Drew Peterson trial to be postponed until July


Lawyers are in court again this morning to hear a decision on the motion requesting a delay in the start of Drew Peterson’s murder trial. Judge Stephen White has agreed to postpone the start of the trial with Jury selection beginning on July 8. Peterson’s attorneys argued unsuccessfully for a date in August.

Next court date for pre-trial motions will be June 18.

We’ll add updates as we hear news throughout the day. Check out the Comments Thread for the latest.

Thanks to reporter/author  Joe Hosey for his tweets!

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  1. Judge delays Drew Peterson trial until July 9

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson’s trial in the death of his third wife has been delayed until July 9.

    Circuit Judge Stephen White delayed the trial in the 2004 death of Kathleen Savio during a hearing in Joliet on Wednesday.

    However, Peterson’s attorneys are trying to determine if they’re available that date and it may change. Peterson’s trial was to begin June 14.

    Defense attorney Joel Brodsky says he asked for a delay until Aug. 23, but the judge has said he’s reluctant to go any later into the summer.

    Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in Savio’s death. He’s also been named a suspect but isn’t charged in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    Peterson denies any involvement in her disappearance.

    http://www.wbbm780.com/pages/7376984.php

  2. So, it looks like vacations may have been scheduled or planned, and it cuts into catching-up with the State’s added-on witnesses? Or is it they need all the two months to do it? Or is it they just won’t be around for the trial?

    Make up my mind.

  3. Isn’t scheduling a vacation (or even another trial) for July 9 cutting it a little close when the original trial wasn’t even going to start until June 14? I know they’ve said 2 weeks, but surely jury selection will take more than a day or two…and I still can’t see the trial being over in 2 weeks.
    I’m not known for my patience, LOL

  4. Drew Peterson trial delayed until next month
    Sun Times – June 2, 2010

    A Will County judge delayed the start of Drew Peterson’s murder trial until next month.

    The trial was scheduled to begin June 14. But attorneys for Peterson asked to delay the trial until August 23, saying they needed time to prepare for four new expert witnesses prosecutors had said they planned to call.

    But Judge Stephen White agreed to delay the start only until July 8 since a jury pool had already been selected.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police officer, has been charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He has also been named a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2346968,peterson-trial-delayed-060210.article

  5. Whoo-hoo! Again-good on Judge White! Note to the Brodskies of the world-you do not run the courtrooms.
    Guess they’ll either be ready or they won’t, hehe.

  6. Brodsky said, on camera, they will make every effort to be ready on July 8. The Judge had first set July 9, but I believe Atty Lopez said why start on a Friday with jury selection. So, it was set for the 8th of July.

  7. From the WGN video at the top of this page: “The judge chastised them and told them there had been enough continuances and there would be no more.” 🙂

  8. BTW, thanks again to Joe Hosey for his up-to-date Tweets. His accuracy on the events is evident by the news stories that are now coming out. You rock, Joe!

  9. Wonder if the trial dates are going to conflict with Reem’s vacation plans for Greece and Palestine. Two weeks in Jordon as well, IIRC.

    BTW, Reem was not in court today.

  10. Reem’s probably having to hold down the whole rest of the fort while the others give out excuses to Judge White. And I bet she got more done, LOL

  11. Drew Peterson trial delayed until next month

    June 2, 2010
    BY DAN ROZEK Staff Reporter

    A Will County judge agreed to delay until next month the start of Drew Peterson’s murder trial — a much shorter postponement than was sought by the ex-cop’s attorneys.

    The decision today by Judge Stephen White to set the trial for July 8 prompted defense lawyers to say the new start date could become an appeals issue if Peterson ultimately is convicted of murdering former wife Kathleen Savio.

    “In the unlikely event of a conviction, it’s something we’ll look at,’’ defense attorney Joel Brodsky said, describing the refusal for a longer delay as “a constitutional issue’’ that has been used in other cases to justify appeals.

    Peterson, a one-time Bolingbrook police officer, was scheduled to stand trial beginning June 14 for the 2004 bathtub drowning death of Savio, his third wife.

    But a shakeup of Peterson’s defense team — including the departure of two lawyers and the addition of four others in recent weeks — triggered a request to delay the trial until Aug. 23.

    The new defense attorneys needed more time to study the details of the case, Brodsky said. Peterson’s defense team also needs additional time to examine the testimony expected from several new expert witnesses that prosecutors recently said they plan to call, Brodsky argued.

    White, though, agreed to only a 3 1/2-week delay, ordering jury selection for the trial to begin July 8. In issuing his order, he noted that a 246-person pool from which lawyers will select jurors already has been assembled.

    Brodsky repeatedly expressed reluctance to begin the case without more time to prepare — objections White ultimately rejected.

    “I still don’t believe we can be adequately prepared,’’ Brodsky said in court.

    While Will County prosecutors didn’t object to the request by Brodsky’s team to delay the trial until August, they said they are prepared to start the trial next month.

    “The people are ready to go any time Judge White calls this case for trial,’’ State’s Attorney James Glasgow said after the hearing. “As you can see, he’s going to great lengths to make sure this is a fair trial, which is what the state wants.’’

    Peterson has also been named a suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2346968,peterson-trial-delayed-060210.article

  12. “In the unlikely event of a conviction, it’s something we’ll look at,’’ defense attorney Joel Brodsky said, describing the refusal for a longer delay as “a constitutional issue’’ that has been used in other cases to justify appeals.

    Drew waived his right to a speedy trial a long time ago and so far they’ve managed to delay this trial a total of 11 months. Good luck with that appeal on the grounds that the judge refused their request for delay.

    Is it time to play back all those “we’re ready to rock and roll” quotes again?

  13. Is Joel also forgetting that the State “showed the defense their hand” during the hearsay hearing? How could they not be prepared after actually sitting and hearing the witness testimony AND getting a preliminary stab at cross-examination? And no, I doubt the Judge will accept Joel’s excuse that he was sleeping through the most important bits.

    You’re going to see a lot of the state’s case, which we’ll attack, but not ours to a great extent,” Brodsky said. “We don’t want to show them our hand. This is not a mini-trial. This is really the state exposing their case and letting us cross-examine their witnesses.”

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=351508

  14. “In the unlikely event of a conviction, it’s something we’ll look at,’’ defense attorney Joel Brodsky said, describing the refusal for a longer delay as “a constitutional issue’’ that has been used in other cases to justify appeals.

    Am I mistaken, or when a defendant is convicted, isn’t there an automatic appeal?

  15. “I still don’t believe we can be adequately prepared,’’ Brodsky said in court.

    “We absolutely want to go on as planned. Drew wants to go to trial June 14, I want to go to trial on June 14 and Mr. Lopez will be ready on June 14,” Brodsky said in a telephone interview…

    Etc. etc. etc…

  16. Peterson lawyer says judge rushing trial

    June 2, 2010
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com

    JOLIET — Drew Peterson’s lead lawyer says there is no way he can be ready for a July 8 trial. But if he loses in court, he is set to appeal on the grounds the judge rushed the case through.

    “It’s certainly a constitutional issue,” Joel Brodsky, the longest serving of Peterson’s six attorneys, said of scheduling Peterson’s trial before he and his legal team want it to go.

    “In the unlikely event of a conviction, it’s certainly something we’d ask the appellate court to look at,” Brodsky said.

    Peterson was set to go to trial June 14 to face charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    But two of Peterson’s attorneys, George Lenard and Andrew Abood, jumped ship in April. They have since been replaced by four more lawyers, and this transition was one reason Peterson’s legal team asked Judge Stephen White to push the trial back to Aug. 23.

    White, plans to retire in October, refused to grant the August date but agreed to postpone the trial until July 8.

    White pointed out that he went ahead and selected 246 potential jurors in August and forbade them from paying attention to the case, which has been a media sensation since Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, mysteriously vanished in October 2007.

    White also mentioned that his anniversary falls on the day Brodsky wants the trial to start.

    Prosecution ready

    Peterson has been jailed and awaiting trial on the murder charges since May 2009. Brodsky noted that the trial may have started sooner if not for a five-week hearing held earlier this year to determine what hearsay evidence will be used against Peterson, who state police have also labeled a suspect in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

    No criminal charges have been brought in the case of Stacy Peterson, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

    State’s Attorney James Glasgow maintained that he is poised to go at Peterson any time White gives him the nod.

    “The people are ready to go any time Judge White calls this case to trial,” Glasgow said.

    “We’re ready to go on the 14th,” he said. “We’ll be ready to go on the ninth, the eighth. We look forward to it.”

    Brodsky doesn’t feel the same way.

    “I still don’t believe we can be adequately prepared,” he said. “The judge, I think, needed to allow us a little more time to get ready.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/couriernews/news/2347580,Peterson-trial-postponed-JO060210.article

  17. How is it a Constitutional issue if the pereson chose to get rid of half of their legal team? Defendants would just keep changing lawyers as an excuse to push their trial date back or their lawyers just keep saying they won’t be ready by the date given yet have enough time to take on other cases.

  18. Judge delays Drew Peterson trial until July
    Ken Christian, Information Center Content Manager
    1 hr ago

    JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A judge agreed Wednesday to reschedule the start of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson’s murder trial for July 8, but made it clear this would be the final delay to the proceedings.

    Circuit Judge Stephen White reminded attorneys that the trial, delayed from June 14, had initially been set for August last year.

    “It’s been continued and continued on your motion,” White told Peterson’s lead defense attorney Joel Brodsky during a hearing at the Will County Courthouse.

    Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson also has been named a suspect, but isn’t charged, in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. Peterson denies any involvement in her disappearance.

    White had called more than 240 potential jurors to the courtroom months ago and told attorneys on both sides that the group had been admonished to avoid all media coverage of the case for long enough.

    Brodsky argued that defense attorneys needed extra time because they had recently learned prosecutors planned to call three new experts to testify, including a pathologist.

    Brodsky said the legal team has changed over recent months, including the departure of some attorneys and the addition of others. He said the new team needs time to analyze evidence, including technical scientific findings.

    Brodsky originally asked for a delay until Aug. 23.

    After voicing his objection to the judge’s order that the trial begin July 8, Brodsky told reporters he thought the judge’s refusal to delay the trial gave the defense strong grounds for appeal if Peterson was convicted.

    “It’s a constitutional issue, the Sixth Amendment right to counsel,” Brodsky said.

    Joe Lopez, one of Peterson’s new attorneys, said he expects the trial to last two to three weeks. Both Lopez and Brodsky said no decision has been made on whether Peterson will testify.

    Source: http://www.wcsh6.com/news/national/story.aspx?storyid=118521&catid=45

  19. thinkaboutit2 :

    How is it a Constitutional issue if the pereson chose to get rid of half of their legal team? Defendants would just keep changing lawyers as an excuse to push their trial date back or their lawyers just keep saying they won’t be ready by the date given yet have enough time to take on other cases.

    Good point.

    I’m sure no one would disagree that Peterson should have adequate counsel and representation for this fight of his life, but it’s also well known that, on one hand, the defense has said it is anxious to go, now it’s not.

    I’m sure it has a lot to do with the new attorneys having conflicts or scheduling issues after coming on the case.

    All I know is that I would like to see it done right, whatever that is.

  20. I just noticed a “Like” button at the top of the post today. It must be a WordPress thing similar to Facebook. So, if you like the a particular post…feel free to hit that muthuh. Sorry, but there isn’t an “Unlike” button. 🙂

    Looks like you need to be logged in to see it.

  21. Maybe Drew should have read up at http://www.findgreatlawyers.com/Can-I-ChangeLawyers.htm

    Sometimes changing lawyers is not a good idea. We don’t recommend changing lawyers at the last minute. For example, switching right before trial doesn’t give a new attorney enough time to prepare and would probably hurt your case more than it would help. If the Judge isn’t going to give a continuance this could sink your case.

  22. Well as with everything else in this case – all we can do is see what the court actually does with his case. Nothing blogged or spoken outside of the courtroom officially matters.

  23. So, in the ABC video clip, Joel mentions the Miriam Santos case. You can read up on it here:

    http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/cgi-bin/getcase.pl?court=7th&navby=case&no=992934

    I didn’t get all the way through it but I’m not seeing the correlation. To me it looks as if she HAD to go with a different atty because the judge wouldn’t grant a continuance and her atty had prior trial scheduled so could not represent her. He arranged for another attorney. So she was denied her right to counsel ‘of her choice’. That’s not the case with Peterson – at all. Two of Drew’s attorneys asked to withdraw and he agreed to it…then hired four more. This was all prior to the judge deciding today that they could only have 5 weeks continuance rather than 10.

    If someone else has a differnt interpretation, let me know.

  24. I don’t get the correlation either. Peterson was not denied the counsel of his choice. Two members of his defense team were not in agreement with another member of the team as to defense strategy. They talked to Peterson, asked him how he wanted to proceed, and he agreed to them withdrawing from his case. He was asked by Judge White if he agreed to it and he answered in the affirmative.

    Now it’s a matter of the new attorneys getting up-to-speed with discovery and hearsay testimony. I understand that aspect of it, but not how it denies Peterson his Sixth Amendment right to counsel. He has the counsel of his choice.

    I do believe his attorneys should be as prepared as possible for his trial, but I also have a difficult time finding any sympathy for this defense, when it’s been nothing but chaotic from the minute Peterson and Brodsky hooked up.

    Ho, well.

  25. Great coverage today JC, as usual. The Joel quotes during the past few months are all over the place. I commend you both for trying to make sense out of his ramblings today. When you do, I’m sure Joel would appreciate a copy. LOL Could it be Joel’s nerves are showing?

  26. facsmiley :

    thinkaboutit2 :
    Nothing blogged or spoken outside of the courtroom officially matters.

    Sure, not officially. But the Judge has eyes and ears and a brain.

    True – but I’d hope he had enough knowledge of the laws and case law to make decisions based on that and not what is out on the internet. 🙂

  27. I found this out on the web and it looks like there is also case law out there that would make it hard for them to win that argument on appeal:

    We next turn to the question whether the court’s denial of a continuance deprived defendant of due process. “[b]A continuance in a criminal case may be granted only for good cause[/b]. (§ 1050, subd. (e).) [b]Whether good cause exists is a question for the trial court’s discretion[/b]. (People v. Jenkins (2000) 22 Cal.4th 900, 1037 . . . .) The court must consider `”`not only the benefit which the moving party anticipates but also the likelihood that such benefit will result, the burden on other witnesses, jurors and the court and, above all, whether substantial justice will be accomplished or defeated by a granting of the motion.'”‘ (Ibid.) While a showing of good cause requires that both counsel and the defendant demonstrate they have prepared for trial with due diligence (ibid.), the trial court may not exercise its discretion `so as to deprive the defendant or his attorney of a reasonable opportunity to prepare.’ (People v. Sakarias (2000) 22 Cal.4th 596, 646 . . . .)” (People v. Doolin (2009) 45 Cal.4th 390, 450.)

    “The matter of continuance is traditionally within the discretion of the trial judge, and it is not every denial of a request for more time that violates due process even if the party fails to offer evidence or is compelled to defend without counsel. [Citation.] . . . There are no mechanical tests for deciding when a denial of a continuance is so arbitrary as to violate due process. The answer must be found in the circumstances present in every case, particularly in the reasons presented to the trial judge at the time the request is denied. [Citations.]” (Ungar v. Sarafite (1964) 376 U.S. 575, 589-590 [84 S.Ct. 841].)

    “In reviewing the decision to deny a continuance, `[o]ne factor to consider is whether a continuance would be useful. [Citation.]’ (People v. Frye (1998) 18 Cal.4th 894, 1013 . . . .)” (People v. Mungia (2008) 44 Cal.4th 1101, 1118.) “A reviewing court considers the circumstances of each case and the reasons presented for the request to determine whether a trial court’s denial of a continuance was so arbitrary as to deny due process. (People v. Frye, supra, 18 Cal.4th at p. 1013 . . . .) Absent a showing of an abuse of discretion and prejudice, the trial court’s denial does not warrant reversal. (People v. Barnett (1998) 17 Cal.4th 1044, 1126 . . . .)” (People v. Doolin, supra, 45 Cal.4th at p. 450.)

    Source:
    http://www.leagle.com/unsecure/page.htm?shortname=incaco20100525089

    (The part I quoted is from the middle under the section called “2. Denial of Continuance”.)

  28. From everything I was able to look at – it seems like allowing too many delays could result in the defendant potentially arguing they were denied their right to a speedy trial.

  29. There is a statement in the Santos Appellate ruling: “Prejudice will not be provable unless the replacement counsel failed to render effective assistance.”

    After hearing Brodsky in the video soundbites, I would have to take that to mean , as he said, in the “unlikely event” Peterson is convicted, they will use this ruling by Judge White as grounds for an appeal. This would be due to the attorneys being unable to effectively assist him in his defense, and possibly lacking, at this time, the “specialized knowledge” needed for the State’s recently added expert witnesses.

    Unless the defense files a motion to reconsider, and Judge White changes his ruling, this is years away, no?

  30. From everything I was able to look at – it seems like allowing too many delays could result in the defendant potentially arguing they were denied their right to a speedy trial.

    At issue here though, isn’t that the defense is claiming there are too many continuances, but that they weren’t given the longer continuance they asked for. Anyway, Drew waived his right to speedy trial so there’s no way they’ll appeal on those grounds.

    The one thing I looked at was the Santos case that Joel mentioned in the video, and that doesn’t seem to parallel Peterson’s situation at all.

  31. Nope, no parallel. Just that the defendant’s Sixth Amendment right is at issue, and should he lose his case, it will be because his defense team was ill-prepared, ineffective, and unable to render a proper defense.

    I’m only the messenger.

    🙂

  32. docsdaughter :

    Great coverage today JC, as usual. The Joel quotes during the past few months are all over the place. I commend you both for trying to make sense out of his ramblings today. When you do, I’m sure Joel would appreciate a copy. LOL Could it be Joel’s nerves are showing?

    Thanks, DD! My brain hurts!

  33. 09L 000326 Estate of Kathleen Savio, Deceased wrongful death suit
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    PETERSON DREW 6 10 10 WCCA 900 09L 000326 Case
    SAVIO HENRY J 6 10 10 WCCA 900 09L 000326 Case
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  34. Goodmorning!

    Judgin’, I was thinking the same thing….I think that montage may already be in the can, LOL.

    Thanks Facs, Think. I don’t think we have to worry our pretty little heads about Drew successfully advancing such an appeal. (Lord knows who his attorneys may be by then anyway)

  35. OT

    Jane Velez Mitchell. I just watched her talking (shouting, hamming)total rubbish about the Italian justice system and Amanda Knox. Does anyone pay attention to her? (still completely dumbfounded by the US reporting on this, btw…her parents’ PR rep has been very successful keeping the truth out of American reports…..shocking, really, all of the outlets are tainted.

  36. Bucket – I absolutely believe that if Drew is convicted there will be a fast appeal on as many reasons as possible. The main one being the constitutionality of the hearsay law changes along with his sixth amendment rights (possibily including saying he didn’t have effective counsel and pointing out the things his lawyer had him do that may have jeopardized his case). I leave it up to the courts to decide what they do – but I hope that it is all done fair and square and if the jury finds him guilty that he spends a long, long tme behind bars.

  37. I think Rescue already pointed out that an appeal is automatic upon conviction for murder in the state of Illinois.

    I don’t think anyone doubts that there will be numerous appeals upon conviction. What’s hard to guess at this point is which might be successful. However, appealing on the grounds that the trial was delayed too much would be ludicrous, given that Drew has waived his right to a speedy trial and asked for numerous delays. I’m pretty sure you can’t appeal on the grounds that you were given what you asked for.

  38. Hiya, Think! I’m sure they will try every and all appeals, motions, etc. Ineffective counsel has been on the table from the very beginning LOL. Conflict of interest, IMO, but as DP has remained happy to stay with the Bratsky (even after Abood and Leonard expressed grave doubts about the strategy), so tough luck. I think the extra 5 weeks was more than fair, especially as they’d insisted they were already ready. Scheduling = compromise.

    I’m certain that all are trying to proceed fair and square from the bench and the prosecution.

    He’s going down, and staying there anyway.

  39. Sorry. Didn’t see that Rescue pointed that out and I never heard of automatic appeals for anything other than death penalty cases anywhere. I was merely stating my opinion that I have had since the beginning that Drew will try any and all appeals possible if convicted.

    I am pointing out that in some of the other cases the judges have denied the delays in the case by a defendant’s own lawyers so the person can’t come back later and blame their lawyer for the delays and them not getting a speedy trial. Some other criminals have tried to make that argument but from what I have seen out there in what I looked up they have failed.

    Did I explain that better? So the person convicted has gotten new lawyers who say the first lawyer sucked and broke the person’s Sixth Amendment right to a speedy trial unknowingly to his new client. It is backwards thinking IMO but some of the cases I found had actually tried to make that arguement.

    This is why I think there is so much discretion allowed to the judge and why I think Drew would lose that appeal.

  40. OK – Here is one of the links I found yesterday where the judge denied the lawyer’s request to delay trial and stated that the decision was partly based on the defendent’s right to a speedy trial…

    http://www.fayobserver.com/Articles/2010/01/05/965597

    As I think back – it seems like the cases I saw like that were mostly to do with public defenders but this looks like a private defender who happened to lose a lawyer at his firm and had too many other things on the plate.

  41. Was Burns convicted and then appealed because the continuance motion had been denied? Had he also waived his right to a speedy trial (as Peterson has)? I think I may be missing the connection.

  42. How could they not be ready? Lopez for one managed to hang a jury during the mock trial with limited information, evidence, and the time given to argue the case. Which I think was a joke lol But Lopez still is up to date on this case.

    Hey Joel did you forget that one of your attorneys Lopez, is already up to speed with the case? How much time does he need, or yourself to FYI the rest of your team to be prepared for trial? Obviously to much horse play, and not enough business going on.
    There has been plenty of time to prepare for trial. You, yourself, said you were prepared to go to trial at any time. Now what is the problem? Obviously more to be concerned about than you let on!

    Remember this? This was over a year ago Joel!

    Hung jury in mock trial of Drew Peterson
    May 29, 2009

    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@scn1.com

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1597324,Peterson-mock-trial_jo052909.article

    Appeal away rofl 🙂

  43. Thanks!

    BTW, I just checked on the status of the HELOC case and the plaintiff (who was supposed to have entered a reply to Chase’s motion to dismiss by June 2nd) got an extension — but only of two days..

  44. UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
    FOR THE Northern District of Illinois − CM/ECF LIVE, Ver 4.0.3
    Eastern Division

    Drew W. Peterson
    Plaintiff,

    v.

    JPMorgan Chase Bank NA
    Defendant.

    Case No.: 1:09−cv−06746
    Honorable Ronald A. Guzman

    NOTIFICATION OF DOCKET ENTRY

    This docket entry was made by the Clerk on Wednesday, June 2, 2010:
    MINUTE entry before Honorable Ronald A. Guzman: Notice of motion set for 6/3/10 is stricken. Motion by Plaintiff Drew W. Peterson for extension of time to file response to motion to dismiss [92] is granted. Response due by 6/4/2010. Reply due by 6/18/2010. Ruling to be by mail. Mailed notice(cjg, )

  45. noway406 :

    facsmiley :
    I just noticed a “Like” button at the top of the post today. It must be a WordPress thing similar to Facebook. So, if you like the a particular post…feel free to hit that muthuh. Sorry, but there isn’t an “Unlike” button.
    Looks like you need to be logged in to see it.

    OT
    http://en.blog.wordpress.com/2010/06/01/we-all-like-to-reblog/
    More info on the “Like” option.

    But doesn’t it just ‘bookmark’ the thread, and not the post? Or are they making the two terms identical?

  46. facsmiley :Was Burns convicted and then appealed because the continuance motion had been denied? Had he also waived his right to a speedy trial (as Peterson has)? I think I may be missing the connection.

    I cannot find any actual appeals he filed or even if he was convicted. But the original judge denied his request and said it was to prevent an appeal. As I said – this is why I think the judges are granted a lot of leeway with delay rulings on requests by the defense. Seems like otherwise they would get stuck in the “darned if they did and darned if they don’t” scenario.

    Bottom line is that those that are convicted will always look at ways to appeal I guess. Also – I have looked and still haven’t found a link saying that non-death penalty murder convictions are automatically appealed in IL. Does anyone still have that link? I find that quite interesting if it is true. TIA.

  47. cheryljones :

    But doesn’t it just ‘bookmark’ the thread, and not the post? Or are they making the two terms identical?

    The uppermost post is “liked” when you click the button, but the comments are attached to the post so they are included.

  48. facsmiley :

    UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURTFOR THE Northern District of Illinois − CM/ECF LIVE, Ver 4.0.3Eastern Division
    Drew W. PetersonPlaintiff,
    v.
    JPMorgan Chase Bank NADefendant.
    Case No.: 1:09−cv−06746Honorable Ronald A. Guzman
    NOTIFICATION OF DOCKET ENTRY
    This docket entry was made by the Clerk on Wednesday, June 2, 2010:MINUTE entry before Honorable Ronald A. Guzman: Notice of motion set for 6/3/10 is stricken. Motion by Plaintiff Drew W. Peterson for extension of time to file response to motion to dismiss [92] is granted. Response due by 6/4/2010. Reply due by 6/18/2010. Ruling to be by mail. Mailed notice(cjg, )

    ”Response due by 6/4/2010. Reply due by 6/18/2010. Ruling to be by mail.”

    So it looks like DP will receive Judge Guzman’s Decision in time for his ‘Murder Trial Jury Selection’ to begin.

  49. Why is Joel so obsessed with talking about appeals all the time when the trial itself hasn’t even started yet.

    Is he so certain his client will be found guilty ???

  50. State’s Attorney James Glasgow maintained that he is poised to go at Peterson any time White gives him the nod.

    “The people are ready to go any time Judge White calls this case to trial,” Glasgow said.

    “We’re ready to go on the 14th,” he said. “We’ll be ready to go on the ninth, the eighth. We look forward to it.”

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

    Joel please take note:

    THE STATE IS READY !!

  51. FYI, Steven Greenberg is presently defending this ‘thrill killer’:

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=385735

    Morgan’s next court date was set for July 2 to accommodate the schedule of Morgan’s prominent defense attorney Steve Greenberg, leading to an amusing exchange between Judge Joseph Condon and Morgan’s other attorney, Steve McArdle of Crystal Lake.

    “As far as I’m concerned, you’re just as good as Mr. Greenberg,” Condon said.

    “I appreciate that, judge,” McArdle replied.

    Greenberg, who led the team that defended convicted child killer Brian Dugan, is in the middle of a federal mortgage trial and will be busy in July defending former Bolingbrook police Sgt. Drew Peterson against charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

  52. BTW, Atty Greenberg was on Fox News this morning critiquing the Blagojevich trial and the jury selection. Maybe he’s the type that crams for finals at the last minute? But, just in case, they asked for more time to pursue other things, I guess.

  53. TMZ is reporting that authorities may have found where Stacy Peterson is buried and that more will be known tomorrow. I pray for her family that they have found her and that there is forensic evidence to convict her killer.

  54. http://www.tmz.com/2010/06/04/drew-peterson-murder-wife-body-crime-scene-police-officer-illinois-dig/

    Cops May Have Found Body of Drew Peterson’s Wife
    Originally posted Jun 4th 2010 9:52 PM PDT by TMZ Staff

    There may be a huge break in the disappearance of Drew Peterson’s third wife. TMZ has learned authorities believe they may know exactly where the body is buried, and then plan to dig for it tomorrow.

    Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Peterson, an ex-cop who is currently behind bars awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife, told an inmate yesterday how he killed Stacy Peterson, wife number 4. Stacy’s body has never been recovered.

    Our sources say Peterson told the inmate he had an accomplice help him dispose of the body. The inmate then told authorities about his discussion with Peterson, which led them to the alleged accomplice. We’re told the accomplice informed Will County Sheriff’s officials and prosecutors that the body was buried just outside Peoria, Illinois.

    Will County Sheriff’s deputies and prosecutors took the alleged accomplice to Peoria Friday, and the accomplice led them to private hunting grounds. The owner allowed authorities to enter his property and the accomplice then led them to the site where Stacy’s body was allegedly buried. The accomplice told authorities the body was stuffed in a metal drum that had been buried underground.

    On Friday afternoon, authorities brought police dogs onto the property and we’re told the dogs immediately took them to the place where the witness said the body was buried. Authorities then put prongs in the soil and hit a mass below ground that could be the drum in question.

    We’re told State Police are now guarding the property and authorities will begin digging tomorrow morning.

  55. Stacy’s family and friends and the children are all in my thoughts right now. If this story is true then once again a criminal will sink his own ship by bragging or telling on themself. I want to know who this other person is and want to know why they would have kept the secret and leave children thinking that their mother may have abandoned them.

  56. Just got a phone call and heard the news! Praying that this report is true, and they might know where Stacy is. My thoughts, and prayers are with Stacy’s family, children, and friends. TMZ is pretty accurate most of the time, and doesn’t usually make up false reports, so praying that this report is true. Will keep checking back for updates, if I hear anything will let ya know.

  57. At this point, if this information has been discussed with Stacy’s family, there’s no indication that it has been openly confirmed by them. I don’t know whether or not this story is accurate, other than to say those I have talked to haven’t been informed by her family that this reported activity is happening.

    So, just to let you know, I’ve tried to confirm that this may be factual, but about all I can say is that her family has not indicated this openly.

  58. I think your right, I have the same feeling. I just wonder why they would contact TMZ first though, instead of a regular local news station here? I guess it doesn’t matter as long as the report is true who gets it first. Is Hosey on it, do you know?

  59. Hi goodmorning! What will today bring? CBS Crimesider has picked up TMZ’s report this morning, but nothing added.

  60. I came to post the same thing. Good point about the money, Rescue. So an inmate talked to the accomplice, and the police took the accomplice to the site. I’ve always thought Drew would not have allowed anyone else to know his dirty secret, but a barrel with a body, buried, probably WOULD have taken more than one has-been, out of shape, I-don’t-do-manual-labor ex-cop.
    Oh, prayers for Stacy’s family now.
    The fact that this is being held so secret gives it credibility, maybe.
    I am on emotional overload!

  61. Me, too, Cheryl.

    I can’t stop thinking about DP beaming at the cameras telling reporters he’d “just been doing some landscaping”…early on. 😦 If there’s no more news soon I’m going to have to go for a brisk walk.

  62. I do know that Joe Hosey is going to Peoria to check this out. I’ve not gotten any word that this story has been denied so far by those close to this. It’s anyone’s guess right now how accurate this is.

  63. I do not understand how whoever it is (if it is true) could let Stacy’s children and step-children keep hearing from their father that she ran off on them all and abandoned them for some other guy.

  64. I’m really skeptical this time, but I sure hope I’m wrong! I find it hard to believe he admitted to anything, but you never know. The distance is another reason depending on the timeline, but maybe not unheard of. Also, if she’s buried, then the barrel/container seems like it would preserve the body longer. One (or more) of the former lies places her in Peoria, but that could be to throw off LE also:

    “He also played a message left on his attorney’s answering machine from an unnamed woman who claimed to have seen Stacy recently in Peoria, Ill.”
    http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/LawAndJusticeLinks/story?id=4188921&page=1

  65. Leigha on whereisstacy brought up an link to an old story. Remember way back in 2007 when Brodsky said Drew got an anonymous letter about Stacy being sighted near a store and looked pregnant?? If she is found there – maybe the letter was an attempt to point the finger at some other stranger as being with her down in Peoria. http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/bolingbrook/news/x224443506

  66. Hmmmm – If Brodsky had a message on his voicemail it would sure seem that the authorities could track the numbers called at the time of the message and have contacted the person even if they didn’t leave their name. I remember the story about the letter but I didn’t remember the story about the voicemail.

  67. To paraphrase some of the bloggers on TMZ, remember that Drew is being held in isolation-but we still don’t know WHEN he told this other inmate, right? Could be that this person is just an inmate NOW? And I’m wondering if this inmate could be a female!

  68. No, not really, Bucket. I need a timeline, here. *Sigh* I just can see someone being arrested recently and to cut a deal, squealed. Anybody come to your mind, Bucket?
    The most incriminating info I see is that the accomplice took them to the site, and the dogs hit on the same spot.
    C’mon, Joe Baby! We need tweets!

  69. While I really hope she is found – I am skeptical as well.

    I thought he was in solitary, and no contact with other inmates?

  70. Harley, love your puppy, btw. I always smile when I see your avatar.
    See, we don’t know that he told an inmate while they were both inmates, or whether he told someone who is NOW an inmate. Too many questions.

  71. Being in isolation doesn’t stop inmates from communicating. Casey Anthony is in protective custody too and she has done all kinds of communicating. And maybe Drew has gotten some special treatment while in the pokey. I would think that even in the medical area that they keep male and female inmates separate but maybe the phone area is common. I don’t think he’d tell a woman though – I think he prefers to charm them. But I could picture him grandstanding to guys about all of his days as an undercover cop, how tough he was, and he does seem to get pretty chummy and trusting with people pretty easily. I mean he let Lenny watch his kids even though he said he used to be a hellian and wasn’t really friends and let Chrissy move in with him and his kids very quickly upon meeting her.

  72. BY JOE HOSEY Herald News

    Working with new information in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, authorities are set to dig in search of her body Saturday in an area east of Peoria, sources said.

    The State Police and Will County state’s attorney’s office are expected to have investigators on the scene Saturday, in hopes the missing fourth wife of ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson will finally be found.

    Sources would not reveal what the new information was, or where it came from. Although they did dispute a TMZ.com report that the latest tip came from inmate who had spoken with Drew Peterson as late as Thursday. TMZ.com, citing sources, said the inmate passed along the tip to law enforcement.

    Sources do confirm that law enforcement, using dogs, searched a hunting area east of Peoria Friday. They are set to return Saturday to dig in an specific area…

    http://www.suntimes.com/2358222,drew-peterson-stacy-body-dig-peoria-060510.article

  73. Harley – I don’t think tha the medical unit is really the same as solitary confinment. I think it is just that the people get individual cells and there are more guards to “patient” ratio. I know his lawyers have said he doesn’t get to talk to anyone but people in prison find all kinds of ways to talk.

    I am skeptical though because I can’t see Drew being that dumb – but then again he did a lot of dumb things since Stacy went missing.

    So – it just seems like rumor right now and we’ve been down the path of thinking Stacy has been found before so I am not letting my guard all the way down yet.

  74. The duplicates are bound to happen. We’re all finding things out and posting at the same time. 🙂

    Well, the dogs must’ve hit on something, so there’s probably somebody buried there, Stacy or not.

  75. Authorities pursue a lead downstate regarding Stacy Peterson
    June 5, 2010 8:35 AM | No Comments | BREAKING STORY

    The Illinois State Police are following up on a lead in rural central Illinois regarding the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the fourth wife of former Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson.

    Check back for more details.
    ***
    Me, I’m just keeping my fingers crossed, Song. Somehow the secrecy is making this seem more credible. Why, I’m not sure. Maybe because of Joran van der Sloot’s arrest-maybe that just makes me believe more that it CAN happen.

  76. Thanks Cheryl! He makes me smile everyday.

    I sure do hope they find her. I just don’t know what to think.

    On one hand TMZ does pay for things, on the other – they were the 1st and only to report the death of Michael Jackson for quite a while.

  77. Authorities search for Stacy Peterson downstate
    WGN TV News Desk WGN News
    June 5, 2010

    PEORIA – The Illinois State Police is following up on a lead in rural central Illinois regarding the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, the fourth wife of former Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson, according to Illinois State Police Sgt. Tom Burek.

    Burek said the investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene.

    http://www.wgntv.com/

  78. Holy cow! This was a bit of a shocker this morning. Coincidental that not long after Stacy disappeared, Drew received an unsigned letter stating that she had been spotted in Peoria. I always believed he sent it to himself, and it’s been said that there’s always a little truth in every lie. Sure hope this new news turns out to be the truth.

  79. Hey everyone – not all of the details in the TMZ story are accurate insofar as how the information was developed.

    As to distance of where these remains are supposedly buried, remember, Stacy’s remains could have been temporarily disposed of and later moved. That is feasible, isn’t it?

    When I hear something more, I’ll post it.

  80. Hey Rescue, I gathered that the TMZ story was blown a little out of proportion, but I’m sure Joe will continue to add new information as he’s made aware. Just hope something pans out, regardless.

  81. My opinion only: I believe what was wrong about TMZ’s report is claiming that Drew confided in an inmate and that inmate contacted law enforcement. Personally I believe someone with whatever information finally came forward. Ironic, just before his trial is to begin. I am also feeling very positive that this is finally Stacy. How sad this whole saga is. Again, this is all just my personal speculation

  82. rescueapet :
    The information about an inmate is not accurate. At least, that’s what I am hearing.

    But the other info seems pretty accurate, no? Such as the dogs hitting on a spot?

  83. Here’s the press release issued by ISP:

    From: “M/Sgt. Thomas J. Burek”
    Reply-To:
    Date: Sat, 5 Jun 2010 14:10:22 +0000
    To: Sun-Times Media Wire
    Subject: Re: Release regarding Peoria dig

    The Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently following up on a lead in rural central Illinois regarding the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. The ISP Investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene. Any further details regarding this situation will be made available at a media staging area located at the Illinois Department of Transportation facility located at 6500 W US RT 150 near Peoria
    ——Original Message——

    From: Sun-Times Media Wire
    To: Tom Burek
    Subject: Release regarding Peoria dig
    Sent: Jun 5, 2010 9:06 AM

  84. Cheryljones – As I said, the “inmate” information is not accurate. Lots of information is coming out, and it’s certainly hard to sort it all out, but the information that relates to an inmate being confided in is not accurate, AFAIK.

  85. I know, Rescue. I believe that.
    This was just to cite a site that says Drew’s attorney is denying this claim, although I cannot find a quote from Jo-B.

  86. So much information coming out! Channel 5 posted a story that says this is not true, yet that is not what the “official” ISP press release says. I’ll just post the link. The press release does say: The Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently following up on a lead in rural central Illinois regarding the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

    Cops Deny Lead on Stacy Peterson’s Body
    http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Cops-Deny-Lead-on-Stacy-Petersons-Body-tmz-95683979.html

  87. I think the TMZ story’s wrong, too. Nearer the truth a cellmate of the accomplice alerted (was planted 😉 )

    I’m sorry Cheryl I can’t for the life of me think of a female recently arrested 😦 What am I missing?

  88. Hmmm… Maybe Brodskers meant “Hopefully” this isn’t true. Sorry – couldn’t resist.

    Thanks for the updates Rescue. I didn’t think he could/would have told another inmate.

  89. rescueapet :
    Hey everyone – not all of the details in the TMZ story are accurate insofar as how the information was developed.
    As to distance of where these remains are supposedly buried, remember, Stacy’s remains could have been temporarily disposed of and later moved. That is feasible, isn’t it?
    When I hear something more, I’ll post it.

    I’ve always suspected such, and that the body even changed vehicles/ even changed hands at the Clow pond.

  90. LOL. He’s just forgotten his lines…or they’re not sure where they need to be on the missing/dead issue now

  91. Bucket, I’m sorry. Didn’t mean to add any confusion. Just thinking out loud that it could have been a (read:any) female who was recently arrested for anything, one who knew something, who started blabbing. One who would/could conceivably be in lockup now. Or, someone who DID go to LE, was arrested, and because of that is now considered ‘an inmate’.
    That’s all. My apologies for throwing anything out there that was misleading. Course, same thing could have been a guy, too. I just thought how Drewpy is usually closer to women than men, and if he ‘had something’ on her, would have thought no way she would blab.
    I’m probably in trouble now, but at the time we still thought it was an inmate, as reported, and I was just thinking out loud.
    *Whole Olive tree extended.*

  92. June 5, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Illinois State Police confirm investigators are conducting a search this morning in connection to the disappearance of Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson. Master Sergeant Tom Burek tells ABC 7 teams are searching a rural area near the town of Metamora, Illinois.

    The search site is approximately 140 miles southwest of Chicago outside Peoria.

    Peoria County Coroner Johnna Ingersoll confirms forensics teams have been summoned to the scene but says so far they have found no human remains. The coroner say excavation work is underway to search for human remains.

    In a statement, Illinois State Police said, “The ISP Investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene.”

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7480268

  93. cheryljones :
    Bucket, I’m sorry. Didn’t mean to add any confusion. Just thinking out loud that it could have been a (read:any) female who was recently arrested for anything, one who knew something, who started blabbing. One who would/could conceivably be in lockup now. Or, someone who DID go to LE, was arrested, and because of that is now considered ‘an inmate’.
    That’s all. My apologies for throwing anything out there that was misleading. Course, same thing could have been a guy, too. I just thought how Drewpy is usually closer to women than men, and if he ‘had something’ on her, would have thought no way she would blab.
    I’m probably in trouble now, but at the time we still thought it was an inmate, as reported, and I was just thinking out loud.
    *Whole Olive tree extended.*

    No worries! LOL

  94. well hmmmm, he (Drew) did have a “head clearing” trip in the first few days after Stacy went missing and the first so called Stacy “sighting” was in Peoria.

    Didn’t Drew or Joel supposedly receive a “letter” postmarked Peoria ???

    Didn’t some truckers state they were asked to take something that was going to be picked up at another destination where “a truck couldn’t go” ??

  95. Hi JAH. I think those were the discredited truckers, as appealing as that sounds as part of a solution.

  96. Pam Bosco, a spokeswoman for Stacy Peterson’s family, said Illinois State Police told the family that they considered the developments near Peoria to be a “good lead.”

    Bosco said police did not tell the family how the lead originated although they got the sense that some of the details in the TMZ report are “probably not true.”

    “We’re hopeful that it is Stacy. It sounds like a good lead,” Bosco said. “But we don’t want to get our hopes up too high because we’ve been down this path before.”

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/06/authorities-pursue-a-lead-downstate-regarding-stacy-peterson.html

  97. Updated Joe Hosey story:

    Police to dig for Stacy Peterson’s body near Peoria: source

    June 5, 2010
    BY JOE HOSEY Herald News

    Working with new information in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, authorities are set to dig in search of her body Saturday in an area east of Peoria, sources said. Officials confirmed a search for “human remains” is underway Saturday morning.

    Illinois State Police confirmed Saturday that they are currently following a lead in rural central Illinois regarding Peterson’s disappearance and have set up a media staging at a location near Peoria, according to an ISP release.

    The ISP Investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene, the release said.

    The ISP Investigation team that has been investigating the disappearance and possible homicide of Stacy Peterson is aware of the situation and at the scene, the release said.

    Sources told a Sun-Times Media reporter Stacy Peterson’s relatives are also at the scene.

    “There is a search underway for human remains, however no human remains have been located at this point,” Peoria County Coroner Johanna Ingersoll said as of 10 a.m.

    The search is taking place in Peoria County, but Ingersoll could not immediately confirm exactly where the search is taking place or whether the search is related to Peterson.

    The State Police and Will County state’s attorney’s office are expected to have investigators on the scene Saturday, in hopes the missing fourth wife of ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson will finally be found.

    Sources would not reveal what the new information was, or where it came from. Although they did dispute a TMZ.com report that the latest tip came from inmate who had spoken with Drew Peterson as late as Thursday. TMZ.com, citing sources, said the inmate passed along the tip to law enforcement.

    Sources do confirm that law enforcement, using dogs, searched a hunting area east of Peoria Friday. They are set to return Saturday to dig in an specific area.

    Stacy Peterson has been missing since Oct. 26, 2007. Peterson is considered a suspect in her disappearance.

    He is about to stand trial, as soon as next month, in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her death was initially ruled an accident, but authorities reopened the case after Stacy Peterson disappeared. A new autopsy ruled it was a homicide, and Peterson was arrested and charged with murder.

    He has denied any involvement in Savio’s death or Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

    http://www.suntimes.com/2358222,drew-peterson-stacy-body-dig-peoria-060510.article

  98. June 5, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Illinois State Police confirm investigators are conducting a search this morning in connection to the disappearance of Bolingbrook mother Stacy Peterson. Master Sergeant Tom Burek tells ABC 7 teams are searching a rural area near the town of Metamora, Illinois.

    The search site is approximately 140 miles southwest of Chicago outside Peoria.

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

    Whatever it is, ISP has found it a lead credible enough to follow up on, bringing in excavators no less, which in itself is saying something.

  99. On the vaudeville circuit it was said that if an act would succeed in Peoria, it would work anywhere. I remember Peoria being a subject of jokes. Drew said Stacy is where she wanted to be. I could see him threatening to send her to Peoria…

  100. I think it looks like police handled this well to stall long enough on announcements to spare the family being door-stepped this morning. I’m sure helicopters ensue anon.

  101. Wow — good morning all. This is good, scary, torturous news! Hopefully it pans out for closure! I know they’re saying TMZ was wrong about inmate snitch…. but, someone did point out the fact that maybe the inmate was a previous inmate? Possible! Also, I find it interesting that they said the inmate talked about an accomplice and the police were lead to the accomplice which in turn led them to the site! So…. something has to be accurate here, SOMEBODY LEAD THEM TO THE ACTUAL SITE not just rumored words….

  102. Hi Writer. I have my favourites

    1. MR
    2. SC
    3. Some crackhead form somewhere east of Bolingbrook whose mane begins with “D”(as predicted by some psychic or other long ago, LOL)

  103. rescueapet :So much information coming out! Channel 5 posted a story that says this is not true, yet that is not what the “official” ISP press release says. I’ll just post the link. The press release does say: The Illinois State Police (ISP) is currently following up on a lead in rural central Illinois regarding the disappearance of Stacy Peterson.
    Cops Deny Lead on Stacy Peterson’s Bodyhttp://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Cops-Deny-Lead-on-Stacy-Petersons-Body-tmz-95683979.html

    It seems like the ISP didnt’ inform Will County Sheriff’s office before that reporter got their information. The article changed from what was originally reported.

  104. Well, as you can see from Joe Hosey’s latest update, there have been no remains being reported found as of 10:00 am. Yet, the TMZ story pinpoints an exact spot, etc. Like I said, it might all be a wild goose chase, but, of course, certainly hope not!

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