Peterson attorneys seek notes of Savio statement
December 4, 2009 3:01 PM
Attorneys for Drew Peterson, charged with murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio, alleged in court Friday that a sworn statement she made to an insurance-company lawyer contradicts her account that Peterson broke into their home in 2002 and threatened her with a knife. Peterson’s defense attorneys are seeking a copy of the notes made by an attorney working for Country Companies Insurance. Three letters written by the attorney have already been turned over to the defense team, said Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky.
They are seeking two others as well as notes the attorney made during Savio’s August 6, 2003, sworn statement. Brodsky said the documents should not be protected by attorney-client privilege because Country Companies has twice turned them over to prosecutors.
“When the defense issues subpoenas, then all of a sudden (it’s privileged),” said Brodsky, who said the notes could be crucial to demonstrating that certain hearsay statements not be admitted at trial.
Mark Ruda, an attorney for the insurance company, said the letters were turned over by mistake.
“The disclosure was inadvertent,” he said. “There was no intent to waive privilege.”
Judge Stephen White said he would look over the documents and issue an order, but said that “at this juncture” it appeared the notes would be protected.
A hearing before Judge White to determine whether hearsay evidence would be allowed during a jury trial is scheduled to begin Jan. 19.
— Steve Schmadeke
Here is Kathleen Savio’s report of the incident in which Drew broke into her home and threatened her (Spelling and grammar are hers).
November 14, 2002
Assitant States Attorney
121 N. Chicago Street
Joliet, Illinois, 60431
On three different occasions I have tried to reach you over the phone regarding charges I filed against Drew Peterson on the date of July 5, 2002.
Note, I did contact the Police Dept and talked to the Asst Chief Mike Calcagno, in reference to Drew Break in the same weekend. I than filed a report in regards to my safety, from Drew by two officer that arrive at my residents 392 Pheasant Chase, Bolingbrook, Il. 60490.
When I found out Mr Peterson was having an affair with a minor at the police department, he began to get very violent. By strking me with his hand and chasing me through the house with a police stick. At that time on record, I had to get an order of protection from him.
Their has been several times throughout my marriage with this man where I ended up at the emergency room in Bolingbrook for injuries, and I have reported this only to have the police leave my home without filing any reports.
On July 5th, Mr. Peterson got into my home with a garage door opener he programmed for himself, while I was out of town with my son’s. I was unaware of his presents, and was very afraid for my live. This man pop out from our living room while I was walking down stair, with a basket of laundry. I was shocked and dropped all the cloths and sood their, asking him to get out. Drew was in uniform (swat Uniform) with his police radio in his ear. He yelled, for me to sit down and be quiet I refused and he pushed me on the stairs. He told me to move down to the third step and not to move or speak. He was very angry that in our divorce the judge ruled he would have to pay me child support. He told me he didnt want to pay me anything. (He left my boys 8 and 9, and I With many bills, up to 2,000.00 and with an 11,000.00 income tax bill, as well as a 6800.00 property tax bill for us to pay. Needless to say we are without money of any credit) He kept me in position for a very long length of time, while trying to convince me how horrible I am, and i just need to die. He asked me several times If I was afraid, I started to panic! He pulled out his knife, that he kept around his leg and brought it to my neck. I thought I’d never see my boys again. I just told him to end this craziness and he for some reason pulled back. I didnt tell the police because I know they can’t protect me from him. I know he will be back; he’s now attempting to try to make me look like the bad guy, with untrue charges of Battery against him, and his 17 yr. Girlfriend. The sick thing is I really think they’re enjoying this. Over the summer they went out of their way to roller blade right in front of my home, drive by and stop for long lengths of time in front of the house. Childish things like his girl friend flipping me off if I was out in front with the kids while driving by.
At the present time my children have been in a program at school called rainbows, in efforts to repair some of the damage Drew and his girlfirend has created. One of which Drew falsely arrested me in front of my children with my face in the grass, and calling me a criminal for hitting his girlfriend, which didn’t happen. Instead, she called me a bounce of inappropriate name in front of my children, so I felt it was necessary to get them back in the house away from this. When I ran to the truck, it being very high up I notices Stacy his girl friend taping me, with the stolen camera Drew took from our home.
I attempted to take the camera and my next goal was to return to my home with my children. But I was thrown to the ground and treated like an outlaw, and booked and arrested for no reason. My wrist was sprained, when I was being thrown to the ground and held down by Drew, who was not on duty at the time. While this was happening my children were being held against their own will, by Stacy Cales, while she told them to sit down and be quiet. My son’s phyc is working with them but states, “she cant fix what continue to happen on a on going basis’. My eight year old come home from spending 1 hour with his dad, because he really is never there, and pushes his sons and girlfriend on my son all the time, and expressed to me that he was confused! It seemed that Drews live in girlfriend showed both my sons her wedding dress and ring, and told them she was going to marry their father. Of course that’s ok, for Adults, but when my boys come home with tears in their eyes, still hoping for mom and dad to get back together again, it become heart breaking and very confusing to them. They don’t understand how dad can get married if he’s still married to their mommy. The list goes on, and I understand it’s just part of it, but it need to stop. My sons and I would like to move away from this area, for our safety and sanctity. I am a full time Nursing Student and Drew left me while in the middle of the program. I dont want my career or my sons to suffer this nightmare anymore.
He knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or Kill me instead.
I really would like to know why this man wasnt charged with this unlawful entry, and attempt on my life. I am willing to take any test you want me to take to prove my innocents of charges against me, and also any lie detector test, on the my statement I filed against him. I really feel, Drew is a loose cannon, he out on the streets of Bolingbrook patrolling, and just taking the law into his own hands. I haven’t received help from the Police here in Bolingbrook, and asking for your help now. Before It’s to late. I really hope by filiing this charge it might stop him from trying to hurt us.
Please return my call, or write with answers to my questions.
Line and paragraph breaks are automatic in comments. The following HTML tags are allowed:
<a href=""> <abbr> <acronym> <b> <blockquote> <cite> <pre> <em> <i> <q> <strike> <strong>