are incompetent.

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    He won’t if they are as Sociopathic as he is as that makes it everyone elses fault !!

  83. I predict some incredible Courtroom antics from Joel Brodsky.

    Some totally mind boggling, bewildering and non-sensical statements and behavior from him.

    Remember you read it here first – LOL !

  84. You could be right. I stopped guessing what preposterous acts anyone will do anymore.

    But, I wouldn’t mess around in court if I were JB.

    It would make him look worse in the eyes of the jury.

    It would make his client look ‘guilty’ in the eyes of the jury.

    I’m not sure if Judge White wouldn’t throw JB’s butt in the clink and let Abood or Odeh speak for DP.

    I still believe that John Paul Carroll will represent DP during the actual Trial.

  85. snipped from Facs at 8:59
    Although he was willing to announce his decision early next week, Peterson’s lawyers instead asked for the October court date.

    Why after all that would they not want the judge’s decision ASAP?

    Are they thinking he’s going to rule against them?

  86. Circuit Judge Stephen White said he was working under the assumption that the trial will be held in Will County and will rule on the issue Oct. 2. He had jurors complete a 10-page, 33-question questionnaire that asked about their news consumption and family background. Jurors were also asked if they knew anyone on a list of 493 people whose names may be mentioned at trial. Police officers or investigators make up as much as a fifth of the list, Peterson attorney Reem Odeh said in court.

    Almost 100 of the witnesses are law enforcement.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-drew-peterson-15aug15,0,1793810.story

  87. Yeah, Noway, I thought that odd too. Why would they want the judge to delay his answer and wait a month and a half? Could it be because they want to do a whirlwind of research because, once again, they’ve been blindsided, and the judge took into consideration the prosecutions suggestion to do this? Maybe the defense has, after all, lost credibility with the judge.

  88. Are they busy writing up yet another motion? Peterson himself said that he would like to get going with things. Shouldn’t they respect his wishes? He’s the guy in jail…

  89. I like Judge White telling the potential jurors that reports in the news aren’t necessarily true. Who/what could he be referring to? LOL…..and feeling sorry for Odeh that she drew the short straw to argue the change of venue.

    I’m thinking Judge White rocks….call jurors in and get on with it. Whoosh!

  90. Rescue, I suppose they’ll use this time to check for additional errors in the motions they’ve filed. 😉

    Glasgow’s statement in an article I read this morning made me laugh. Any ‘damage’ as mentioned by Odeh is the work of her law firm, their client, and his PR guru. 🙄

    Odeh argued in court that “negative and inflammatory publicity” about the case along with Peterson’s long history as a police officer there meant her client could not get a fair trial in Will County.

    “The damage has been done,” she said.

    State’s Atty. James Glasgow said any damage was self-inflicted and that there were other ways to address any prejudice among jurors.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-drew-peterson-15aug15,0,1793810.story

  91. noway406 Says:

    August 15, 2009 at 2:56 pm
    Rescue, I suppose they’ll use this time to check for additional errors in the motions they’ve filed.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I bet you they won’t, as if they can’t even file one concise motion between however many lawyers Drew has these days, they never will (!)

    The Defense Team is addressing serious issues such as Reduction of Bond, Constitutionality of the Hearsay Law, Change of Venue etc, yet their motions are bordering on clownesque with utterly bizarre and non sensical reasoning and they are surely not doing that on purpose.

    That’s the way they are !!

  92. Are they busy writing up yet another motion? Peterson himself said that he would like to get going with things. Shouldn’t they respect his wishes? He’s the guy in jail…

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Normal Lawyer/Client principles don’t seem to apply here either as Joel doesn’t listen to Drew and Drew doesn’t listen to Joel.

    They just do and say whatever appears suitable at the time and everything they say and do is subject to change at any given time (usually the next sentence – LOL )

  93. See, I think Drew is calling all the shots-doesn’t it look like someone is in charge who knows nothing about nothing? And then the Brod can just turn palms up and say, “‘T’weren’t me, it was him.” At best these motions are elementary-at worst, they’re moronic. In between, they’re uneducated and off the wall. Typical of a man who doesn’t like to read, eh?
    Whoever’s in charge shouldn’t be-that’s my opinion.

  94. The defense must be desperate. Here’s Nurse Pauline claiming that Drew can’t get a fair trial because jury members will Google unless sequestered.

    What the eff is it with this defense team and Google?

    http://www.crimefilenews.com/2009/08/will-county-il-judge-stephen-whites.html

    I wrote two stories about this case and published the criminal record and immigration status of the state’s star witness. That information was ruled inadmissible at the trial.

    Most or all of the jury members Googled the names of the parties and found their way to my blog. They continued to “check in” for more salacious and inadmissible details for the length of that two week trial. The jury foreman was kind enough to post a comment informing me of the acquittal the very day it happened.

    I checked the ISP address of the foreman and it was identical to one that had visited my two articles on the case. I had subsequent telephone conversations with him and never revealed what transpired.

    The reality was that 14 different ISP addresses were on my blog for the entire time period of the trial. The jury consisted of 12 members and two alternates. I’d say it’s a safe bet that more members of that jury beyond the foreman violated the court’s admonishment.

    (BTW, I think he means IP address. ISP would be the provider.)

    Well, OK then. If sequestering is the only way to keep jury members from reading the kind of crap that Nurse Crimefiles posts, then I’m all for it. Sequester away!

  95. The more I think about this the funnier it is.

    According to the defense, constant negative media coverage has made a fair trial for Drew Peterson impossible. So…let’s pick a jury and then sequestor them with 22 months of negative press firmly stuck in their heads.

    Seriously, the only place they are going to read any defense of Peterson or wacked out slander of Kathleen and Stacy is on the blogs of nut-jobs like Nurse Pauline.

    If sequestoring keeps them from Googling and coming across that crap, fine by me.

  96. Weeeeell, It is my belief that the DP Dopey Dream Defense Dudes are trying to threaten, ‘scare’ and intimidate the potential jury pool to make it impossible to seat a jury !!!

    WHO was indicted, WHO was arrested, WHO did we watch on tv lying his a$$ off, WHO is sitting in the clink, and WHO is on going to be on trial here for the charges of Murder/Intent to …of Kathleen and pending Indictment for potential homicide of Stacy ???

    It sure ain’t the jury pool!

    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/The-Drews-and-Drew-Nots-of-Petersons-Trial-53238202.html
    The Drews and Drew Nots of Peterson’s Trial
    Judge says venue change ruling will come Oct. 2

    [snipped]
    “The judge advised the pool he had no plans to sequester Peterson’s jury, and had no intention of holding a trial, which would last many months.”

    *************************************
    After the Trial, we shall see the DP Dopey Dream Defense Dudes trying to find someone to serve the prison sentence on behalf of DP!

  97. cheryljones Says:

    August 16, 2009 at 12:59 pm
    See, I think Drew is calling all the shots-doesn’t it look like someone is in charge who knows nothing about nothing? And then the Brod can just turn palms up and say, “‘T’weren’t me, it was him.” At best these motions are elementary-at worst, they’re moronic. In between, they’re uneducated and off the wall. Typical of a man who doesn’t like to read, eh?
    Whoever’s in charge shouldn’t be-that’s my opinion.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I think Joel is already doing a pretty good job embarrassing himself without the help of Drew Peterson or at best he doesn’t seem to be able to translate Drews words into sensical motions if that’s what he’s been doing so far !!

  98. Good morning, everyone.

    Karen Conti was on Fox News this morning discussing the judge’s actions regarding polling potential jurors.

    She said she is still at a loss as to his reasons for doing this. Apparently, he’s polling jurors and questioning them to see if at least 60% can can put aside their prejudices. If that can’t be accomplished, then he would consider change venue of venue.

    The trial itself could be many months away, possibly a year. If he can impanel them now, the judge is going to admonish them to avoid any media regarding this case, but that might be difficult to do.

    She was asked what kind of questions the jurors are being asked. She said they’re being asked about their backgrounds, attitude towards law enforcement, what they know about case, and whether they can cast aside these factors.

    She was asked when a judge is deciding change/venue, would he normally do this. She said no, a judge wouldn’t normally do this. She said there’s other ways to do what this motion is asking. Both sides can do a public poll.

    At this time, neither side is being allowed by the judge to ask their own questions of the jurors.

    She was asked what advice she would have if she were the defense attorney. She said if the attorneys do get a chance to question the jurors, the defense should make sure jurors like the lawyers, and act credible. They want the jurors to toss aside what they saw in the media, indoctrinate the jury about their side of the case.

    She was asked about the issue regarding the hearsay law. She said it is going to be determined one way or the other. The judge will make a ruling and it will be decided before trial starts.

    She was asked why would the judge try and seat a jury now. Again, she said she’s not understanding it – but the judge wants desperately to know if there is pretrial prejudice. Once a jury is impaneled, they can’t go back and re-question them and start over.

  99. Good morning and I have another question.

    How could Judge White possibly decide from a questionnaire, potential jurors in Will County to be prejudical or not if he can’t possibly know what the results are going to be in any other County, unless he polls people everywhere (!!)

  100. JAH, I don’t think Judge White needs to compare the pool from Will County against anyone other place. He’s polling those who will make up the actual jury pool (if the trial isn’t moved) which is what Joel should have done in the beginning.

    Since Joel spent his time with useless Googling, the Judge is taking it upon himself to find out whether or not an unbiased jury can be assembled…the right way.

  101. How did Pauline know that it was the truck driver and not a member of the truck driver’s family or a friend who was using the computer that visited his site?

    And does his calculation that there were 14 different “ISPs” on his site and 12 jurors plus 2 alternates mean that nobody but those on a jury visit his website? Is nobody else interested in his website?
    😕

  102. Noway, as far as I could see Nursie has no proof at all of who it was visiting his site. Sounds to me like the only thing he proved is that he posted inadmissable evidence in the hopes that jurors would read it.

    So…if his agenda is to get around a judge’s directions for the jury, sounds like he’s the one who needs to be disciplined.

  103. He also just demonstrated a precedence for what we’ve seen him do for Joel in the Peterson case–leaking documents and witness information in an attempt to taint the jury pool.

    Whether he does it because he personally gets a kick out of the thought of fucking with a jury, or because he’s working for someone like Joel…it’s still wrong.

  104. If Paulie is doing this on the “advice” of someone, he is as guilty, if not more, than anyone he accuses of being narrow minded. To do this disgusting act to prove Peterson is not going to get a fair trial because potential jurors visit his website is disgusting.

    There isn’t any one of us that doesn’t believe that Peterson should get, and will, a fair trial. If a potential juror gets impaneled, but continues to hunt down and read reports, websites and blogs, then he should be discliplined and suffer the consequences of the law.

    But, for Paulie to accuse potential jurors of visting his site to prove his point, shows he’s nothing more than a puppet for a man HE believes is innocent BEFORE his trial. Oh, but that’s okay to think that way, but not for us to think he’s guilty.

    I’d like to see ONE credible fact that shows the cops should be looking for someone else as Kathleen’s murderer.

    All I’ve seen is how low a man’s defense can go, right along with the hired help.

  105. I wonder if Nurse Paulie, when ‘making ?comments? with his fugly face hanging out, was working ‘undercover’ during his appearance in the ‘Mock Trial’? …

    or was that just an unsuccessful attempt to show that DP has a crew working for him. Ha ha ha ha

  106. Is Will County the only place that Google works or are they the least respectful of judge’s orders? Thats what I am getting from Nurse dipstick’s comment. I think the only chance they have of escaping the possibility of Google interference is the moon. I am beginning to think they might be on Google’s payroll and get money for everytime they mention it.

  107. Hi Charmed, the case NP was posting about took place in Los Angeles, I believe.

    He doesn’t seem to have any foundation for his prediction that Peterson’s jury will disobey the judge’s admonishments.

  108. Oh our friend Crimefly is a sick puppy. I think you’re right, Facs. He wants to fuck with Judge White and his jury. Yeah, sure, the jury in California all fetched up at his website. Dick. Because he said so, huh?

    Some people do apparently deserve the face they have.

  109. JAH, I don’t think Judge White needs to compare the pool from Will County against anyone other place. He’s polling those who will make up the actual jury pool (if the trial isn’t moved) which is what Joel should have done in the beginning.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yes that’s right, because Joels argument was based on world wide Google results that supposedly poisened everyones mind in Will County, but world wide Google results don’t apply where Joel wants the trial to be moved to – LOL !

  110. Just goes to show if you sprout enough nonsense it automatically becomes someone elses problem (!)

    Maybe Joel is a genius after all – LOL !

  111. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1720756,4_JO17_Madigan-weigh-on-Peterson-case.article

    Madigan to weigh in on Peterson case
    August 17, 2009
    By STEWART WARREN swarren@scn1.com/swarren@scn1.com

    JOLIET – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan is now in Drew Peterson’s murder case.

    She filed a request to intervene Monday in Will County Court.

    On Aug. 10, Peterson’s lawyers asked Will County Judge Stephen White to declare unconstitutional a new Illinois statute often called Drew’s Law. Drafted by Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and approved by the Legislature last year, it allows some types of hearsay to be used in court, something that isn’t often done.

    To understand the law, consider this example: There is a court case, and the defendant knows a certain witness will testify. If the defendant kills the witness — or makes them disappear — to stop the testimony, the law allows statements made by the witness to be used in court.

    In this case, Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s missing fourth wife, allegedly told a minister that her husband had killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Stacy Peterson disappeared in October 2007. State police have called the case a potential homicide.

    Kathleen Savio was found dead in a bathtub in March 2004. Although her death initially was ruled to be an accident, an autopsy completed after Stacy Peterson’s disappearance ruled it a homicide.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, was charged in May with Savio’s murder and is being held at the Will County Jail.

    When the case returns to court Oct. 2, there will be a hearing on the constitutionality of Drew’s Law. In addition to Glasgow, an assistant attorney general will be at the hearing and will argue the state’s side of the issue.

    “This motion to intervene serves a very limited purpose,” explained Robyn Ziegler, one of Madigan’s spokeswomen. “The attorney general has the responsibility of defending the constitutionality of state laws.”

  112. It shows that White is making it clear who is in charge and the prosecution has no problem getting help to head off Bratsky’s attempts to delay and sidetrack. Judge White’s “unusual” actions with the jury candidates is simply the most efficient way to demonstrate whether or not a jury can be seated from Will County. Can you imagine the shenanigans as the defense prepares and executes its own questionnaire?
    Could we trust the results of any poll they ran? I thought not. 😉
    Madigan’s intervention is perfect. She will also be able to disabuse the defense’s claim forever, in court, about it being called “Drew’s” law.

    Brodsky’s rightly going to get a good drubbing. 😀

  113. I wonder whether Brodsky and crew focusing their attention in the wrong place.

    The State would not have charged Drew if their case was relying on the hearsay law. Brodsky is not the only one to believe it falls under ex post facto.

    IMO

  114. Actions speak louder than words.

    Judge White called DP/JB’s ‘bluff’ when he called in the 240 potential jurors.

    I’m anxious to see the document filed by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. It should be exciting reading.

  115. This current article seems to go into more detail regarding Lisa Madigan’s involvement, I believe.

    *************

    Madigan seeks to intervene in Drew’s case
    Comments

    August 18, 2009

    Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan wants to get involved in Drew Peterson’s murder case to help Will County prosecutors defend the constitutionality of a controversial new law known as “Drew’s law.”

    Peterson’s attorneys have asked Circuit Judge Stephen White to declare the law unconstitutional. Drafted by State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and approved by the Legislature last year, it allows hearsay evidence to be used in court under limited circumstances.

    Prosecutors want to use supposed statements by Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, who vanished in October 2007 and remains missing, in his trial for the March 2004 murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Stacy allegedly told a minister that her husband had killed Savio, who was found dead in a drained bathtub in her Bolingbrook house.

    Although her death initially was ruled an accident, the case was reopened after Stacy Peterson disappeared and was ruled a homicide.

    Peterson, 55, a former Bolingbrook police officer, was charged in May with Savio’s murder and is being held on $20 million bail at the Will County jail.

    White has scheduled an Oct. 2 hearing on the constitutionality of Drew’s Law. In addition to Glasgow, an assistant attorney general would argue on behalf of Drew’s law if White allows the office into the case.

    “This motion to intervene serves a very limited purpose,” Madigan spokeswoman Robyn Ziegler said Monday. “The attorney general has the responsibility of defending the constitutionality of state laws.”

    HERALD NEWS OF JOLIET

    http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1721167,081809drew.article

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