Drew Peterson back in court today. Searches resume in Peoria for Stacy Peterson.

Drew Peterson and attorneys were back in court today. Reporter Joe Hosey tweets that the defense was given “heavily redacted” reports on the Peoria search effort for the remains of Stacy Peterson.

Joel Brodsky also has requested more information from Fox News about the autopsy of Kathleen Savio that was performed by Dr. Michael Baden.

Meanwhile, columnist Michael Sneed reports that the search near Peoria for Stacy Peterson’s remains resumed over the weekend. Her sources indicate that the same informant is still driving the efforts. No wonder Drew and his team are eager to find out more…

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  1. Bringing this over from Bucket’s post on the last thread:

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2443368,CST-NWS-SNEED29.article

    Consider. Sneed has learned an unproductive six-hour search for murder suspect Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy, was conducted Saturday on a private farm near Peoria.

    • The kicker: A source providing “new additional information” (who also prompted the first big unproductive farm search) refused to “physically go out on the property to help,” said a top police source.

    • To wit: “We asked the source to come out and help, but he didn’t want to and didn’t specify as to why,” said Sneed’s source, who also stated the search was conducted with cadaver dogs over two sites comprising several acres.

    • Background: “Over the course of the last couple years we’ve searched over 100 sites [for Stacy Peterson],” the source added.

  2. 9 more days until the trial is set to begin (or get pushed back again). More motions will surely follow if a lot of the report was redacted or they still don’t get something from Fox that Fox says it doesn’t have.

  3. In the previous thread, Judgin said: “Maybe the defense team shoud subpoena Fox for that video! ya think? I guess they haven’t figured that out yet.”

    Now I read this:

    Joel Brodsky also has requested more information from Fox News about the autopsy of Kathleen Savio that was performed by Dr. Michael Baden.

    LOL – Judgin quit helping him! :)

  4. thinkaboutit2 :

    9 more days until the trial is set to begin (or get pushed back again). More motions will surely follow if a lot of the report was redacted or they still don’t get something from Fox that Fox says it doesn’t have.

    I think Joel was lucky to get any search reports, redacted or not. Drew Peterson is still the sole suspect in the disappearance of Stacy. They couldn’t possibly expect to get complete information on the ISP’s efforts to find her remains.

  5. harleyjoey :In the previous thread, Judgin said: “Maybe the defense team shoud subpoena Fox for that video! ya think? I guess they haven’t figured that out yet.”
    Now I read this:
    Joel Brodsky also has requested more information from Fox News about the autopsy of Kathleen Savio that was performed by Dr. Michael Baden.
    LOL – Judgin quit helping him!

    LOL… I realized this was not an original thought on my part…
    The only help I would give DP would be to bury his cell key! … in Thailand !

  6. Facs – I am not stating what I think should happen – I’m stating what I think will happen. Someone’s going to have a fit that things are redacted. I just hope that if they give it to him on PDF file they don’t make the same mistake that they did with some Casey Anthony reports that were released to the public which weren’t properly saved and when opened with Adobe allowed you to look behind the blacked out parts.

  7. facsmiley :

    thinkaboutit2 :
    9 more days until the trial is set to begin (or get pushed back again). More motions will surely follow if a lot of the report was redacted or they still don’t get something from Fox that Fox says it doesn’t have.

    I think Joel was lucky to get any search reports, redacted or not. Drew Peterson is still the sole suspect in the disappearance of Stacy. They couldn’t possibly expect to get complete information on the ISP’s efforts to find her remains.

    IMO, the defense is just ‘going thru the motions’ to show a big defense…laughable

    IMO, DP/they are aggressively trying to ‘out the ID’ of the ‘Source’ to put the ‘fear of death’ into this informer to intimidate him to shut up… render him
    ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ for his own well being, ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ of the ‘wrath and reach of DP thru his friends’.

  8. I hear ya Judgin! It just struck me funny, as sometimes I swear he comes here to get ideas on what to do next.

    I’m really perplexed about this whole Peoria search. So this source gives the infomation but won’t go there to help? I don’t get it.

  9. Facs – Yes it is. HarleyJoey – I sometimes have thought that too on where they go to get ideas. I also have bad feelings about the tipster if they won’t go to the site. I think more and more it may just be someone looking for some special treatment – even if it is just temporary. They either need to squeeze this source harder or let them go and implant a Lojack in them that senses and records their every move, what they see, what they say, and what they think…

  10. Facs – Sorry I mean yes it is their job. Not a job I’d personally want although if the defense attorney truly believes their client is innocent then they truly think they are doing a good thing. I didn’t think you were disagreeing with me either – I just thought it was best to clarify my view for others.

  11. judgin :

    facsmiley :

    thinkaboutit2 :
    9 more days until the trial is set to begin (or get pushed back again). More motions will surely follow if a lot of the report was redacted or they still don’t get something from Fox that Fox says it doesn’t have.

    I think Joel was lucky to get any search reports, redacted or not. Drew Peterson is still the sole suspect in the disappearance of Stacy. They couldn’t possibly expect to get complete information on the ISP’s efforts to find her remains.

    IMO, the defense is just ‘going thru the motions’ to show a big defense…laughable
    IMO, DP/they are aggressively trying to ‘out the ID’ of the ‘Source’ to put the ‘fear of death’ into this informer to intimidate him to shut up… render him
    ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ for his own well being, ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ of the ‘wrath and reach of DP thru his friends’.

    IMO I think you could be right about the informant being very afraid of their identity being revealed. IMO I also think they are afraid of the media getting ahold of them, or hounding them. Whoever it is, if they know for a fact Stacy is there they need to find a way to give the ISP an exact location. If they are afraid of being on the property because of being identified why not go up in an airplane or something? They could fly over the area with ISP and point out the location to them! It would make it alot easier on ISP instead of guessing, where the location is. It would also help keep their identity from being revealed.

  12. Personally, I think, once again, a newspaper article is sending a frenzy signal. Of course, I have no way of knowing, one way or the other, what Sneed’s source said to her is accurate, or it’s a sneaky play on words. I do believe, though, that it’s mighty strange that a “top police source” would confide such sensitive things about what’s going on in Peoria, on one hand, but, officially, the search information is being closely guarded, even from the defense. The ISP made it clear, through an attorney in court, that they would be held in contempt, if necessary, rather than turn over their files. Why, then, would a “top police source” tell Sneed these tidbits for publication? It doesn’t make sense.

    It looks as though the identity of the informant is being closely guarded at this point, yet, some police mouthpiece is telling Sneed the informant won’t help out with their investigation, and won’t explain why? Sounds like a cheesy novel.

  13. thinkaboutit2 :
    Facs – Yes it is. HarleyJoey – I sometimes have thought that too on where they go to get ideas. I also have bad feelings about the tipster if they won’t go to the site. I think more and more it may just be someone looking for some special treatment – even if it is just temporary. They either need to squeeze this source harder or let them go and implant a Lojack in them that senses and records their every move, what they see, what they say, and what they think…

    It could be someone doing that, or IMO it could be someone who people know maybe and are afraid of what their life is going to become once their identity is revealed. If you think about it, if this person knew all along, and didn’t say anything till now, there is going to be alot of ticked off, hurt, angry, upset, people. They do have good reason to be scared, not want to go there out of fear. IMO of course. I am hoping though this person is sincere, and is not just making this up for a few moment of fame, or to help them in some way even if temporary.

  14. Yes, I would be very careful not to take any media reports as gospel.

    If you go back and reread all the reports from the first days of the search efforts you’ll see Burek declining to confirm just about anything. If it weren’t for actual photographs of the scene you might almost believe the ISP had simply driven past the search site. Meanwhile, we had aerial views of the tents, and digging and conflicting sources saying that the search was for human remains, that the lead was solid, etc.

    It’s not impossible that some of what is getting ‘leaked’ to the press is also being leaked on purpose.

    I’m going to try to be very careful about letting myself think I know what’s going on…hard as it is.

  15. rescueapet :
    Personally, I think, once again, a newspaper article is sending a frenzy signal. Of course, I have no way of knowing, one way or the other, what Sneed’s source said to her is accurate, or it’s a sneaky play on words. I do believe, though, that it’s mighty strange that a “top police source” would confide such sensitive things about what’s going on in Peoria, on one hand, but, officially, the search information is being closely guarded, even from the defense. The ISP made it clear, through an attorney in court, that they would be held in contempt, if necessary, rather than turn over their files. Why, then, would a “top police source” tell Sneed these tidbits for publication? It doesn’t make sense.
    It looks as though the identity of the informant is being closely guarded at this point, yet, some police mouthpiece is telling Sneed the informant won’t help out with their investigation, and won’t explain why? Sounds like a cheesy novel.

    Does sound kind of fishy like it was put out there to make ISP have to say this, or that isn’t true, or is true type of thing.

  16. What does “an unproductive six-hour search for murder suspect Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy, was conducted Saturday on a private farm near Peoria” mean, yet, a mention was made of cadaver dogs being used?

    What was the outcome when the cadaver dogs were allowed to search out scents? How come no mention is made of that, but the piece certainly plants the idea, if you want to use your wild imagination, they may have hit on specific areas. They didn’t say they were successful in finding a scent, yet, they didn’t say they weren’t. So why was it brought up in the first place?

  17. LOL, that means that they elicited a ‘response’ and now,

    the dogs are salivating … (sweating)

    A ‘finding’ will mess up their defense plans.

  18. Just heard on CLTV news they are reporting the same as Sneed only they said, the informant gave them additional NEW information. They didn’t say anything about the informant refusing to go there though, as of yet.

  19. I can see someone being scared of being identified by the media. Look at what Roy Kronk got for his multiple anonymous tip attempts. The media has spoken to people from his past and plastered negative stories about him online. And the defense is even trying to portray him as Caylee’s murderer.

  20. I’d think the police would be able to use someone to help disguise the person as just another police officer. Definitely not going to go spinning my wheels though based on a Sneed column. I’m at a point where I hate spinning them at all until the LE gives a press conference with real information. :/

  21. Oh yes, I’ve observed cases and trials where the ‘Media’ was used as a real threat to keep informants, victims and/or politicians quiet.

  22. I like the idea that they may have received a really heavily redacted report. Like one with only a date and illegible signature visible.

  23. On one hand I want the information preserved while the investigation is on-going, and,

    on the other hand, I wanna see DP squirm.. :)

  24. bucketoftea :

    I like the idea that they may have received a really heavily redacted report. Like one with only a date and illegible signature visible.

    LOL. One containing no nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives or numerals.

  25. facsmiley :
    Bringing this over from Bucket’s post on the last thread:
    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2443368,CST-NWS-SNEED29.article

    Consider. Sneed has learned an unproductive six-hour search for murder suspect Drew Peterson’s wife, Stacy, was conducted Saturday on a private farm near Peoria.
    • The kicker: A source providing “new additional information” (who also prompted the first big unproductive farm search) refused to “physically go out on the property to help,” said a top police source.
    • To wit: “We asked the source to come out and help, but he didn’t want to and didn’t specify as to why,” said Sneed’s source, who also stated the search was conducted with cadaver dogs over two sites comprising several acres.
    • Background: “Over the course of the last couple years we’ve searched over 100 sites [for Stacy Peterson],” the source added.

    My guess is that the “source” of the information on the search site, who’s refusing to physically go to the search site to help, is someone who fears being recognized. He may fear that he would be recognized by any media present.

  26. judgin :

    facsmiley :

    thinkaboutit2 :
    9 more days until the trial is set to begin (or get pushed back again). More motions will surely follow if a lot of the report was redacted or they still don’t get something from Fox that Fox says it doesn’t have.

    I think Joel was lucky to get any search reports, redacted or not. Drew Peterson is still the sole suspect in the disappearance of Stacy. They couldn’t possibly expect to get complete information on the ISP’s efforts to find her remains.

    IMO, the defense is just ‘going thru the motions’ to show a big defense…laughable
    IMO, DP/they are aggressively trying to ‘out the ID’ of the ‘Source’ to put the ‘fear of death’ into this informer to intimidate him to shut up… render him
    ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ for his own well being, ‘deathly’ ‘afraid’ of the ‘wrath and reach of DP thru his friends’.

    This is exactly what I was thinking. According to the report by Michael Sneed, the “source” of the information about what’s buried at the search site, is refusing to physically go to the site with LE. I think the source is afraid there might be a media presence at the site and is fearful of being recognized.

    This is just speculation on my part, but those of us who’ve followed this case since the beginning, remember that in the early weeks of this case, immediately following Stacy’s disappearance, Greta Van Susteran, and other members of the Fox News team (Mark Fuhrman, Steph Watts, Geraldo) went to Bolingbrook and Greta did a number of her nightly programs from there. There were some local Bolingbrook people who were interviewed on an almost daily basis, and those people would be easily identified by most of us.

    The “source” could very well be someone we all would recognize.

  27. http://www.cltv.com/news/wgntv-stacy-peterson-search-june29,0,5961913.story

    Investigators continue search for Stacy Peterson
    Defense attorney’s ask a judge to release more information about the searches.

    PJ Randhawa WGN News
    June 29, 2010

    The search for Stacy Peterson continued last weekend, as investigators searched a large farm in Peoria.

    The six-hour search took place last Saturday, when investigators were tipped off by a confidential source who came forward with “new additional information”.

    The source refused to come to the location and aid with the search, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

    Peterson defense attorney’s were back in court Tuesday morning to ask a Judge to release more information about the searches, as Peterson’s trial approaches next week.

    Drew Peterson has been named the primary suspect in Stacy’s disappearance, but has not been charged. Peterson will stand trial beginning next week for the murder of his *third* wife Kathleen Savio.

  28. If the Peoria search is relevant, it is hardly going to be a surprise to Drew who the informant is or who has intimate knowledge what took place at that site (!)

    My guess is he just wants to know how much INVESTIGATORS know, so he knows if they know all there is to know about that particular site.

  29. JAH – I could just as well guess that Peterson does not necessarily know who the informant is. Thus, the defense’s reasons for wanting to get the investigators’ notes.

    This is just an opinion, and it may be baloney, but what if the actual informant is someone who is intimate with an individual who may have helped Peterson dispose of Stacy’s remains? For example, Peterson had an accomplice, and the accomplice, at some point, shared details with another, who is the one that came forward. That is the case with Peterson and Stacy, no? She did not harm Kathleen, but she knows details of that terrible night, which she apparently was about to share with LE.

    Nothing is for sure in this saga, so Peterson may not know who is spilling on him, even if none of it is true. It makes sense he’d want to know who it is.

  30. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2446624,4_JO29_Reports-search-Stacy-Peterson-heavily-.article

    Reports on search for Stacy Peterson heavily edited

    June 29, 2010
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com

    JOLIET — State police surrendered the reports detailing their downstate search for Stacy Peterson, but they don’t seem to say much.

    “My glance at it showed it was pretty heavily redacted,” Joel Brodsky, the attorney for Stacy’s husband, accused wife-killer Drew Peterson, said of the 50-odd pages of reports state cops turned over in court Tuesday.

    State police not only blacked out much of the information in their reports, but also secured an order prohibiting Brodsky from discussing what the documents entail.

    “Because it’s an ongoing investigation, the state wants to make sure it remains confidential,” Brodsky explained.

    State police suspect Peterson had a hand in killing Stacy, but in the nearly three years since she mysteriously disappeared, they have yet to act on that suspicion.

    State police did secure a warrant for Peterson’s arrest in connection with the death of his prior wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004, but not until more than five years after her death.

    In the immediate aftermath of Savio drowning in her own home, state police insisted she was the victim of a freak bathtub accident. Investigators clung to that notion for three and a half years, only changing their tune when Stacy, who is Peterson’s fourth wife, vanished.

    Peterson’s trial for the murder of his third wife is set to start July 8.

    Autopsy footage

    In addition to obtaining reports on the state police’s ongoing search for Stacy in the Peoria area, Tuesday’s pretrial hearing featured Brodsky complaining about the Fox News Channel failing to comply with subpoenas about video footage of an autopsy performed on Savio’s exhumed corpse by celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden.

    “It seems like Fox News Channel has a lot more information about this autopsy than either the defense or the prosecution,” Brodsky said. “I’m anxious to get it.”

    If there is any more information to get on the autopsy, which was performed by Baden at the behest of Savio’s family, Brodsky will have to wait for it.

    Judge Stephen White said he will determine on the first day of the trial whether the network must cough up any notes or unbroadcast video footage of the autopsy.

    Search information

    Brodsky will also have to wait until the start of the trial if he decides that the state police censored too much information on the reports about the recent search for Stacy, which Master Sgt. Tom Burek said continued Saturday after weeks of inactivity.

    Brodsky scoffed at the notion that Stacy might be buried in Peoria, claiming that the young wife of his client “ran off.”

    “In my humble opinion, someone is pulling the leg of the Illinois State Police,” he said, adding, “I’m not concerned about it in the least.

  31. Judge Stephen White said he will determine on the first day of the trial whether the network must cough up any notes or unbroadcast video footage of the autopsy.

    Brodsky will also have to wait until the start of the trial if he decides that the state police censored too much information on the reports about the recent search for Stacy

    Looks like the trial is on schedule.

  32. How many other searches for Stacy did Joel request police reports for? None that I am aware of. He must be worried.

    The source not going there for fear of being recognized does make alot of sense. I hope that is the case, and that she is finally found.

  33. Hi Harley.

    We shouldn’t put much stock into what is being quoted by the “sources” to the media, but I did notice this:

    “We asked the source to come out and help, but he didn’t want to and didn’t specify as to why,” said Sneed’s source…..

  34. For example, Peterson had an accomplice, and the accomplice, at some point, shared details with another, who is the one that came forward.

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

    If someone shared details with another about what went down in Peoria, Drew knew straight away who divulged those details in the first place.

    He doesn’t need a 3rd party, an informant, a news article or ISP to tell him who that was.

  35. ‘Brodsky scoffed at the notion that Stacy might be buried in Peoria, claiming that the young wife of his client “ran off.”

    “In my humble opinion, someone is pulling the leg of the Illinois State Police,” he said, adding, “I’m not concerned about it in the least.’

    Joel’s “humble” opinion? Since when has this guy been humble about anything? The only person “pulling the leg of ISP” was the party responsible for the Stacy grocery store Peoria siting letter. (cough…cough…) IMO

  36. rescueapet :http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2446624,4_JO29_Reports-search-Stacy-Peterson-heavily-.article

    Brodsky scoffed at the notion that Stacy might be buried in Peoria, claiming that the young wife of his client “ran off.”
    “In my humble opinion, someone is pulling the leg of the Illinois State Police,” he said, adding, “I’m not concerned about it in the least.

    Au Contraire Joel. It is clear to me that you ARE concerned about it. Why are you chasing police reports about it? Don’t ya have a trial coming up?

    Seems that if you are TRULY not concerned, then you wouldn’t be bothering with those pesky redacted reports.

  37. Drew Peterson’s defense team questions Fox News autopsy on Kathleen Savio
    Phone number for “Girls Gone Wild” producer Joe Francis reportedly found among autopsy notes

    By Steve Schmadeke and Stacy St. Clair, Tribune reporters
    8:48 p.m. CDT, June 29, 2010

    Drew Peterson’s defense team is seeking to bar a renowned pathologist from serving as a prosecution witness after finding a telephone number for “Girls Gone Wild” producer Joe Francis in notes related to an autopsy, the Tribune has learned.

    The defense long has shown disdain for the autopsy, which Dr. Michael Baden performed on Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2007, at the behest of both her relatives and the Fox News Channel. But after finding the reference to Francis in the materials and being unable to find video footage from the procedure, Peterson’s attorneys submitted a motion calling the autopsy “irretrievably compromised.”

    Though the prosecution’s case doesn’t hinge on Baden’s testimony, his sterling reputation would add heft to allegations that Peterson drowned his wife in her bathtub in 2004. In addition to working on the O.J. Simpson and Phil Spector murder trials, he is the host of the HBO series “Autopsy.”

    Baden called Savio’s death a homicide, saying he believed she had been beaten, then drowned. A state-hired pathologist reached a similar conclusion.

    Baden, however, raised eyebrows at a pretrial hearing this year when he testified that Steph Watts, a freelance producer for “On the Record” with Greta Van Susteren at the time, assisted him with the autopsy by helping move the body and taking pictures.

    Watts, who says he videotaped Baden during the autopsy, has denied touching the body. In a phone interview with the Tribune on Tuesday, Watts said he also took dictation from the pathologist during the procedure.

    “He didn’t have anybody else to help,” Watts said.

    Watts said he had Francis’ number in his notes because he was working on a story about the entrepreneur’s legal troubles at the time. Watts said he has since become friends with Francis, who made millions selling videotapes of college-age girls baring their breasts while on spring break.

    “I’m almost surprised Steph Watts didn’t do some of the incisions in the autopsy,” defense attorney Joel Brodsky said. “They weren’t just covering the news; this shows they were making the news.”

    Brodsky said in court that the defense has received three pages of Watts’ notes from the autopsy. Sources later told the Tribune that on a page noting the weight of Savio’s liver, Watts had written down three telephone numbers, including Francis’ personal cell phone number.

    Francis’ publicist did not return calls seeking comment.

    A Fox News spokeswoman said Watts, who no longer works for the network, did not participate in the autopsy.

    Both sides are precluded from discussing the contents of the sealed motion, but Peterson attorney Steven Greenberg said the circumstances surrounding the autopsy are troubling.

    “The integrity of the autopsy is so flawed, the question is whether this is a serious investigation or a reality show,” Greenberg said.

    The judge also seemed upset by the network’s involvement with the autopsy and has threatened to ban Baden if the footage cannot be found. Baden, a Fox News analyst, has testified that the cable outlet paid his expenses because Savio’s family could not afford his services.

    Charles Pelkie, spokesman for Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, declined to comment.

    Watts said prosecutors have subpoenaed him to testify before Judge Stephen White next week so he can state under oath that the actual autopsy was not videotaped. He expressed surprise that defense attorneys were seizing on Francis’ number in his notes.

    Savio’s body was exhumed after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in October 2007. Savio’s death had initially been ruled an accident, but authorities determined that she had been killed after reopening the case.

    Now a retired police sergeant, Peterson has not been charged in Stacy’s disappearance, though he remains a suspect. He denies wrongdoing in both cases.

    sschmadeke@tribune.com
    sstclair@tribune.com

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-drew-peterson-fox-news-20100629,0,7736832.story?track=rss

  38. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black. Brodsky is the biggest media whore attorney to ride into town this decade. He’s got a lot of kahunas saying this: “I’m almost surprised Steph Watts didn’t do some of the incisions in the autopsy,” defense attorney Joel Brodsky said. They weren’t just covering the news; this shows they were making the news.” (Yeah, he’d know about that now, wouldn’t he?)

    I don’t know whether there is validity to the defense’s “disdain” for the Baden autopsy or not, but, as usual, instead of acting like a dignified professional, Brodsky is his usual barroom lawyer with the mouth of a hee hawing donkey. Who gives a rat’s ass what he knows. What he knows is how to be a master of character assassination, rather than focusing on the facts of the matter.

  39. I hope to high heaven that Brodsky uses the same kind of language and one-liners in court, in front of the jury, and they all beg Judge White for a barf bag. This guy is the most repulsive piece of work of a lawyer that I think I’ve ever seen. He’s crude, crass and disgusting.

    He’s just what Peterson needs. Ahhhhh.

  40. Oh for heaven’s sake, Watts wasn’t present in any medical capacity. His notes were the notes of a TV producer. If he had other stories he was working on, why wouldn’t the phone number of a contact be there? It doesn’t mean that he took a call in the autopsy room.

    i don’t even like Steph watts but I don’t see why the phone number is an issue.

    More disturbing to see that Brodsky didn’t miss the opportunity to make another crass, heartless statement about a dead woman.

  41. “Both sides are precluded from discussing the contents of the sealed motion, but Peterson attorney Steven Greenberg said the circumstances surrounding the autopsy are troubling.”

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

    I agree, Mr. Greenberg. It’s troubling that a family has had to go through so much in order to find the truth surrounding their daughter’s death. God bless Fox News for listening to family members and offering to help find answers with an investigative team, when the family’s original cries for justice fell on deaf ears.

  42. Rescue, don’t hold back… why don’t you tell us how you really feel.. LMAO

    Remember, when there is no defense, defense uses character assasinations and attack technicalities.

  43. Facs, don’t you think Brodsky has been a little slow in figuring out that there were numbers in the notes? NOW they’ve decide to read it? Looks like the defense is scrambling. What has Joel been doing for the past year? I agree, Watts was there as a reporter. I scribble notes on things all the time, and if he was working another lead, it would be a natural thing to do. I’m not saying it was the most intelligent thing to do, but explainable. I’m sure Drew is excited about the Girls Gone Wild number. He can place it next to the Vegas ranch number he was planning to visit before his arrest.

  44. docsdaughter :

    Facs, don’t you think Brodsky has been a little slow in figuring out that there were numbers in the notes? NOW they’ve decide to read it? Looks like the defense is scrambling. What has Joel been doing for the past year? I agree, Watts was there as a reporter. I scribble notes on things all the time, and if he was working another lead, it would be a natural thing to do. I’m not saying it was the most intelligent thing to do, but explainable. I’m sure Drew is excited about the Girls Gone Wild number. He can place it next to the Vegas ranch number he was planning to visit before his arrest.

    Post of the night.

  45. Since Fox News ALSO paid Mark Fuhrman to be an investigative reporter when Stacy went missing, does the defense also think that Drew’s missing cell phone records should be called into questioned because a network got involved in fact checking the records? Isn’t that also what Baden did for the Savio family? Baden was fact checking the results of the first autopsy.

  46. “The integrity of the autopsy is so flawed, the question is whether this is a serious investigation or a reality show,” Greenberg said.

    This is laughable coming from one of the partners of the moron who arranged his own “reality show” by calling into Steve Dahl’s radio show to promote a “Win a Date with Drew” contest. Talk about the integrity of a lawyer being flawed.

    Why don’t they all just shut up.

  47. No kidding, DD. Joel should be all about demanding those phone records as part of complete disclosure on the part of Fox News.

    In truth, I think I read somewhere that Stacy may not have been actually trying to ‘call’ Drew but was instead using the ‘walkie talkie’ function, which would not show up on records. I hope that is not the case though.

  48. Cringe! Cringe! Please don’t remind us! LOL I wonder how many hours of media footage of this fool exists?

  49. Maybe a stupid question, but if the much talked about autopsy by Dr. Baden was performed at the REQUEST of the Savio family wouldn’t that be for their OWN benefit and record, why then is it anything to do with Joel Brodsky HOW the cost for that autopsy was financed?

    Considering this was a private autopsy, doesn’t that make it a matter entirely between the Savio family, Fox and Dr. Baden?

    Wouldn’t the actual findings of the autopsy itself matter much more than where the money came from ?

  50. Of course. No jotted phone numbers on anyone’s notes make any material difference to the autopsy findings either. Although it’s unfortunate that J Francis’ name has been associated because (imo) he’s a pos, it means absolutely nothing.

  51. The only thing I can think of regarding why it matters is that Drew doesn’t think Fox likes him (ala Geraldo) and that they could try to influence the autopsy in a way to make it more sensational or anti-Drew. As far as the notes go – if it were notes that Baden used for writing up his official autopsy then it could show it was not handled professionally because why would Watts be taking notes on the autopsy itself. If it is just the Watts’ own notes for the documentary then who cares?

  52. Anyone interested in reading What Dr. Baden had to say about Joel’s charge that his autopsy results were a “self fulfilling prophecy” might want to reread this transcript from Dr. Baden on Greta’s show. I thought he explained things pretty well:

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,312330,00.html

    [EXCERPT]

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, one of the things that Drew Peterson’s lawyer has said is critical of you (INAUDIBLE) he said that prior to doing the autopsy, you believed it to be homicide. Post doing the homicide, you believe it to be homicide.

    BADEN: Right.

    VAN SUSTEREN: What’s your thought on that?

    BADEN: Well, he’s right. The reason that I responded to the family’s request to do another autopsy was because I felt, after reviewing the first autopsy, that clearly, it should have been called a homicide in the first place. Here was a woman, according to the first autopsy, who’d been beaten up before she drowned. Adults don’t drown in bathtubs if they’re healthy and don’t have drugs on board. And I think that’s one flag.

    But the other flag is she had all kinds of bruises. She had a bleeding laceration of the head that was present. And so I — she was laying there, according to the rigor mortis and settling of blood, for at least 30 hours before she was found in the bathtub. I think there was enough evidence then to go along with the two jurors who disagreed that it there — it should have been called a homicide.

  53. http://wbbm.cbslocal.com/2010/06/30/another-search-for-stacy-petersons-remains/

    Another search for Stacy Peterson’s remains

    Steve Miller
    6/30/2010
    1:11 PM

    CHICAGO (WBBM) – Illinois State Police say investigators were out this past Saturday in rural Peoria County – following up on a lead in the Stacy Peterson case.

    Not since June 5 have state police searched for remains in the Peterson case – until this past Saturday, says State Police Master Sergeant Thomas Burek.

    “Investigators returned to central Illinois on Saturday to do some additional investigation/searching,” Burek says.

    Burek says investigators did no digging and did not have a forensic anthropologist with them, as they did earlier in the month when they searched another piece of property.

    Burek says the property searched this weekend was near that Peoria County property.

    He says investigators worked a good portion of the day.

    “I’d say four, maybe five hours, somewhere in that general area we were there on Saturday.”

    Burek would not say what was taken from the scene – if anything – or what was found or not found or what equipment was used or if search dogs were brought in.

    He says state police have not ruled out a return to the site.

  54. facsmiley :

    joehosey
    Brodsky received heavily redacted reports on the Peoria search.
    1 minute ago via txt

    With just enough info to let Drew know they are onto him !

  55. facsmiley :
    Anyone interested in reading What Dr. Baden had to say about Joel’s charge that his autopsy results were a “self fulfilling prophecy” might want to reread this transcript from Dr. Baden on Greta’s show. I thought he explained things pretty well:
    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,312330,00.html
    [EXCERPT]

    VAN SUSTEREN: All right. Now, one of the things that Drew Peterson’s lawyer has said is critical of you (INAUDIBLE) he said that prior to doing the autopsy, you believed it to be homicide. Post doing the homicide, you believe it to be homicide.
    BADEN: Right.
    VAN SUSTEREN: What’s your thought on that?
    BADEN: Well, he’s right. The reason that I responded to the family’s request to do another autopsy was because I felt, after reviewing the first autopsy, that clearly, it should have been called a homicide in the first place. Here was a woman, according to the first autopsy, who’d been beaten up before she drowned. Adults don’t drown in bathtubs if they’re healthy and don’t have drugs on board. And I think that’s one flag.
    But the other flag is she had all kinds of bruises. She had a bleeding laceration of the head that was present. And so I — she was laying there, according to the rigor mortis and settling of blood, for at least 30 hours before she was found in the bathtub. I think there was enough evidence then to go along with the two jurors who disagreed that it there — it should have been called a homicide.

    Thanks Facsmiley! It’s clear that Dr. Baden first reviewed the original autopsy notes and results, and from reading the document concluded that the ruling of accidental death was wrong, that it was a homicide. This was the factual basis for doing a second autopsy.

    As I understand it, in reality Dr. Baden did a third autopsy, as the official second autopsy, was done by a medical examiner brought in from another county. The only reason for Dr. Baden doing the third autopsy was as a favor to Katheleen’s family, to assure them that the autopsy results were correct. The jury will likely be seeing the autopsy report prepared by the official pathologist.

    The prosecution wants Dr. Baden to testify because Dr. Baden is a well-known and respected pathologist. The defense is making issues where there isn’t an issue, only because what’s good for the prosecution, is bad for the defense.

  56. thinkaboutit2 :
    http://wbbm.cbslocal.com/2010/06/30/another-search-for-stacy-petersons-remains/

    Another search for Stacy Peterson’s remains
    Steve Miller
    6/30/2010
    1:11 PM
    CHICAGO (WBBM) – Illinois State Police say investigators were out this past Saturday in rural Peoria County – following up on a lead in the Stacy Peterson case.
    Not since June 5 have state police searched for remains in the Peterson case – until this past Saturday, says State Police Master Sergeant Thomas Burek.
    “Investigators returned to central Illinois on Saturday to do some additional investigation/searching,” Burek says.
    Burek says investigators did no digging and did not have a forensic anthropologist with them, as they did earlier in the month when they searched another piece of property.
    Burek says the property searched this weekend was near that Peoria County property.
    He says investigators worked a good portion of the day.
    “I’d say four, maybe five hours, somewhere in that general area we were there on Saturday.”
    Burek would not say what was taken from the scene – if anything – or what was found or not found or what equipment was used or if search dogs were brought in.
    He says state police have not ruled out a return to the site.

    Thanks Thinkaboutit! This is one of those articles that says a lot without saying much. :) From it we know that LE spent 4 – 5 hours searching property near the original site they searched, but didn’t do any digging. They didn’t specify if anything was found, or if they did or did not take anything from the property, nor did they say what equipment was used. But did say they aren’t ruling out a return to the site.

  57. http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/2452612,4_1_JO01_PETERSON_S1-100701.article

    Savio autopsy questioned

    July 1, 2010
    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com

    JOLIET–Less than a week before the start of Drew Peterson’s murder trial, prosecutors have called for a hearing to determine what role a cable news producer played in a private autopsy performed on Kathleen Savio’s exhumed corpse.

    Steph Watts, a former Fox News Channel producer, filmed and may have assisted celebrity medical examiner Michael Baden during the November 2007 autopsy conducted at the behest of Savio’s family.

    Peterson is charged with murdering Savio, who was his third wife, in March 2004. In the aftermath of Savio’s death, state police quickly decided she was the victim of a bathtub accident. But three and a half years later, following the disappearance of Peterson’s next wife, Stacy Peterson, state police abruptly changed course and declared Savio was the victim of a homicide. They charged Peterson with her murder a year and a half later.

    Within weeks of Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, State’s Attorney James Glasgow ordered Savio’s grave to be dug up and a new autopsy performed on her decomposed corpse. Baden then conducted his own autopsy, parts of which were shown on Fox, for Savio’s family.

    Watts filmed Baden with a hand-held camera during the autopsy. He also took notes. Baden testified during a pretrial hearing that Watts assisted him in moving Savio’s body as well.

    Peterson’s attorneys have criticized Watts for his involvement in Baden’s autopsy. They also claim Watts’ autopsy notes included the personal phone number for Joe Francis, the producer of the nudity-laden video line “Girls Gone Wild,” and point to this as proof that the autopsy was flawed.

    “This case is autopsies gone wild,” said Peterson attorney Joseph “Shark” Lopez.

    Watts failed to return calls for comment on his upcoming court appearance.

    Peterson’s lawyers will argue during Friday’s hearing that the autopsy was “irretrievably compromised” and to have Baden barred from testifying.

    While Peterson’s lawyers want Baden out, one of his attorneys, Joel Brodsky was eager to get Watts on the witness stand.

    When contacted Wednesday, Brodsky said, “I’m very much looking forward to getting Mr. Watts on the witness stand.”

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