“Rumors, gossip and innuendo” (to quote Joel Brodsky) have been rampant since last week’s leak of Judge Stephen White‘s sealed ruling on the admission of hearsay statements into the murder trial of Drew Peterson.
Both the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald reported that they had been given the sealed decision and described the contents which revealed the judge’s opinion that Peterson had in fact killed both Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio. This decision cleared the way for some of the hearsay statements to be admitted since, by making both witnesses unavailable to testify, Peterson forfeits his right to confront them in court.
Justice Café’s Rescueapet, contacted Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and he informed her that the Will County Court Administrator was asked whether (the ruling) could have inadvertently been released, and the response to that was no. It is under seal in the Circuit Court. So, at this point, there is no legitimate way this ruling was provided to anyone outside of the parties of this case.
The Will County State’s Attorney office stated that they were “outraged” and looking into their legal options for dealing with the leak.
Then last week, Peterson’s lead attorney, Joel Brodsky implied that DuPage County State’s Attorney, Joe Birkett could have been responsible for leaking the ruling. He told Sun-Times reporter Joe Hosey, “My understanding is Birkett had a copy and the timing is suspicious, because all the leaks started after he started consulting with Glasgow.”
According to Charles Pelkie, Joe Birkett doesn’t have a copy of the sealed ruling. Joe Birkett has sent a letter to Joel Brodsky demanding an apology for implying that he had any involvement with the leaked document.
Who leaked the sealed ruling to the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald? It makes sense to look in the direction of who such a leak would benefit the most…
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