Drew Peterson attempts to garner sympathy with letter from jail

Perhaps as a way of getting around a judge’s order meant to curtail Drew Peterson’s interviews with the press, he has sent a letter describing his arrest and experiences since then to gossip columnist Michael Sneed. The second installment was published today. Joel Brodsky has confirmed to Justice Café that Peterson is the author of the letter.

Peterson’s words
I talk to my kids a couple of time a week and the hardest part about being in here is missing their events, birthdays and just watching them grow.
My little girl, now 5, ask me where I’m at and when are you coming home. It breaks my heart that I don’t have the answer for her. I don’t let my children visit me here. This is just a childhood memory I don’t want them to have.

My other visits are few. I do get a lot of letters from new friends all sending encouraging words of love, friendship and hope. One lady wrote me a letter calling me her hero due to the fact I saved her from an abusive home as a police officer several years ago. …

I get contact visits from my lawyers to prepare my case for trial. My legs are shackled to the floor and I sit on a small round stainless steel stool.

Going to court
The process of going to court can be hellish. I’m removed from my cell and pod, walked to a holding area then shackled. Placed into a transport vehicle alone. Then to the courthouse.
The vehicle is normally parked next to the courthouse jail door to avoid the press getting pictures. I remember the first time. As the vehicle went down the ramp to the courthouse door, it was parked away from the door: I was paraded in front of what looked like over 100 news cameras on the walls looking down at me. I guess they needed a “perp walk” to satisfy the press’s need to further exploit me.

I was going to comment about the size of the two officers who escorted me into the courthouse. “I was going to go on a diet but I can just hang with these guys and look thin.”

They were nice guys so I just said, “Three squares a day and these spiffy clothes and check out this bling.” I heard those comments went national. It’s not easy being a national pastime.

Once I’m in the courthouse I’m handcuffed, searched, and placed into a small 7×9 room awaiting court with nothing to do. After being called for court I’m re-shackled and taken to the courtroom via a small elevator. I’m kept shackled in court and not allowed to talk to or signal anyone in the room except for my lawyers.

I really feel bad for the female inmates in court. They aren’t allowed any makeup and all look very stressed out.

This is the only place I have interacted with the other inmates. I normally get them laughing. I ask them how they think I would look in cornrows.

My time in court is normally short and I’m taken back to the small room where I wait for sometimes as long a five hours, to be taken back to my cell. I get a sack lunch with a bologna or peanut butter sandwich.

As I’m moved about the courthouse it drives the officers nuts when the other inmate call out my name or ask for autographs. I just laugh. When I’m taken back to the jail I’m shackled up again and isolated in a transport vehicle.

One time I was transported back with about five female inmates on the opposite side of the vehicle partition. We were all joking back and forth.

One young girl was complaining that her parents weren’t coming up with her bond money. So I asked her to marry me. She said yes. I then told her to call her parents and tell them she got engaged to DREW PETERSON in the county jail. I said her parents would have her bond money that night. Big laugh.

At the jail I’m strip searched again. I laugh every time I’m told to squat and cough while naked. I’m then walked back to my pod and turned over to officers there. I normally greet my captors with “HONEY I’M HOME” and then directed to my cell.

It’s a funny phenomenon. The days in here drag but the time flies.

Ready for trial
I have always been a busy man working as many as six jobs. I sometimes earned as much as $100 per hour. Now I’m begging for the staff here to allow me to work as a pod worker, for long hours to earn $7.50 a week worth of Moon Pies and or stamps just for something to do.
From time to time they place me on suicide watch but the only time I think about suicide is when they ask me if I’m thinking about suicide.

As far as my case goes, my lawyers are ready for trial. I heard that Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow had a tantrum about the judge’s ruling in my case so the state is appealing to a higher court. The law says I was supposed to be freed. But like most of my other constitutional rights this too has been violated.

I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life which now doesn’t seem to apply to me.

And hey Jim, didn’t you take and oath of office to defend the Constitution, not to change it. Too much power, too much ego.

Read more at the Herald-News
Part I at the Chicago Sun-Times

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179 thoughts on “Drew Peterson attempts to garner sympathy with letter from jail

  1. And hey Jim, didn’t you take and oath of office to defend the Constitution, not to change it. Too much power, too much ego.

    Now, that’s the pot calling the kettle black.

    A little bit more time spent on the children, rather than makeup-less female inmates and squatting for the man, would’ve gotten more mileage, IMO, than this lunacy.

    No wonder they put him on suicide watch. If they read any of this stuff, who wouldn’t think he lost his mind?

    In any event, who cares what his daily routine is like?

  2. What’s next, letters from Casey Anthony telling us about her day-to-day activities? I hear the Craigslist killer took his own life in jail today. And truth be told, I would have had some questions for him, but none of them would have been about what kind of chair he sits on, nor who he’s met while incarcerated, nor the bon mots he tosses at the jail personnel.

    I just keep thinking, “Who asked?” “Who cares?” Most people heaved a sigh of relief once Drew was locked up thinking that finally they could stop hearing his smart-ass, insulting comments. But no, the sociopath-narcissist has to find some way to reach out and touch us.

    At this point, it’s like being cornered by a drunk at a party when all you want to do is get your coat and go home.

  3. Facs: At this point, it’s like being cornered by a drunk at a party when all you want to do is get your coat and go home.

    Actually, this requires a warning: READ ONLY WHILE DRINKING.

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    I say let him out to use him as a pontoon in Pakistan. He doesn’t know what hellish is and it’s not having to ride alone in the van. You’d think after so long to work on it, though, that he’d have some new material.

    Thanks to Andrew A. for elucidation, but if you pop back, does anyone really call Brodsky “Brainy Brodsky”? and if they do, what do they call him behind his back?LOL

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  6. After being locked up for what 15 months now,this ccrazed town idiot has really lost his marbles. And to be honest,I can hardly wait for this trial to begin,so he is tried and convicted put away for life and we never have to hear the two words again, Drew Peterson…Drew and company always strike for a reason, #1 being that they have to make some noise with the 8-23 court date around the corner…#2…The continued search for Stacy in the Galesburg area.
    I have been following this case from the beginning, as this is his pattern.
    And with him saying he is being exploited by the press, give me a break here, Drew never met a camera he didnt like…And he is a legend in his own mind…

  7. And after reading both part 1 and part 2, his children are hardly mentioned. Little Lacy is 5, which means she starts kindergarten in few short days, Anthony what 2nd grade, and Tom and Kris in High School. This poor excuse for a human being dosent care one bit about his children, and whats more,all anyone has to do is read this letter, and read between the lines. He is where he belongs.

  8. You’re right, youirish. Just who besides his own lawyer exploits him? Just who in his own life hasn’t he exploited?

  9. Hopefully, after a couple of days of Peterson/Brodsky-driven fluff pieces, things will move along regarding current searches for Stacy Peterson related evidence, and the upcoming status hearing will indicate that the Peterson cases are going forward ASAP.

    What a very convenient time for this stand-by diary to be in the news when, coincidently, there’s been news of ongoing searches in Peoria and Galesburg. Nothing in this letter is “recent,” and, in fact, if you give it some thought, it could have been written months and months ago, just waiting for an opportune time to be released to the press.

    Maybe the defense thinks the public travels along on the same pumpkin trucks they do, but I hardly doubt that is the case.

  10. How’s this for a childhood memory?

    Drew’s son speaks
    Morphey was followed to the stand by Peterson’s estranged son Eric Peterson.

    The older of two children born to Peterson’s first wife, Carol Brown, who is neither missing nor murdered, Eric Peterson, 31, recounted a savage tale of domestic abuse he says Drew Peterson perpetrated on Savio in 1993.

    Eric Peterson and his younger brother, Stephen Peterson, were visiting their father and Savio for the weekend when Drew hauled his wife through the front door by her hair.

    “She was being dragged and fighting to stop being dragged,” Eric Peterson said, adding that Savio was shouting obscenities at her husband, begging the children to call the police and “screaming for help.”

    Eric Peterson said his father ordered his sons upstairs and pulled Savio down to the basement. He said the commotion downstairs sounded like a train ran through the house.

    One of Savio’s sisters and the police later showed up. The next morning, Eric Peterson said, there was no sign of Savio, but the house was strewn with broken glass and overturned furniture.

    Eric Peterson said it was apparent that Savio was drunk the night Drew Peterson dragged her around.

    Eric Peterson said he has not spoken to his father since January 2003.

    “I don’t love him or hate him,” Eric Peterson said of his father. “It’s separate of emotion. It’s indifference.”

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2004329,Peterson-hearsay-day2-stepbro-JO012110.article

  11. Thanks for the reminder, Rescue.

    I wonder how the children will cherish the memory of Drew telling the media that the owner of a whorehouse is his “hero” and that he can’t wait to be flown out for an interview to work there.

  12. Here’s another letter worth reading:

    Letter to the Editor

    Published: 2/15/2010 12:09 AM

    Last summer I saw someone interview Drew Peterson on television. During the interview, Peterson stated that Kathy Savio was a “hellcat.” I once dated Kathy Savio. We went to the same high school in Hillside. I do not ever remember her being a “hellcat.” She was a beautiful, fun-loving person. She enjoyed being around people. She was energetic, kind and loved attention. Everyone liked being around her. Maybe she turned into a “hellcat” because she found herself running for her very life. How many times did she contact the Bolingbrook Police Department screaming for help? Was it at least 14 times? Someone correct me if I’m wrong. Kathy received no help. Again, correct me if I’m wrong. Peterson, in shackles, looked as if it was funny when he was being escorted to jail. Everyone who was watching saw that dopey look on his face as he boasted about having three square meals a day. What person in his right mind would have a stupid-looking grin on his face when going to jail, arrested on suspicion of murder? I can’t find anyone who believes any words he has spoken. Personally, I think he is a gutless coward. Come Judgment Day, the Lord Jesus will avenge Kathleen’s death. Whoever murdered her, whoever the spineless jellyfish is will be punished for all eternity. And then there’s Peterson, who constantly feeds on negative attention with the media. Hang it up, dude, nobody believes you.

    Scott Karel, Elgin

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=358992&src

  13. Thanks for that reminder Rescue. Thankfully, Eric still has a mother, and hopefully good memories with her. I can only hope that the younger kids can now have some sort of a relationship with their respective mother’s families. Perhaps even form some “good memories” despite their father.

    This letter is yet another slap to the judge. One would think this would piss off Judge White. He was ordered not to CALL the media, or anyone not on an approved list, but writing? To me this is a workaround to defying the judge. I can just hear Brodsky….”The judge said he couldn’t CALL, he never said he couldn’t write.”

  14. facsmiley :

    My little girl, now 5, ask me where I’m at and when are you coming home.

    He should just tell her that he’s on vacation with Stacy.

    Lol Facs. That was funny in a creatively humorous way, but a punch in the gut of reality in another.

  15. Ok Drew,your new 5 min of fame is over for this round. Time to get back to squatting and coughing…..And NO-ONE cares about your life in the clink. I cant speak for all,but I can hardly wait for the trial,and just knowing that he sits there in his cold-cold cell,makes me laugh. He has NO control over his life and no-one elses…cold cell= cold black heart and cold eyes, for a cold blooded mommy-killer.

  16. FYI: I spoke briefly with Chuck Pelkie, the media rep for the WC State’s Attorney’s Office.

    I asked him if he has an opinion as to whether or not this letter is a violation of the judge’s gag order. What Mr. Pelkie does offer as an opinion is that, on their end, they intend to make every effort to adhere to the judge’s order, but that they feel this diverts attention from the seriousness of the charges. That being, the death of Kathleen, the mother of two children. There is concern that the Sun Times openly published this letter, it’s out there, yet, no effort was made to contact the WC State’s Attorney’s Office to discuss it. No courtesy was offered to comment on or take issue with its contents.

    So, to sum up, the SA’s office is aware that this letter makes light of the Savio case, and are concerned that the Sun Times gave this the wide-open forum it did. After speaking with Mr. Pelkie, I am not clear what options are being considered by the State’s Attorney’s Office regarding the publication of this letter

  17. It is odd isn’t it, that the letter was just published verbatim, with no quotes from anyone else. They didn’t even ask Drew’s lawyers for an official comment much less the SA’s office? When they treat it that way it’s almost as if the letter has the Sun-Times’ endorsement. Bizarre.

  18. Thanks for the info Rescue! You rock! 😉

    Do we know if he only sent this to the Sun-Times (Sneed)? Or did he send it to other media outlets as well, and others simply chose not to publish it? While it is my opinion that publishing this letter is in poor taste, I don’t think the Sun-Times did anything wrong. To them this letter was news, and it is their job to publish it? I hope it does piss off the judge, and SOMETHING is done about it.

    Drew can say what he wants and joke about being strip searched, but the truth is that it has got to be humiliating for him. THAT FACT, does make me chuckle! Indeed! 🙂

  19. The letter (if truly written by Drew) would show that he is passive-aggressive and seems to want to pick a fight. He will say on TV that there is no one who has ever seen him angry. But this letter surely shows lots of anger IMO.

  20. Note: I do think it was written by him and as you guys point out here Joel said it was but some will still say that someone else wrote the words for him.

  21. Sneed reported that the letter was handwritten, but I don’t doubt that Drew could have had some help with the wording when writing it. Or maybe he didn’t. He obviously wrote it for publication–not as private correspondence–and I think that explain the hokey attempt at a literary style.

    I can imagine a scenario in which Drew is on one side of the glass and Joel (or whoever) is on the other, and they sound it out together line by line. But I can also imagine Drew drawing on his limited reading experience (he says he does not read) and trying to sound ‘authorish’ and writing the thing all by himself.

    I don’t think it matters. He’s the person that signed the letter and his legal representation says he wrote it so ultimately they are his words.

  22. This letter and it’s contents have been out for two days now. If this wasn’t Peterson’s act of desperation and/or Brodsky’s, and any part of it was altered, re-written, parts added or omitted without authorization, Brodsky would have been all over this like white on rice. Who’s anyone kidding here? Would Brodsky, of all times, pick now to stay calm and quiet if he thought his client was getting screwed over by the Sun Times, or anyone else? Laughable. Silly. Anyone who says otherwise is looking through red, I mean rose, colored glasses again.

    He used his cease and desist routine on Matt Phelps, Michelle LeFort, Lisa Ward, made Dr. Brian Peterson sign a confidentiality agreement, told Geoff Pinkus to shut-up or else, and no one has seen hide nor hair of Derek Armstrong since he slithered away into oblivion into Canada.

    Yeah, right, it’s not his letter and he didn’t write it. Ha……..

  23. I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life which now doesn’t seem to apply to me.

    “Peterson, for reasons Janota said he has never been able to explain, allegedly sabotaged one of the squad’s drug stings and gave the identity of an undercover narcotics agent to a convicted killer under investigation for dealing drugs, Janota said. “We found out from different sources that the identity of an Illinois State Police officer was revealed to the [killer], by Mr. Peterson,” Janota said. ” . . . We immediately notified the undercover officer that his life was in jeopardy.” Added Janota, “Putting a fellow officer’s life in jeopardy is unforgivable as far as I’m concerned.”

    acandyrose.com

    Heh, defending the Constitution. Defend this.

  24. What about saying how sorry he is that he ruined Steves life, and marriage, by having him raise his four kids. Not one word that he thinks about him.
    Why doesn’t he write to his kids everyday, instead to columnist?

  25. grandam :

    What about saying how sorry he is that he ruined Steves life, and marriage, by having him raise his four kids. Not one word that he thinks about him.
    Why doesn’t he write to his kids everyday, instead to columnist?

    Excellent point! Steve Peterson was dealt a crappy hand, no matter how you look at it.

  26. Drew Peterson:

    I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life which now doesn’t seem to apply to me.

    JULIET: What would he do? What were some of the things that he did?

    MIMS: With Stacy he had gotten her a cell phone with GPS tracking so he could track her movements on it. With Kathleen he had tapped the phones in her house.

    MIKE: His third wife?

    MIMS: Yes, his third wife.

    JULIET: Who is dead, by the way, found in a bathtub.

    MIMS: Correct. And we did some surveillance on her. I helped with some surveillance on her.

    JULIET: You helped do some surveillance with Drew?

    MIKE: What do you mean—you just followed her around?

    MIMS: Yeah, when he was going through is divorce, it was right before the property settlement, the end of ’03, beginning of ’04. And he was worried that she was staying at her boyfriend’s house with the children. And he wanted to make sure, this is the story he told me, that she was leaving from her house in the morning to go to work.

    MIKE: What is this thing that you would surveil her though?

    MIMS: We monitored every move she made in the morning when she would go to work.

    MIKE: You had communication with each other?

    MIMS: We had a two-way radio.

    JULIET: You felt like, I mean, why were you doing that? You felt like he was being wronged?

    MIMS: Yes, I mean, it was a bitter divorce he was going through, he was a friend, and I was helping him gather evidence to help lower his alimony.

    MIKE: What did you ever catch her doing?

    MIMS: Nothing!

    http://www.acandyrose.com/kathleen_savio_steve_maniaci_files.htm

  27. http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=7613236

    Drew Peterson: Not easy being a ‘national pastime’
    by Eric Horng

    August 16, 2010 (CHICAGO) (WLS) — Accused killer Drew Peterson says it isn’t easy being, what he calls, a ‘national pastime.’

    Excerpts

    Fifteen months later it seems Peterson is still laughing…

    “Those people who don’t like Drew Peterson that thought that locking him up was going to get him down or beat him, they’re sorely mistaken,” said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney.

    But he turns serious when he writes of his kids.

    “I don’t let my children visit me here. This is just a childhood memory I don’t want them to have.” “I think the guy’s trying to make everyone feel sorry for him,” said Nicholas Savio.

    Savio is the brother of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen, whom he is accused of murdering.

    “How can you feel sorry for a monster who went on TV before and made jokes about everything? Want me to feel sorry for you now? No, no,” said Nicholas Savio, Kathleen Savio’s brother.

    The former Bolingbrook Police sergeant goes on to criticize prosecutor James Glasgow, who appealed a judge’s ruling on hearsay evidence, delaying the start of his trial.

    “I can’t believe I spent 32 years defending the United States Constitution with my life,” Peterson writes, “which now doesn’t seem to apply to me.”

    Peterson offered no real comment on the substance of the case against him. And a spokesman for the prosecution called the letter an effort to distract attention from the very serious charges he faces.

    Peterson is also critical of the media, saying news reports have turned him into a “national pastime,” though it’s an interesting statement given the fact that he wrote this letter to the sun-Times.

  28. Those people who don’t like Drew Peterson that thought that locking him up was going to get him down or beat him, they’re sorely mistaken,” said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney.

    Well, shoot, I forgot to worry about Drew Peterson getting down or beaten. My bad. I’ll get right on that.

  29. Peterson is also critical of the media, saying news reports have turned him into a “national pastime,” though it’s an interesting statement given the fact that he wrote this letter to the sun-Times.

    Exactly.

  30. grandam :What about saying how sorry he is that he ruined Steves life, and marriage, by having him raise his four kids. Not one word that he thinks about him.Why doesn’t he write to his kids everyday, instead to columnist?

    Yep a crappy hand indeed! I must say that as Steve’s wife this was probably way tooooo much to handle.

    Way to go Drew…. ruin more lives. Again, I can only hope that Steve is letting the children have some relationship, some sense of family, some sense of normal.

    Hopefully, the younger children will have no memories of their “Father”

    Again, I really HOPE that Steve has some help from family! This cannot be easy. Hope he wakes up, or does soon.

  31. Those people who don’t like Drew Peterson that thought that locking him up was going to get him down or beat him, they’re sorely mistaken,” said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney.

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

    So they just locked him up because they don’t like him and the Judge (the cop in robes as Drew calls him) set his bond at $ 20.000.000.00 all because they don’t like him – no other reason (!!)

  32. Whether it is part one, part two or whatever part still to come, at the end of the day it is quite a pointless letter, serving absolutely no purpose at all, other than perhaps showcasing more of the writer’s Sociopathic traits, but even that can’t be news to anyone, considering he’s paraded them in the Media for over three years already.

  33. That was nice of Chuck Pelkie to call you, Rescue.

    It is really odd that Sneed didn’t call the SA’s office for a comment, isn’t it? Maybe she felt that as a gossip columnist, she doesn’t need to follow the customary journalistic protocol? Does seem odd though…

  34. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-met-drew-peterson-appeal-0817-20100816,0,4082705.story

    Late appeal allowed in Drew Peterson murder case
    Trial would likely be delayed at least until next year

    By Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporter

    9:30 p.m. CDT, August 16, 2010

    An Illinois court has found that a last-minute appeal by Will County prosecutors seeking to introduce more hearsay evidence in the Drew Peterson murder case was filed too late, but it has allowed the appeal to move forward anyway.

    The 3rd District Appellate Court recently ruled that prosecutors would be allowed to file a late appeal, sources said, likely ensuring the murder trial will be delayed at least until next year. Prosecutors have asked that the appeal be sealed, a motion the court has granted.

    Defense attorney Joel Brodsky said he has sought to have the appeals court rule on whether his client must remain in jail during the appeal. Judge Stephen White ruled last month that prosecutors had provided “compelling” reasons to keep Peterson behind bars.

    “We should be hearing relatively shortly” from the Appellate Court, Brodsky said.

    If the appeals court upholds White’s decision, defense attorneys would push to have the prosecutors’ appeal heard as quickly as possible, Brodsky said.

    Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged in the 2004 drowning death of third wife, Kathleen Savio. With little physical evidence, the state has compiled hearsay statements that Savio and Peterson’s missing fourth wife, Stacy, made to others.

    In May, White ruled that only five of 13 hearsay statements that prosecutors wanted to admit could be heard by jurors. Less than 24 hours before jury selection in the trial was to start on July 8, prosecutors appealed White’s decision.

    Peterson’s attorneys had argued that the appeal came more than 30 days after White’s ruling — too late for the Appellate Court to hear.

    Prosecutors argued that their appeal was timely because the clock didn’t start ticking until June 30, when White upheld his decision, but they also asked for permission to file a late appeal.

  35. “Those people who don’t like Drew Peterson that thought that locking him up was going to get him down or beat him, they’re sorely mistaken,” said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson’s attorney.”

    Well if Drew isn’t worn down, beaten, feeling down then why is he writing a letter to the Suntimes complaining about things, and whining? If he is so upbeat, and content with sitting in jail, why write, and tell everyone how rotten it is in there? Drew was saying he only gets a peanut butter sandwich, or a bologne sandwich for court lunch, how he has to sleep on a lawn chair mattress, how he is isolated, and doesn’t get to talk to anyone but the prison guard, and the inmate who brings him his food! Sounds like he is pretty worn down, and beaten to me! Brings good news to my ears. Make me upbeat, and happy that is for sure. I hope it wears on him everyday, and gets worse, and worse till he can’t take it no more. After everything he has put everyone through, especially those children, and two wives that didn’t deserve what happened to them, I hope he rots never to see the light of day again! He has some nerve writing to a newspaper expecting people to feel sorry for him. The only thing Drew has done since day one is make up stories, and make a big joke out of a very serious, sad, tradgic situation. I hope he is miserable in there like everyone elses lives he made that way!

  36. Good job Rescue, Facs, for putting up all the facts with their lies! They say one thing, then later it is another. To bad the truth always comes back to bite them in the a**! Maybe they should learn to keep their mouths shut, instead of just rambling off the top of their heads. I am sure nobody is complaining though, it just proves even more how pathetic they all are, and don’t even know how to cover their own tracks, and lies!

  37. Once again,a big thankyou to Rescue and Facs for keeping us all up to speed with all your devotion to this case.Read here every day. Let the truth be told.

  38. An Illinois court has found that a last-minute appeal by Will County prosecutors seeking to introduce more hearsay evidence in the Drew Peterson murder case was filed too late, but it has allowed the appeal to move forward anyway.

    The 3rd District Appellate Court recently ruled that prosecutors would be allowed to file a late appeal, sources said, likely ensuring the murder trial will be delayed at least until next year. Prosecutors have asked that the appeal be sealed, a motion the court has granted.

    Huh? I’m trying to make sense out of the way this story is being reported and/or the wording of this.

    The Appellate Court agreed with the defense that the appeal was filed too late but allowed the appeal to move forward anyway? I don’t get that. Isn’t there more to the motion that argued for the Appellate Court to grant the appeal based on an alternate argument? I think this story stops short of saying that, otherwise, it reads like Peterson’s defense won but the State is reaping the rewards. That makes no sense. I would think that the Peterson defense would be outraged at the Appellate Court ruling in their favor, but ignoring its outcome. Come on, that would be crazy. Who would stand for that? I certainly wouldn’t expect the defense to. I would expect them to be going ballistic by now. That’s why I tend to think this didn’t go far enough to explain what the Appellate Court based their ruling on by letting the appeal go forward.

    I realize the State asked that the appeal be sealed, so the Appellate ruling won’t be public, but there is additional information available about what the State argued in their motion, isn’t there, about why the appeal should go forward even if it was filed late?

    In the meantime, IMO, Peterson’s best chance for getting out of jail actually rests on this appeal moving forward. The Appellate Court is expected to rule shortly, according to Brodsky, about Peterson being released pending this appeal. Unless they agree that there’s an overwhelming reason to keep him locked up, they may just let him out during this appeal process.

    If the Appellate Court agrees with the trial judge and keeps him in jail, according to Brodsky, they’re going to ask that this appeal be expedited. Sure is calm about all of this. Not the usual fired up guy. Hmmm.

  39. Rescue, the last paragraph pretty much explains to me. “Prosecutors argued that their appeal was timely because the clock didn’t start ticking until June 30, when White upheld his decision, but they also asked for permission to file a late appeal.”

  40. cfs7360 :

    Rescue, the last paragraph pretty much explains to me. “Prosecutors argued that their appeal was timely because the clock didn’t start ticking until June 30, when White upheld his decision, but they also asked for permission to file a late appeal.”

    Yes, CFS, you are right about that, but, see, I don’t think the story quite details that in a clear way. It’s grabber is that the Appellate Court agreed with the defense, but let the appeal move forward anyway. Obviously, that is not the case. They relied on the State’s argument that there is a reason to rule in their favor based on other arguments.

    I’m just saying that the story is confusing in that regard, and it will do just what I think it will–give those that don’t think it through enough to argue Peterson is getting the shaft and he’s being unfairly targeted by ALL the courts.

    The Appellate Court did not rule in his favor because they agreed with the State’s argument based on a different theory. Otherwise, as I said, if the Appellate Court had ruled for him but disregarded the outcome, he’d be right to be questioning this outcome.

  41. Oh, and BTW, regardless of anyone’s opinion about how the Appellate Court ruled, both sides argued their case, one side won and one side lost. There’s no mass conspiracy here to screw Drew Peterson. He has a “capable” defense, and if there is reason for them to believe or think, after losing this round, that a ruling like this is worthy of a Supreme Court appeal, then I’m sure they’ll get there. Funny thing, if he’s getting screwed here, I’m sure letters will be flying out like crazy, interviews from flapping pie holes will be plentiful, and motion after motion will be filed.

  42. I see what you’re saying Resuce, but you can’t put a whole lot of stock in these reporters to get things right, or at best, write things in a factual manner when they don’t understand how the judicial system works in the first place. That’s just my take based on many pr3evious articles, especially by a certain group.

  43. Well, this ruling is what it is now, so the appeal is going forward.

    As I said, in the meantime, the issue is whether the defense can win Peterson’s freedom during the course of the appeal. Once again, Peterson’s fate lies in the hands of his defense team and it’s up to them to win the argument. We’ll see. As I said, it’s Peterson’s best chance of getting out of jail for a while if his lawyers have the winning argument. Otherwise, the Appellate Court will make a ruling to keep him in the Will County Detention Center via their legal ruling. Certainly, they can’t just decide they do or don’t like the man and rule based on their personal opinions. Rulings are based on the interpretation of the laws. We won’t know why, though, because the appeal here is sealed.

  44. Who am I to speculate, but my hunch is that there’s an exorbitant $20 million bond that’s been upheld over and over for “whatever” reasons, so I tend to believe that whatever those reasons are, will keep his sorry butt behind bars during the course of all these appeals. We’ll see.

  45. I think that there are multiple exceptions to the rule out there and the prosecutors successfully argued at least one of them. I don’t think the whole judicial system is out to keep Drew in jail just because they don’t like him.

    Drew’s defense needs to start acting like they are the underdog. They seem to think that everything is going to just go their way because they believe it will. So far they don’t seem to have put up strong enough case examples to counter those provided by the prosecution. They can come up with all of the excuses and conspiracy theories they want but in the end it is their job to fight and win for their client.

  46. The actions and words of the DP defense team are those of desparate lawyers who have tried their client’s case in the public eye on tv and news articles and before any available microphone.

    They are getting the results of their public trial.

  47. I’ll admit I don’t really understand the details of an appeal like this but at the time Pelkie did make it sound as if the State was aware of the timing of the appeal but also confidant that it would be accepted:

    Though prosecutors submitted their petition 49 days after the original ruling, they believe they are within the legal timeframe, a spokesman said. Peterson murder’s trial has been postponed pending the appeal.

    “It’s an issue we took under consideration when we filed, and we feel it’s a timely appeal,” Glasgow spokesman Charles Pelkie said. “We believe the defense is wrong on this.”

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/petersons-defense-says-prosecution-appealed-too-late.html

  48. It is baffling that the defense continues to try to fight this case through the public media. The public may revile Drew Peterson but they aren’t the one making the decisions about his fate.

  49. They are probably hoping to do a Blago – which right now looks like it may be a hung jury very shortly based on the jury’s questions reported out there in the media today.

  50. facsmiley :
    I’ll admit I don’t really understand the details of an appeal like this but at the time Pelkie did make it sound as if the State was aware of the timing of the appeal but also confidant that it would be accepted:

    Though prosecutors submitted their petition 49 days after the original ruling, they believe they are within the legal timeframe, a spokesman said. Peterson murder’s trial has been postponed pending the appeal.
    “It’s an issue we took under consideration when we filed, and we feel it’s a timely appeal,” Glasgow spokesman Charles Pelkie said. “We believe the defense is wrong on this.”

    http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2010/07/petersons-defense-says-prosecution-appealed-too-late.html

    Based on the reporting, you’re exactly right, and the State also asked for permission to file the late appeal, which was granted, and therein you have the appeal going forward. Like I told Rescue, it seems pretty simple to me, but you can’t always go by what some of these reporters say, as we all know.

  51. FYI: I spoke to Chuck Pelkie of the SA’s office regarding the Appellate Court’s ruling to allow the appeal to go forward. He is not able to comment, as the appeal is sealed. He does reiterate, however, that they feel the Hanson ruling changed the playing field, and it triggered new law. They also feel that it was a timely appeal.

    Mr. Pelkie also addressed the issue of the protection of Drew Peterson’s Constitutional Rights, and he indicated that his Rights are scrutinized every step of the way in hearings and before judges.

    For now, they are looking forward to the issue at hand, and that is the appeal of Judge White’s rulings regarding allowing in certain hearsay statements.

  52. Thanks for checking with him, Rescue. It’s good to have comments from both sides on these stories.

    So, minor hiccup out of the way and moving forward, eh?

  53. You see that flash of light in the corner of your eye? That’s your career dissipation light. It just went into high gear.

    That is a quote from the movie Backdraft. Just picture saying this to Drewpy, and substituting “celebrity status” for “career.” Crash, burn. Poof.

    Buh bye.

  54. me thinks that they wont let drewpy out cause he will intimidate the witnesses and threaten them in some way . he will manipulate the situation , if he gets out of jail pending that appeal. but lets hope he stays in there for ever .also me thinks brodsky is an idiot cann’t keep mouth shut at all. he like drama all the time , that is just my opinion

  55. The law is clear – he is supposed to be released while there is an appeal pending by the State, unless there is a compelling reason not to. Judge White already said his reason will be clear to the Appellate Court, so it’s up to those judges to decide whether he gets out or not. If they think there’s a compelling reason, then he stays. If not, look out Bolingbrook. Moms and dads–hide your daughters.

    Drew Peterson’s rights are being protected, and he’s being afforded every legal avenue anyone else in his situation would be. He’s got a crack defense team working for him, and it’s their job to argue for and use the law that pertains to him.

    So, why the wah, wah, wah?

  56. Stacy Peterson family pleased with appeals green light
    Bob Roberts
    8/18/2010
    9:43 AM

    (WBBM) – Members of missing housewife Stacy Peterson’s family are pleased by the Illinois Appeals Court decision this week to allow an appeal to proceed.

    The 3rd District appellate court panel ruled that prosecutors could file an appeal seeking to introduce more hearsay evidence in the murder trial of Peterson’s husband, retired Bolingbrook Police Sgt. Drew Peterson, in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    Drew Peterson also is considered a suspect in 2007 Stacy’s disappearance, but has not been charged in the case.

    Judge Stephen White ruled in May that he would admit five of the 13 hearsay statements prosecutors hoped to provide as evidence. Prosecutors appealed July 8, arguing the 30-day window provided by law did not begin to run until Judge White reaffirmed his ruling June 30.

    The appeal is expected to push Peterson’s trial to next year. And while Stacy’s family initially objected to defense attempts to delay the start of the trial, spokesperson Pam Bosco said the family is supportive of the prosecution-induced delay.

    “We understand why (Will County State’s Attorney) Jim Glasgow is appealing for it and we actually appreciate that he’s trying to get as much hearsay evidence as possible into the trial.”

    Among the hearsay Glasgow seeks to admit are statements made to others by Savio and Stacy Peterson. There is little physical evidence to tie Drew Peterson to Savio’s death.

    Savio was found dead in an empty bathtub in her Bolingbrook home, a short distance from the home in which Drew Peterson and Stacy lived.

    Drew Peterson remains in the Will County Jail pending trial. Will County Judge Stephen White ruled last month that prosecutors had provided “compelling” reasons to keep Peterson locked up. That decision is also on appeal.

    At the same time, Stacy Peterson’s family is upset that a letter from Drew Peterson, outlining his life in jail and perspective on it, was published by the Chicago Sun-Times.

    Drew Peterson asserted that he is being denied the chance to see his children and mark important moments in their lives together.

    “Drew writes of his pain of missing his children’s events, birthdays and just watching them grow,” Bosco said. “How many times must Anthony and Lacy have asked where their mom was? When would she be coming home? This is the true loss here. Stacy and Kathleen are the victims here, not Drew, as he strangely seems to think.

    http://wbbm.cbslocal.com/2010/08/18/stacy-peterson-family-pleased-with-appeals-green-light/

  57. Drew Peterson asserted that he is being denied the chance to see his children and mark important moments in their lives together.

    As I read that statement above, I could not help but think what he was conveying. The sudden end to seeing children that are cared about and loved. That could have been said by a number of family members. There’s no denying that Peterson ended relationships between four of his children and his wives’ families. It’s kind of silly for him to have people feel compassion for him, when he’s banished people who love those kids from their lives. It’s too bad if he doesn’t approve of them or they don’t meet his standards. At least, to our knowledge, none of his wives’ families have been associated with the death of one person and the disappearance and presumed death of another.

  58. That makes me LOL reading that he is whinging about not being able to see his children.

    He missed out on seeing a lot of his children when he was free and living under the same roof. You know, going to bars every night, trips to New York to appear on the Today show, the planned trip to Nevada to talk to the brothel owner etc etc et frigging c.

    No sympathy here.

  59. Savio’s Family Reacts to Peterson Murder Trial Delay

    It looks as though the murder trial of Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, may be delayed until next year.

    Posted: 5:14 PM Aug 18, 2010
    Reporter: Lauren Kravets

    MACHESNEY PARK – (WIFR) “I wish no one else to have to go through this, this is a terrible pain, you not only relive the pain, but you miss your sister even more.”

    Sue Doman is forced to relive the painful death of her sister yet again, after an Illinois court granted prosecutors’ late appeal to allow more hearsay evidence. And that’s the only main evidence they have.

    “She actually told me that he was going to kill her and he told her it was going to be an accident and no one would ever know,” said Doman.

    An accident is what police initially thought it was. Kathleen drowned in her bath tub back in 2004, but after Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, went missing three years later, they re-opened Savio’s case and charged Peterson with murder.

    “I knew there was foul play involved and I suspected Drew Peterson,” explains Doman.

    Jury selection was supposed to begin last month, but now because of the appeal, it’s likely the trial will not begin until next year. But Sue says the outcome is worth the wait.

    “I’m pretty disappointed it’s going to be another year, possibly even more, but I’m pretty confident in the prosecution that they will come to a guilty verdict.”

    It’s also expected that Peterson will have to remain in jail throughout the appeal process, since the judge ruled last month that there’s “compelling” reasons to keep him behind bars.

    That brings relief to Sue’s husband, Mitchell Doman, “At least we know where he’s at; he can’t be out there hurting somebody else.”

    The judge in the case originally said jurors could only hear 5 of 13 hearsay statements, which is why the appeal was filed. Hearsay is the main evidence prosecutors have against Peterson, so winning the appeal could be crucial to their case.

    Sue and her husband will be heading to court Monday, for a status hearing on the appeal process. The judge will also be discussing a separate charge against Peterson, claiming he had an illegal gun.

    http://www.wifr.com/news/headlines/101013879.html?ref=879

  60. Drew doesn’t deserve sympathy

    August 18, 2010

    Drew Peterson’s delusional letter to the Chicago Sun-Times’ Michael Sneed would not need responding to, but I am to give a voice to his two beautiful wives, whom he has silenced forever.

    Publishing his ill-advised letter in the Sun-Times without confirmation of the facts through the Illinois State Police just continues to lend a hand to the manipulative maneuvers between him and his lawyers, who will try anything, however slimy, to keep him as a ”national pastime.”

    If it weren’t for their three-ring circus antics to keep Drew in the public eye for future memoirs and monetary gain, this case would have followed a respectable time frame and justice would have been served.

    His first sentence sums up the painful reminder of the true victims here — Stacy Peterson, Kathleen Savio and their four children. Drew writes of his pain of missing his children’s events, birthdays and just watching them grow. How many times must Anthony and Lacy have asked where their mom was? When would she be coming home? This is the true loss here. Stacy and Kathleen are the victims here. Not Drew, as he strangely seems to think.

    Hey Drew, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is following the Constitution by defending the rights of the innocent, even after they have been silenced by their abusers. It is because of him that you and others like you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Most importantly, those they abused and murdered will have their day in court and their voices heard.

    Pamela Bosco,

    spokeswoman for the Stacy Peterson family

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/commentary/letters/2609044,CST-EDT-vox18.article

  61. Thursday, August 19, 2010
    The Chicago Sun-Times “Slapping the Face of Justice”

    Last week the Chicago Sun-Times decided to print a letter in a two-part series from former sergeant and alleged murderer Drew Peterson. Peterson has been behind bars since May of 2009. (for the link of part one go here)

    The first headline ran on August 15th titled “The Drew Peterson Letter My Life in Jail.” I was outraged when Michael Sneed, an award winning journalist for whom I have great respect, decided to publish this letter without any regard for the families of Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio. Granted they provided a disclaimer similar to taking a Kleenex and blowing ones nose and then saying excuse me while I go and wash my hands the editor before running Peterson’s words included “ Sun-Times is aware of the pain the Savio family has endured while waiting for justice in the murder of their loved one.”

    The Sun-Times is not aware of the pain they have caused in printing, in my opinion, the words of an alleged killer. Prior to Kathleen Savio being found in all of places a dry bathtub in the former marital home, the documents, police and hospital reports, the letter(s) sent to the states attorney’s office pleading for anyone to come to her rescue before she died, is in and of itself a tragedy. Victims of intimate partner violence especially those married to a law enforcement officer are either unable to seek an avenue for assistance or as in Kathleen’s situation, are killed while trying to stay alive.

    In providing a forum for an alleged abuser the Sun-Times is saying that the lives victims of intimate partner homicide do not matter in Illinois and across the country.

    I would like to ask the Chicago Sun-Times if they realize how much damage they have caused in printing this garbage. Why not print the letters written or show the bruises on Kathleen Savio’s face? Why didn’t the editors include Kathleen’s cemetery headstone along with Peterson’s letter? Why don’t you ever print stories of women living in fear for their lives, before they are killed? Or do important stories and provide information that will keep victims of violence alive?

    As a 20-year plus veteran specialist in the area of Intimate Partner Homicide, I worked for a number of years, with many reporters at the Sun-Times, after the murder of my mother, gunned down by a decorated police detective, to have an effective legal system in place and laws implemented for victims. Now I am embarrassed to say I am from Chicago. That all my work to educate and keep victims safe and their voice’s alive, many times with the media’s help, is now, a slap in the face for justice.

    When the editor’s at Chicago Sun-Time’s print the words of a man accused of murder, you say that violence within the home is not a crime. You also send a clear message to other offenders that actions and a circus act behavior is news worthy enough to make front page headline news.

    You have sent a message to the children of Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio, forever archived on the Internet for them to read, that the lives of their mother’s had little or no significance.

    Friday: Part Two of this series “Bring Her Home”
    To follow the lastest on the case I suggest you visit the Peterson Word Press Site or Webslueths.com.

    http://murphymilanojournal.blogspot.com/2010/08/chicago-sun-times-slapping-face-of.html

  62. It is great to hear from Pam and Sue. Drew’s stupid letter at least has given others the opportunity to call him on his sh*t.(again) Backlash, I think they call it, Joel. Everyone has been reminded what filthy pig he is.

    Why isn’t someone slapping The Tribune for publishing the decision under seal?

    As gross as the reprise of Drew’s complaints are, the Tribune is the paper that punched due process (and Drew’s victims) in the eye.

    Am fuming.

  63. From Sneed today:

    The mail bag . . .

    Sneed usually consigns letters from readers to the Sunday column, but the written response to the letter from Drew Peterson, who is awaiting trial for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio — and who is under investigation for the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, drew intense reactions.

    Here is a sampling . . .

    “At first I was appalled that you would use your column to feed the ego of the maniacal Drew Peterson. But after reading the contents I can honestly say that the man’s own words are a testament to his true character. Your printing of his letters proves once and for all that he is nothing but a narcissistic buffoon. He obviously has no respect for anyone, not even his children, for whom he should be most concerned.”

    Maryrose M.

    “Why would the Sun-Times acknowledge the Savios’ pain and then go ahead and grant their daughter’s accused murderer a two-page spread? Unbelievable.”

    Kate C.

    “How can you give column space to this canker sore of a man?!”

    Brad S.

    “I do not believe anyone cares about Drew and find it sad that a dead person’s little photo should be placed next to a big photo of a presumed murderer as if his story is important.

    Kathryn A.

    http://www.suntimes.com/news/sneed/2615092,CST-NWS-SNEED19.article

  64. What a shame, IMO, that the enabler of this misfit and his letter hasn’t proudly come forward to take credit for this garbage.

    I’m still wondering what this letter was intent on accomplishing, if not sympathy or compassion for Peterson. What did this do to help him, or what is it supposed to accomplish?

    I think it is very suspect that, just weeks ago, the Tribune was reporting that Peterson sent them a letter in which he praised his lead attorney for stringing together a top-notch team. A blessing in disguise. A team in whose hands he felt secure placing his life. Almost as though he was signing a declaration that he was on board with anything any one of them did or would do to defend him. Whether it was for his good, in his best interests or not. No complaints from him. Only praise.

    Now, there’s a ten page letter that mysteriously showed up in Michael Sneed’s hands for publication. Odd that they would bypass the Tribune, isn’t it, then wind up at the Sun Times? Did they shop it around? The lead attorney has been known to shop around Drew Peterson stories before. Maybe not, but, IMO, sure can be seen that way.

    If it was a tactic suggested to him by the defense team, or any one member, and it’s now backfired to the point of dragging him down even deeper in the swamp he’s in, he can’t very well open his mouth. He loves his current assembled defense team.

    This all looks to me like whatever the future holds as to what the defense team is going to pull next, Peterson sold his soul to the Devil by sending that reference letter to the Tribune. Who would encourage him to do that, write and sign a handwritten letter, in which he totally supports, most of all, his lead attorney? Hmm. Let me think. It’s like the guy signed away any ounce of sense he might have had left. If he was encouraged to do it by anyone on the defense, that strategy is mind-numbing. If he did it on his own, without any input from his defense team, then they are doing him a great disservice by not having his mental stability evaluated, or working day and night to get control of him so he doesn’t further damage his future.

  65. Rescue, I heard the loud boom from the backfire all the way to Alabama. The defense must be too ashamed to take credit for this fiasco since the comments overwhelmingly condemned the Sun-Times for stooping so low to prints Drew’s whiny, pathetic, narcissistic letter, not to mention the disgust hurled at Drew himself. I totally believe he had their (defense) blessing, and even their input, but I can’t help but wonder if it was a joint decision by the entire team, or just between Drew and his bus driver. The latter seems more likely.

  66. cfs7360 :

    Rescue, I heard the loud boom from the backfire all the way to Alabama. The defense must be too ashamed to take credit for this fiasco since the comments overwhelmingly condemned the Sun-Times for stooping so low to prints Drew’s whiny, pathetic, narcissistic letter, not to mention the disgust hurled at Drew himself. I totally believe he had their (defense) blessing, and even their input, but I can’t help but wonder if it was a joint decision by the entire team, or just between Drew and his bus driver. The latter seems more likely.

    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

    That’s my response to the backfiring you have pointed out, Ms. CFS!!!

  67. Thanks for getting that video up, Facs. It serves well to put up as much as possible the victims’ families’ responses. Their points of view are important and count!

  68. Watching that video, I couldn’t help but think that this has to be so awfully hard for those two boys of Kathleen’s….your mother’s family believing your father killed your mother, and wanting to have him sentenced to prison for the rest of his life, and then the boys publicly saying they believe their father is innocent. Makes one wonder what they really believe, or have come to believe after all this time.

    I just know what I believe, and I hope Kathleen will get the justice she deserves.

  69. Without knowing anything about what his children endure on a day-to-day basis, including his adult son, his two teen sons, and the little people, yeah, it is hard to imagine how it could be nothing but embarrassing to face people after reading, on the front page, no less, their father’s rambling, insane nonsense.

    I would think, especially for his adult son, it would be difficult to work with fellow officers, when he has to both have their trust in the toughest of situations, yet support his father and his nonsense. Tough choices there.

    We all know being a teen is probably the most difficult of ages to live through. Peer pressure, wanting to be accepted and liked, school, and just the transition into young adulthood. Why would this boob put out this ugly nonsense, yet expect his sons to support him fully while they have to deal with friends, friends’ parents, neighbors, co-students and teachers, on a daily basis? I’m sure most try to be considerate and tolerant, compassionate, but, we all know this is the real world, and some people might not get that concept–that the kids are innocent.

    I can’t even stand thinking about it. It makes me sick to think about his children and their circumstances. Of course, that’s outside of the fact that two moms are out of their lives.

  70. It does me too Rescue. I just hate it so much for them that they were dealt a father like Drew, regardless of what a wonderful father Brodsky says he is.

  71. PRNewsChannel.com

    Chicago law firm Brodsky & Odeh splits
    Joel A. Brodsky to focus on criminal law while former partner Reem Odeh to concentrate on immigration.
    August 20, 2010 –

    CHICAGO / The law firm of Brodsky & Odeh, the legal practice behind several of Chicago’s biggest cases, is splitting up, partners Reem Odeh and Joel A. Brodsky jointly announced today.

    “We have grown in different directions and our expertise is now in very different areas of law,” says Brodsky. “After some soul searching and discussion it became obvious to both of us that it simply makes more sense to be in separate law firms.”

    Odeh, who teamed with Brodsky six years ago, says she is looking forward to forging ahead with developing her own practice.

    “I learned a lot from practicing criminal law with Joel over the last six years, and now it is time for me to develop my own identity as an attorney,” says Odeh.

    Brodsky and Odeh are probably best known for their representation of former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson.

    Reem says that despite the breakup of the firm, she will remain a part of Peterson’s defense team.

    “I believe in Drew’s innocence and I will not stop supporting him because Joel and I are no longer partners,” says Odeh. “I will continue to be a part of the defense team.”

    In addition to Peterson, Brodsky and Odeh also represented Joseph Reyes in his successful fight to take his daughter to church over the objections of his Jewish wife. The case received international media attention.

    The duo also represented Moshen Salah, whose family of seven was killed in the Gaza war of 2009.

    The two attorneys will remain in the same suite for now, but will have different phone numbers.

    Odeh office number: (312) 739-1000.
    Brodsky office number: (312) 541-7000.

    Media note: Joel A. Brodsky or Reem Odeh will not be available for comment or interview on this subject.

    http://www.prnewschannel.com/absolutenm/templates/?z=0&a=2904

  72. “I learned a lot from practicing criminal law with Joel over the last six years, and now it is time for me to develop my own identity as an attorney,” says Odeh.

    LMAO! She learned a lot alright. This statement doesn’t address what she learned, but I’d venture to say, my opinion would be it was how NOT to defend a client with professionalism and dignity, and gain the respect of those that are following the case.

    Ha, ha, ha…. this is hysterical!!!!!!!!!

  73. “I believe in Drew’s innocence and I will not stop supporting him because Joel and I are no longer partners,” says Odeh. “I will continue to be a part of the defense team.

    Speaks for itself. I would have more respect for her if she would have said she will fight for her client’s rights and support him throughout, than to see her “admit” she believes in Drew’s innocence. Oh, well.

  74. “Media note: Joel A. Brodsky or Reem Odeh will not be available for comment or interview on this subject.” um, er..but not sure which one. Ha Ha.

  75. bucketoftea :

    “Media note: Joel A. Brodsky or Reem Odeh will not be available for comment or interview on this subject.” um, er..but not sure which one. Ha Ha.

    Heh. Don’t believe everything you read. 😉 Especially when it’s denied by the parties involved.

  76. This interview was done, I believe, about two months after Stacy’s disappearance.

    http://www.lawcrossing.com/article/3850/Drew-Peterson-s-Defender-Attorney-Joel-Brodsky/

    Excerpt

    Currently, Brodsky does 60% to 70% criminal defense work, with some complex commercial litigation on the side.

    “There’s probably very few guys who can make a living doing just criminal,” he says.

    Yeah, and let’s see how many fellow defense attorneys are going to beat down the door to join Brodsky now that he’s single again. Remember, two heads are better than one………

  77. Susan Murphy Milano’s Journal

    Friday, August 20, 2010
    Stacy Peterson “Bring Her Home”

    Get out your vomit buckets! The story’s headline on August 16th, from part 2 in the Chicago Sun-Times series in bold black ink reads ” Drew Peterson-Not easy Being A National Pastime.”
    According to Wikidepia “a national sport or national pastime is a sport or game that is considered to be an intrinsic part of the culture of a nation. ”

    The killing of ones’ own wife, girlfriend or significant other, also known as intimate partner homicide, has in fact become a carefully strategized “national game” among those who deliberately take their wives and girlfriends out of their lives. So, what Peterson is really saying, with a bull horn behind iron bars, in his carefully crafted blood soaked hand, “ladies and gentlemen, this is just a game.” If we look at those who murder their intimate partners, each one of the offenders lost the game when charged and convicted of the crime. But, Peterson is betting otherwise, as evidence since day one going back to March 1, 2004, when Kathleen was murdered.

    Even behind bars, with his game face on, Peterson is betting the prosecutors in Will County, Illinois, do not have enough for a conviction. Sadly, he just might be right.

    The Chicago Sun-Times has provided a playing field, or a national stadium, for, in my expert opinion, a “skilled mommy murderer”.

    In a stadium all games begin with the crowd standing, singing the national Anthem. Peterson’s song is, “I killed my third wife isn’t that nice, watch as I get away with it twice.” In Peterson’s case no one heard anyone singing during the world series playoff’s in 2004 because deals were made behind closed doors as to who would win the championship, when the then prosecutor, Tomczak, forfeited the game, ignoring facts and pleas’s for assistance from Kathlen Savio by handing Peterson his victory with bases loaded. The final game victory pitch, a walk ending the national series, with a 1 to nothing score. Peterson 1 the state of Illinois 0.

    In October of 2007, Peterson enters the stadium once again, “ha, he says, been there done this before, easy hit for another home run.” With a frenzy, the national media camps outside the home of Stacy Peterson, reporting blow by blow game plays and appearances, including Peterson’s own words, joking and laughing in classic killer, abuser style. Watching him often reminded me of my own father, who laughed almost idential in pitch and tone as Peterson, as they believed being in law enforcement meant you were smarter than everyone else.

    I wonder how the Chicago Sun-Times and it’s editors feel about being played? Because, in fact, they have been. They should now understand how easy it is for victims of violence to be under the spell of a manipulative abuser. This time the paper has gone too far, enabling Peterson to continue to present and defend himself while his victims,the mother(s) of his children, have been silenced. Never once have they done an in depth investigation and reported on the cases of Kathleen Savio or Stacy Peterson. It is a fact that none of us, with the expection of the surving family members, ever remember the names of any of the victims from high profile cases like Ted Bundy, Richard Speck, Christopher Vaughn or John Wayne Gacey.

    There was a time when reporters looked and weighed all sides to a case before printing a story. I recall over the years being upset with the media when they would agree to print something about a victim of violence and then say something to me like, “we are also going to interview the abuser or the killer for the story.” If they could not interview the abuser they would seek out a quote from a neighbor, friend or co-worker. It was always the same song, “he was such a good dad” or, “he was always the go to guy in the neighborhood” and I think to myself, after reading it, aren’t they all? I guess the best example, from personal experience, is trying to enlist the assistance of others for help while my mother was still alive, she had no place to go. When I discovered her body, at her own crime scene, I was placed in a position, defending my mother to my father’s fellow officer’s when they said point blank, “She drove him to it.” Those words would be the fuel that would ignite and flame a 20- plus year fire for intimate partner homicide.

    The only front page story the Chicago Sun-Times and every other television and print media should be reporting and writing on is the unsolved murders of these two women. Give these cases as much ink as Peterson and just maybe, you say to their families and others of violent crimes, that intimate violence behind closed doors in the home is a serious criminal matter.

    To the editors and reporters of the Chicago Sun-Times, you have your facts turned inside out like a stained pair of boxer shorts. Stacy Peterson did not simply vanish. She was removed from her home, in my opinion, taken out of the game called life. A common theme among criminal offenders. Stacy Peterson is missing and yet you print his words as though they are important, leaving others to believe that Stacy Peterson’s life is similar to a foul ball in a game, it simply does not count. Two days in a row you have slapped justice in the face for these 2 women. The only headline you should write, going forward, is “BRING HER HOME.” You still have an opportunity to investigate, even though you are in the 8th inning of this world series game, and properly report on Stacy Peterson until she is found and given a proper resting place by friends and family.

    http://murphymilanojournal.blogspot.com/2010/08/stacy-peterson-and-chicago-sun-times.html

  78. Media note: Joel A. Brodsky or Reem Odeh will not be available for comment or interview on this subject.

    Hey, what’s this? An open barn door. Guess, I’d better close that up…wait. Where’s the horse?

  79. Funny but somehow I don’t think those are Reems words or opinion in that article.

    As per usual they much more represent the words and opinion of her megalomaniac now ex-partner and if they truly are her words/opinion than she is not very bright (!!)

  80. Kind of a complicated situation. They’re no longer partners and, I assume, not on very good terms, yet they’re working on a complex case together, and in the same office suite. That must be interesting.

  81. Currently, Brodsky does 60% to 70% criminal defense work, with some complex commercial litigation on the side.

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

    Joel is known to do some stuff on the side, but is that called “complex commercial litigation” ?????

  82. rescueapet :
    Kind of a complicated situation. They’re no longer partners and, I assume, not on very good terms, yet they’re working on a complex case together, and in the same office suite. That must be interesting.

    Rescue you forgot to mention they now have separate phone nos as well.

    Don’t ring Joel on Reems number and don’t ring Reem on Joels number.

    How much more crazy and bizarre can this get (!!)

  83. rescueapet :
    Oh, I am sure we have not heard the last of this, but, who knows. Maybe we’ll have to wait until the book comes out. Or the movie. Whichever comes first.

    Oh yeah, that’s right – the big pot of gold at the end of the rainbow !

  84. That could be a worry..remember what happened the last time he dissolved a partnership? It was his ex-partner’s client that Joel forged the signature of and then kept his cash “safe” at home.

    Don’t leave any files behind in his half of the office, Reem!

  85. bucketoftea :
    That could be a worry..remember what happened the last time he dissolved a partnership? It was his ex-partner’s client that Joel forged the signature of and then kept his cash “safe” at home.
    Don’t leave any files behind in his half of the office, Reem!

    LOL @ Bucket.

  86. Does anyone know if Brodsky has filed a motion to take the appellate courts decision, on the hearsay ruling, to the higher court? If not, the court doesn’t have to decide if Peterson gets out of jail until JB appeals to the ill. supreme
    court. Because the appellate court gave their decision.
    A little confusing, am i correct.

  87. grandam :

    Does anyone know if Brodsky has filed a motion to take the appellate courts decision, on the hearsay ruling, to the higher court? If not, the court doesn’t have to decide if Peterson gets out of jail until JB appeals to the ill. supreme
    court. Because the appellate court gave their decision.
    A little confusing, am i correct.

    Grandam – I don’t think that the defense has filed a motion to take the Appellate Court’s decision to the IL Supreme Court. So far, he’s been quoted as saying he is waiting for the Appellate Court’s ruling on the defense’s motion to let Peterson out during the appeal process. Brodsky said if that motion is denied, then the defense will push for the appeal process to be expedited.

    It is all confusing, yes. I hope that is what you meant by asking if Brodsky appealed to the Supremes.

  88. Why has the media not interview the victims? The savio family or stacy we are really the ones that are in pain with out our sisters and children that we can not see. Shame on the media wanted to post some one in jail! So why not all the people in jail voice there voice. WHY DREW!

  89. Thank you, rescueapet. I thought since they gave prosecution the green light, they didn’t have to decide if he gets out or not. Unless, JB appeals their decision.
    We might hear more on Monday, I believe there is a court date on status.

  90. Sue, I’m also puzzled as to why the Sun-Times chose to handle the letter in the fashion that they did. Maybe they thought that by running it in a gossip column they wouldn’t need to treat it the way they would a normal “lead”?

    In any case, I disagree with their decision (and I’m obviously not alone). I would have like to have seen some mention of the letters written by your sister (as we posted upthread) as well as some quotes from family members and prosecutors to give his Drew’s letter some context. Otherwise they are just acting as a mouthpiece for Drew.

    I still wonder how this is different from Drew making collect calls to Matt Lauer or Mancow. How is this letter not covered by the judge’s order that Drew not give any more interviews?

  91. sue :
    Why has the media not interview the victims? The savio family or stacy we are really the ones that are in pain with out our sisters and children that we can not see. Shame on the media wanted to post some one in jail! So why not all the people in jail voice there voice. WHY DREW!

    Sue, it’s really not fair to you all, and Facs is right. However, maybe you all could discuss with your attorneys (and maybe Pelkie or Glasgow) whether a rebuttal with Kathleen’s letters would be appropriate, but I suspect since they will be used as evidence in Drew’s trial, it might be best to let him just keep looking like the sociopathic fool we all believe he is, and you all continue to show tons more class than he does.

  92. Aww, I think the good thing to come of a bad thing is that the letter bombed if it was meant by the defendant and the defense to be of any use.

    Look at it this way. Now when Peterson is transported to a hearing, we’ll know that he may spend hours and hours in a teeny, tiny holding room, waiting to be taken back to his home away from home when the hearing is over. You know, the procedure he described as “hellish.” While his attorneys take their vacations, have their nice dinners, hang out with their living and breathing wives, and do just about everything someone who isn’t accused of murder does…..

  93. grandam :

    Thank you, rescueapet. I thought since they gave prosecution the green light, they didn’t have to decide if he gets out or not. Unless, JB appeals their decision.
    We might hear more on Monday, I believe there is a court date on status.

    You’re welcome.

    Yeah, Monday’s court date should be a busy one. Maybe they’ll even start picking a jury for the illegal weapon trial, IDK. The State is also supposed to give a status on the appeal timeline. I also would expect even more motions to fly. That usually happens too.

  94. While the letter may be 100% Drew’s, I highly suspect that there was a ‘deal’ made prior to its being sent. Maybe even sold to the highest bidder. Who knows? And who would be surprised? I sure wouldn’t be. The name of the game in newspaperland is to sell papers, of course, and we know that almost everything Drew will sell. Maybe not to the thousands his team wants, but he’s a hot (read: despicable, conniving, gag-inducing, horrendous) entity right now, and
    How I wish this weren’t true.
    Sue, you and your family have had my heart since Day One. Please know that you and yours are in the thoughts and prayers of many. Texas for Stacy and Kathleen.
    As far as being a ‘national pastime”? I say he’s national passed time.

  95. Hi, everyone. I am back after my holidays and trying to make up the last three weeks without you. I was missing any news very much. And all of you:)

  96. Hi Cyrhla. What did you do for your hols? Do you have dacha (little summer cabin-y things in Russia, Turkey, other places?) equivalents in Poland?

  97. If the trial is delayed, then the letter will be out of sight and out of mind of potential jurors by the time it takes place.

    I guess Drew found a loophole on the judge’s order that he not give interviews.

  98. Drew Peterson hearing scheduled for today, August 23.

    Posted: Sunday, 9:15 PM Aug 22, 2010

    Drew Peterson Status Hearing
    A status hearing regarding an appeal in the Drew Peterson murder trial will take place tomorrow.

    Earlier this week, an Illinois court approved a late appeal filed by the prosecutors to allow more hearsay evidence. That means the trial, which was supposed to start last month, will not likely begin until next year. Peterson is accused of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio back in 2004. Savio’s sisters, Sue Doman, who lives in Machesney Park, says she’s been waiting a long time to see her sister’s murderer brought to justice.

    “It’s been about 7 years going on 8 years, so it’s been tremendous stress for the family. Unfortunately, the justice system takes a long time, but I’m willing to wait that,” says Doman.

    Doman will be in court tomorrow for a status hearing. A judge will also address a separate charge against Peterson claiming he had an illegal gun.

  99. http://murphymilanojournal.blogspot.com/2010/08/headline-stacy-peterson-is-missing.html

    You can comment directly on Susan’s website.

    Excerpts

    Since Peterson is good at writing his “so called feelings” what has he actually gone through, other than play a skilled game of “catch me if you can.” Maybe he would consider putting his feelings into a anonymous letter and sending it to the Chicago Sun-Times for another “exclusive” to say where they can find Stacy Peterson’s body. Mind you, it would not be a confession, just a way to bring closure for a family waiting for nearly three years to bring Stacy home.

    To Michael Sneed and the editors how about furthering the cause of Stacy Peterson and running a front page story on her case, afterall she is still missing. I will even write it for you, send a request to my email address murphymilano@gmail.com. Giving equal time into who these women were is the right thing to do, wouldn’t you agree?
    Tommrow: Part 4 in the series

  100. joehosey
    Drew’s in th jury box waiting to be called.
    2 minutes ago via txt

    He looks happy. He must have enjoyed his morning strip search.
    half a minute ago via txt

    🙂 Let us know if you see any bills sticking out of his waistband.

  101. joehosey
    ASA Connor says the Bolingbrook police chief will testify today. half a minute ago via txt

    joehosey
    Break in the gun case — now a status hearing on the murder case.
    6 minutes ago via txt

  102. facsmiley :

    Hosey’s in good form this morning.

    Yeah, well, I look at it this way. Having a few belly laughs at the expense of the murder defendant and making him the butt of a few jokes is okay, since he’s such a jokester himself. Karma baby.

  103. Joe is our full-time fly in the court. LOL
    Thanks, Joe, for your great job.

    And many thanks to Susan Murphy for her right attitude towards Drew’s letters from jail. This is sick and arrogant!

    I can hear Mother Justice coming and can see Her kicking Drew’s fat ass. 🙂

    [To bucket: I spent the last three weeks on the yacht sailing and making pictures of beautiful lakes and rivers. LOL)

  104. joehosey
    ASA Lorz asked for a Feb. Status date on the appeals in the murder case. Judge White said not to bother.
    4 minutes ago via txt

    joehosey
    Nothing will happen until the appellate court is done. White said he will be gone (retired) by then anyway.
    3 minutes ago via txt

  105. “joehosey
    Nothing will happen until the appellate court is done. White said he will be gone (retired) by then anyway.”

    I’m really really sorry to read this. Although we knew it was coming, we were so near-and yet so far. I wish Judge White the best, and wish we could have kept him.
    ***
    Cyrhla, Your 3 weeks on the yacht beat the hell out of my 3 weeks (and counting)of surgery and recovery time. Good for you, and welcome back!

  106. Wonder what’s going on with the gun case today? If this is going to be a jury trial or a bench trial. Kind of confusing, no? Steve P is there and the BB Police Chief is supposed to testify, so it sounds like this is going forward.

  107. joehosey
    A Bolingbrook police sgt testified, said Swat team rifle barrels were not authorized to be shortened.

    Lunch break — not a lot accomplished.

    4 minutes ago via txt

  108. Hey kids.

    Thanks for the larfs, Joe!

    Wish I could be there with my camera. Or just my fashion/spiritual advice.(By the way, today’s prognostication is:
    “I see a brownish bird
    In a tallish tree,
    Which means sorrow
    Or joy
    For somebody” [paraphrased])

    I also see cheryljones feeling better soon! 🙂

    Sounds like fun, cyrhla. Making pictures photos? drawing? painting?

  109. cheryl,my dear. just a little word….milk the situation for all it’s worth relax and enjoy being “off the hook”. 😉

  110. Well, hurrah! The first testimony in anger; the first shot, if you like. Keep those illegal guns off the streets.

  111. BTW Facs, Rescue, I was reading back about the gun charges and it sort of hit me anew what you’ve accomplished here. I hold you in highest esteem. 😀

  112. http://cbs2chicago.com/local/drew.peterson.court.2.1874615.html

    Aug 23, 2010 1:54 pm US/Central

    Peterson Back In Court For Murder, Gun Cases

    As they await a court ruling so former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson’s murder trial can resume, defense attorneys also busy are fighting felony gun charges against him.

    Peterson is charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, whose body was found in a dry bathtub in March 2004. Her death was originally ruled an accident, but was reclassified as a homicide after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, disappeared in 2007.

    Separately, Peterson is charged with keeping an illegal gun, specifically an AR-15 rifle on which the barrel is illegally short. Peterson is also charged with illegally transferring the firearm to his son.

    The gun was seized during the investigations into Savio’s death and Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

    Will County Judge Richard Schoendstedt dismissed the gun charges in 2008, after prosecutors refused to hand over key internal documents. Peterson’s attorneys had argued the gun charges amounted to vindictive and selective prosecution.

    But in February of this year, an appellate panel revived the gun charges. Defense attorneys attempted again to get the charges tossed, arguing that a federal exemption allowed Peterson to possess the gun because he was a police officer.

    At a hearing Monday before Judge Schoenstedt, Peterson’s attorneys called three witnesses from the Bolingbrook Police Department.

    One witness, Bolingbrook police Sgt. Jeff Drabek, said he and Peterson had both been members of the REACT SWAT team, which had been authorized to carry military-style automatic weapons such as the AR-15. He also said because the Bolingbrook Police Department did not have enough of the weapons in its arsenal to accommodate the whole REACT team, the officers were permitted to buy their own weapons.

    Prosecutors contend that the federal exemption on weapons has to do with police officers being allowed to carry concealed firearms while off duty, not with modified military-style weapons such as the one Peterson had.

    In a separate motion, the defense is also mounting a Second Amendment argument against the gun charges. The state statute that bans automatic weapons with barrels under a certain length is being challenged on claims that it violates the right to bear arms, following the McDonald v. Chicago ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court that forced the City of Chicago to toss its handgun ban.

    Prosecutors won a continuance for a hearing on that defense argument, saying the defense had failed to notify the Illinois Attorney General about the Second Amendment motion.

    In a separate hearing Monday, Will County Judge Stephen B. White said he planned to continue to hold the jury that had been picked for Peterson’s murder trial, but he doesn’t know for how long.

    Peterson’s trial was delayed last month, following an appeal by prosecutors. Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow is appealing Judge White’s ruling regarding which statements will be allowed into evidence under the hearsay exception being used in the case.

    A jury was impaneled before the appeal was announced.

    Meanwhile, White is retiring, and says another judge will be taking over the Peterson murder case. He said no further status hearings on the case are expected until a ruling is issued on prosecutors’ appeal.

    Peterson sat quietly in a blue Will County Jail jumpsuit with shackles on his legs during the two hearings, which were held in different courtrooms. Judge Schoenstedt allowed defense attorneys to have Peterson’s handcuffs removed as they called witnesses for the hearing on the gun charge.

  113. Herbert Hardy? The same Hardy who represented the ISP at Kathleen’s inquest?

    Hardy, Herbert B.: Herbert Hardy is a Special Agent with the Illinois State Police. He provided testimony to the coroner’s inquest in May 2004 as the jury was trying to determine the cause of death for Kathleen Savio. He was filling in for the ISP officer who had been to the scene and was “on vacation and unable to attend.”

  114. At a hearing Monday before Judge Schoenstedt, Peterson’s attorneys called three witnesses from the Bolingbrook Police Department.

    One witness, Bolingbrook police Sgt. Jeff Drabek, said he and Peterson had both been members of the REACT SWAT team, which had been authorized to carry military-style automatic weapons such as the AR-15. He also said because the Bolingbrook Police Department did not have enough of the weapons in its arsenal to accommodate the whole REACT team, the officers were permitted to buy their own weapons.

    Three for the defense? Well, who were the other two? Geesh, piecemeal, half-information again.

  115. In a separate motion, the defense is also mounting a Second Amendment argument against the gun charges. The state statute that bans automatic weapons with barrels under a certain length is being challenged on claims that it violates the right to bear arms, following the McDonald v. Chicago ruling in the U.S. Supreme Court that forced the City of Chicago to toss its handgun ban.

    The right to bear arms. Yes, that is a Constitutional right, it can be argued.

    But, what has the City of Chicago prior gun ban, which was challenged and which the Supreme Court agreed was a violation of the right to bear arms, got to do with a BB police sergeant being in possession of a weapon that is illegal in length for everyone but him? Bolingbrook-Chicago, I’m not getting the connection.

  116. Ah, well, I do know that Walter Maksym is suing the City of Chicago for something that has to do with all the years the Chicago gun ban was enforced, so is this his little way of fighting “the man” with Peterson’s case? Make him the poster boy for all that was wrong with the City of Chicago’s gun ban?

    Geesh, the guy can’t get a break, can he, LOL. Always some lawyer wanting to use him for something.

  117. thinkaboutit2 :

    Guess they want everyone to be able to have modified automatic weapons…

    Yes, I guess you’re right. The idea that law-abiding citizens would be able to defend themselves in their own homes by having the right to bear arms has grown into challenging the state and it’s ban on barrel length, channeled through Drew Peterson. **Sigh**

  118. grandam :

    So, the murder charge is in limbo waiting on the appellate court?

    Right. Pending the ruling of the State’s appeal as to omitted hearsay statements by Judge White.

    They also still have to rule on whether Peterson gets out during the appeal.

  119. Rut roh.

    joehosey
    Steve Peterson and his wife, Theresa both testified. Steve told of Drew smuggling guns over to his house before the State cops got around to serving their search warrants. Steve said he could not remember his conversation with his Father without the assistance of a “time travel machine,” but a look at a transcript of his grand jury testimony helped Refresh his memory.

  120. Did they ever serve a search warrant on Steven’s house? I would think that if the police found out Drew did this that they would think maybe he passed over some other kind of evidence to his son.

  121. If he testified about this back during Grand Jury we can only assume that the State has been aware of this for a long time. But it’s news to me. Interesting.

  122. Oh, man, you can’t make this stuff up.

    joehosey

    Kevin McCarthy and Brodsky keeps trying to get Greenberg’s attention.

    Greenberg just whispered to Brodsky to “shut the fuck up.” Greenberg is cross-examining Bolingbrook Police Chief

    2 minutes ago via txt

  123. rescueapet :Rut roh.

    joehoseySteve Peterson and his wife, Theresa both testified. Steve told of Drew smuggling guns over to his house before the State cops got around to serving their search warrants. Steve said he could not remember his conversation with his Father without the assistance of a “time travel machine,” but a look at a transcript of his grand jury testimony helped Refresh his memory.

    Sounds like, he’s as big as a smart a– as his father.

    Channel seven just reported that ISP were searching a near a lake today in Galesberg.

  124. joehosey
    Th imfamous photo from Fatal Vows showing Stacy wearing nothing but a sport coat and her sister Cassandra dressed in Drew’s SWAT gear and holding his rifle is introduced into evidence as People’s Exhibit 14. 3 minutes ago via txt

  125. joehosey

    Drew apparently modified the gun after letting Cassandra pose with it. Check out Fatal Vows to see People’s Exhibit 14.
    And much, much more.

    12 minutes ago via txt

  126. Hmmmm – So now that makes me wonder if the date of the photo is after the date of the approval by the department to use that weapon….

  127. joehosey

    Hearing will continue on 9/7. There will also be another hearing on whether to dismiss the charge due to Constitutional Issues.


    7 minutes ago via txt

  128. rescueapet :
    joehosey

    Hearing will continue on 9/7. There will also be another hearing on whether to dismiss the charge due to Constitutional Issues.


    7 minutes ago via txt

    I smell another appeal coming…

  129. thinkaboutit: I smell another appeal coming…

    Yeah, but, IMO, is this about helping the client in his legal mess, or is this showboating by an overzealous attorney who just wants to use him to pursue his own agenda?

  130. I just saw Greenberg and Brodsky on WGN, reiterating that they are going both for a vindictive prosecution and constitutional defense for Drew, and that the appellate process could possibly push the actual trial to the middle of 2011.

    P.S. During the interview neither told the other to “shut the fuck up”. I guess this is reserved for the courtroom, not the cameras.

  131. rescueapet :

    thinkaboutit: I smell another appeal coming…

    Yeah, but, IMO, is this about helping the client in his legal mess, or is this showboating by an overzealous attorney who just wants to use him to pursue his own agenda?

    You could almost feel sorry for Drew. Almost…

  132. rescueapet :

    thinkaboutit: I smell another appeal coming…

    Yeah, but, IMO, is this about helping the client in his legal mess, or is this showboating by an overzealous attorney who just wants to use him to pursue his own agenda?

    I guess I was thinking it would be an appeal either way – if the judge says to go forward the defense will appeal and if they say that it isn’t constitutional then the prosecutors will appeal to keep the case moving forward.

  133. rescueapet :

    joehosey
    Th imfamous photo from Fatal Vows showing Stacy wearing nothing but a sport coat and her sister Cassandra dressed in Drew’s SWAT gear and holding his rifle is introduced into evidence as People’s Exhibit 14. 3 minutes ago via txt

    Here is the picture.

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