Peterson’s cop son suspended

Stephen Peterson

Peterson’s cop son suspended

August 28, 2010

JOLIET — The Oak Brook cop son of accused wife-killer Drew Peterson was suspended from his job, possibly for his part in hiding an assault rifle from the state police.

Stephen Peterson, a 6-year veteran of the Oak Brook department, was put on paid administrative leave Friday. He declined to discuss the matter.

Stephen Peterson testified in court four days prior to his suspension and admitted to taking possession of an AR-15 and at least one other weapon his father did not want the state police to get their hands on.

From the witness stand Monday, Stephen Peterson recalled that on Oct. 30, 2007, Drew Peterson showed up at his son’s North Aurora home with two or three guns. The weapons were among his father’s “favorites,” Stephen Peterson said, and “he didn’t want anything to happen to them.”

Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, was reported missing the day before Drew Peterson’s visit to his son’s home. Her whereabouts remain a mystery, and the state police suspect Drew Peterson killed her.

More than a year and a half after Stacy vanished, the state police arrested Drew Peterson and charged him with murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004. At the time of her death, and for the ensuing three and a half years, the state police insisted that Savio was the victim of a freak bathing accident, only changing their tune after Stacy disappeared.

Peterson remains in jail on both the murder charge and on a felony gun charge for allegedly possessing an assault rifle with a barrel shorter than the state mandated 16 inches. The rifle was one of the weapons Drew Peterson gave his son to hold onto before the state police got around to obtaining a search warrant for Drew Peterson’s Bolingbrook home.

Stephen Peterson surrendered the rifle to the state police three days after his father gave it to him. The state police raided Drew Peterson’s home the day before Stephen Peterson gave up the gun and seized numerous other firearms.

Even though Stephen Peterson possessed the allegedly illegal gun for three days, he faces no criminal charges.

Calls to the Oak Brook Police Department were not returned Friday.

In April 2008, the Oak Brook Police and Fire Commission suspended Stephen Peterson for eight days for driving his marked squad car to Joliet and showing up to testify before a Will County grand jury in his patrolman’s uniform.

Drew Peterson’s attorney, Joel Brodsky, said Stephen Peterson remains unaware of the reasons for his most recent suspension.

“He hasn’t seen any papers yet,” said Brodsky, who was certain that Stephen Peterson was being punished to get at Drew Peterson, and suggested that Drew’s 5-year-old daughter, Lacy, might be targeted by the authorities.

“I suppose that next they’re going to go after Lacy for jaywalking,” Brodsky said. “Anything to go after Drew.”

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  1. Leave it to Brodsky to insert some stupid comment. Lacy jaywalking? He insists on making himself look like an idiot.

  2. Geesh. Of all the people this hardass, Drew Peterson knows, street rats, best buddies, whoever, why did he drag his son down with him in his swamp? He’s smothered him with responsibilities that are enormous. He put him in the trick bag, by screwing up his son’s personal life and his career. No doubt Stephen Peterson loves his father and is loyal and devoted to him, but putting him in this kind of situation is sickening. Even if Stephen was willing to do what he had to do help his father. I can’t imagine what Steve’s mother must feel like watching this.

    What kind of man would involve his own son in this kind of stuff, and then have the audacity to whine about how he’s being unfairly targeted?

    Wonder if Peterson is good with Brodsky bringing up Peterson’s daughter, Lacy, as the subject of one of his moronic jokes? Another act of a crude and desperate poor excuse of a lawyer.

  3. I repeat after Greenberg: STFU, Brodsky!

    As it comes to Stephen I am happy that it has finally happened and I want to express my big respect for the Oak Brook PD. Is the BBPD to follow?

    Stephen got involved in Drew’s actions so I would be not surprised if one day he was also accused of helping Drew.

  4. If I were his police employers I wouldn’t be favourably impressed by his performance on the stand at his dad’s hearing.(although not suspendable) Won’t say exactly how many guns(I don’t believe he doesn’t know how many), wise guy remark about a time machine. What happened to his policeman’s skills of observation?

    I think Drew was able to make Steve his “creature” because he needed his father’s love and approval. Did Drew take him out at midnight creeping about, climbing fences dressed in black? If Drew would use the younger boys, he would certainly see his PO son as terribly useful,too, IMO.

  5. One of his father’s favourite games played in his childhood was throwing Kathleen down the stairs with the boys’ help so I guess the range of games for children could have been wider, bucket.

  6. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/southsouthwest/ct-met-peterson-son-suspended-0829-20100828,0,5208008.story

    Drew Peterson’s son suspended after testifying on dad’s weapons
    Attorney questions timing of move by Oak Brook police

    Three days after testifying that he let his father, Drew Peterson, hide weapons in his home, Oak Brook police officer Stephen Peterson was suspended from his job, village officials said.

    The Thursday decision was directly related to Stephen’s testimony, a source said.

    Stephen Peterson, 31, has been suspended at least five times in the six years he’s been an Oak Brook police officer, according to state records and prior police statements.

    His father, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is charged with murder in the 2004 drowning of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, as well as with owning an illegal gun. Peterson is also the sole suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

    On Monday, his son testified that Peterson called him shortly after Stacy disappeared, then brought two bags holding two or three guns into his North Aurora house.

    “They were his favorites and he didn’t want anything to happen to them,” Stephen testified Monday.

    Stephen Peterson later turned the weapons over to Illinois State Police, according to testimony from a retired state police investigator.

    Oak Brook Village Manager David Niemeyer said Peterson’s son was placed on paid administrative leave Thursday pending the outcome of an internal investigation. He declined to comment on why Stephen was suspended, saying it was a personnel matter.

    Drew Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky called the move “pure vindictiveness” and “baseless” and said no new information had emerged during Monday’s hearing for Oak Brook to act on. He suggested the move was intended to get at Drew and noted that Stephen was caring for his two younger siblings.

    “What’s next — they’re going to catch (Drew Peterson’s daughter) Lacy running across the street and charge her with jaywalking?” Brodsky said.

    Stephen Peterson’s prior suspensions have been for running improper database checks on 10 village employees, driving an Oak Brook squad car and appearing in uniform before a grand jury investigating Stacy’s disappearance, making a rude comment to a citizen and sending an inappropriate message on a police computer, according to past police statements.

    He could not be reached for comment.”

    Call me old fashioned, but I think I would have sacked him for spying on 10 village employees. There is no innocent explanation for that. Verrrry creepy.

  7. If you look at Randy Mucha’s case, it was not so easy to lose your job in OBPD.

    I wonder if Randy Mucha was Stephen’s or rather Drew’s friend. At least both have been sharing interest in taking pictures ;)
    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=133749

    The latest development revealed in court documents is the existence of a dispute between former police Sgt. Randy Mucha and a former officer over “extremely sensitive photographs” that were subpoenaed as part of two lawsuits.

    At least one of the photographs was of a half-naked woman in an Oak Brook police uniform.

  8. cyrhla :

    If you look at Randy Mucha’s case, it was not so easy to lose your job in OBPD.

    I wonder if Randy Mucha was Stephen’s or rather Drew’s friend. At least both have been sharing interest in taking pictures ;)
    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=133749

    The latest development revealed in court documents is the existence of a dispute between former police Sgt. Randy Mucha and a former officer over “extremely sensitive photographs” that were subpoenaed as part of two lawsuits.

    At least one of the photographs was of a half-naked woman in an Oak Brook police uniform.

    Cyrhla – I don’t think we want to go there. Steve Peterson isn’t suspended for Randy Mucha’s picture taking. He’s suspended for something that relates to his father’s illegal weapons charge.

    However, they do know one another, I believe, on a professional and possibly personal basis. If it goes beyond that, please post your sources and references before making any assumptions.

  9. I really think Stephen would do better to give a simple statement to the media. It’s not that we need a Drew-style smart-assed rant, but by not talking he just allows people like us to speculate all sorts of things. Who knows – his suspension may not even be related to his father at all…

    Strange though, that his father’s lawyer feels it’s his place to comment on the suspension.

  10. Stephen was a police officer and was sworn to uphold the law. Instead, he took part in hiding his dad’s “favorite” weapons from the ISP. And now he is suspended for his part in that. Where is the unfair targeting?

    If Brodsky was hoping to get any sympathy for Stephen, he blew it there IMO.

  11. Delete my #9 post please, rescue. I did not mean to suugest Drew and Randy M were friends and Stephen was fired because Mucha took a picture of a lady in a police uniform.

  12. “What’s next — they’re going to catch (Drew Peterson’s daughter) Lacy running across the street and charge her with jaywalking?” Brodsky said.

    No, I don’t think that’s how it works. ;-) The police are sensitive to the fact that Lacy was and still is a baby when it comes to knowing what dirty little secrets her father might have lurking about.

    No, I think people like a son who had a relationship that was more like a close, best friend, might have interesting implications. A father who was his best man at his wedding. Umm, yeah, as long as this adult son has sensitive information that might be related to his father, and as long as he was a “willing” participant in what might be considered detrimental to an ongoing investigation, it doesn’t take a leap to figure out he’s squarely in the sights of the barrel. At least, that’s my opinion.

    As to the care of the children, I don’t think Stephen Peterson is running the house single handedly. The two teens and two younger ones are probably taking care of him and each other, rather than the other way around.

  13. grandam :
    Suspended with pay. I’ve never understood how a suspension with pay is any kind of a punishment.

    That is due to the investigation; he has not been fired.

  14. I realize it’s none of my business, but I do like the thought that the kids might possibly be better attended to with Stephen at home. I know that Kathleen’s oldest boy has been doing a lot of babysitting for the two little ones.

  15. A family attorney says Stephen Peterson is unaware of the reason for the suspension, but just days before, Peterson testified in court to hiding an assault weapon that belonged to his father, Drew Peterson.

    Stephen testified that his father did not want state police to seize the weapon. Drew Peterson remains in jail while charged with the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio.

    Hmmm. You don’t think he makes any arrests, do you, of anyone who may be in possession of an illegal weapon? Naw, I guess not. He spends his day sitting by the side of the road, tracking speeders. He leaves the big-boy arrests for the real police. Right?

  16. I am afraid that due to the fact that Stephen has been involved in Drew’s actions, the children only havely un their bodyguard changed. Small children quickly adapt to any change of place (and even like it!) as long as they have the loved ones and their things with them. What they luck IMO is freedom in a widely understood context. They have been cut off from close family relations and put in prison much ealier that Drew himself. If Kris and Thomas (or even the little ones) had been silent witnesses of Stacy’s murder, change of place would be good for them.

    These children should be under the custody of responsible and loving persons, not a teenger. However, I guess I know what you mean, facs.:) Staying with Stephen is just some sort of the lesser evil :(.

  17. Oak Brook police suspend Drew Peterson’s son from job
    By Jake Griffin | Daily Herald Staff

    Published: 8/28/2010 2:01 PM

    Oak Brook authorities have suspended the son of accused wife-killer Drew Peterson from his post as a police officer there.

    Joel Brodsky, an attorney for Drew Peterson, said Stephen Peterson was placed on paid leave Friday, though he hadn’t seen the documents related to his suspension. Brodsky believes the suspension was related to testimony the younger Peterson gave earlier in the week regarding one of three guns his father left at the son’s house that authorities claim was illegal.

    Attempts to reach Oak Brook police officials and village leaders were unsuccessful Saturday.

    The elder Peterson was a police officer in Bolingbrook. He is accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio and is suspected in the disappearance of his fourth, Stacy. He is currently in jailed for the murder charge as well as a felony gun charge.

    Brodsky said Stephen Peterson would be represented by police union lawyer, but was “troubled” by the timing of the suspension.

    “He’s testified about this in 2007,” Brodsky said. “Why wait three years? I can come to no other conclusion than they are trying to put pressure and get to Drew Peterson by attacking members of his family. It’s the height of vindictiveness.”

    Brodsky said Stephen Peterson has been caring for his father’s young children since Drew Peterson was jailed nearly a year and a half ago.

    “Steve is a great kid and a good cop,” Brodsky said.

    Oak Brook police suspended the younger Peterson before, but Brodsky said Stephen Peterson successfully appealed those suspensions and was eventually paid for the days he was forced to take off. He has been with the department for six years.

    Drew Peterson was first arrested on the gun charge when prosecutors alleged he possessed an assault rifle with too short of a barrel. It was one of the guns the father had left with the son days before Stacy Peterson was reported missing. Stephen Peterson surrendered the weapons to state police days after his father left them at the younger man’s house.

    http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=404253

    Yep, three years ago he testified before the Grand Jury that he took possession of his fathers guns, one of which is being claimed is illegal. See, but, Mr. John Q. Public wasn’t necessarily aware of this until now. So, how long do you suppose a smart-ass attorney like Brodsky would tolerate having one of his clients being arrested by Officer Stephen Peterson for possession of an illegal weapon, when he’s being investigated for the very same thing? Suspicious? Suspicious this!

    Oh, and of course they’re trying to put pressure on him. Happens every day in police work. Sorry, Brodsky, but the sun doesn’t rise and shine only on the Peterson family. My guess would be it is not a leap to think that LE is putting the screws to Steve Peterson because he may just have testified to more than we know about, or he’s in doo doo up to his eyeballs and needs someone to show him the way. Ya think?

  18. drewpeterson is certainly not my favorite person however stephenpeterson has been the caretaker of the children since kathleen savio died and stacypeterson has gone missing these children need their brother to take care of them.also drew is innocent until proven guilty that remains to be seen

  19. Chuck Goudie
    Source: Cops move to dump Drew Peterson’s son
    Updated at 02:57 PM today

    August 28, 2010 (OAK BROOK, IL) (WLS) — The Oak Brook Police Dept. has taken a first step toward firing the son of accused wife killer Drew Peterson, according to a high-ranking law enforcement source.

    Department officials placed Stephen Peterson on paid administrative leave Friday. No reason was provided for the suspension of Peterson, a 6-year veteran Oak Brook policeman.

    However, the ABC7 I-Team has learned that Peterson’s suspension was a result of hiding weapons for his father Drew, including an illegal AR-15 assault rifle.

    A source familiar with details of the Peterson case told the I-Team on Saturday that it was Stephen Peterson’s testimony about accepting the weapons from his father that prompted the first move toward termination. “We believe he was obligated to turn them in” to authorities the law enforcement source said.

    In testimony last Monday, Stephen Peterson admitted to taking possession of the assault rifle and at least one other weapon his father did not want the state police to find.

    Stephen Peterson held onto the guns for four days, even after state police raided his father’s Bolingbrook home with warrants to search for guns.

    It was on Oct. 30, 2007 that Drew Peterson delivered the guns to his son’s North Aurora home. That was the day after Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy was reported missing. She has never been located and detectives believe Drew Peterson killed her and disposed of the body.

    From the witness stand last week Stephen Peterson said the weapons were among his father’s “favorites,” and that “he didn’t want anything to happen to them.”

    Drew Peterson remains in jail, charged with the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio and on a felony gun charge for allegedly possessing a short-barreled assault rifle. His son does not face criminal charges even though he has admitted possessing and hiding the guns. The I-Team on Saturday was told by an investigative source that an outside law enforcement agency is currently examining Stephen Peterson’s conduct.

    This is not the first time Drew Peterson’s police officer son has been in trouble. Stephen Peterson has been suspended on at least five occasions in his short career. His resume of punishment includes a suspension in April, 2008 for violating Oak Brook Police Dept. rules. He wore his police uniform and used a village squad car to drive to Joliet for his appearance in front of a Will County grand jury that was investigating his father.

    That suspension followed an I-Team report in Dec. 2007 that Illinois state investigators had subpoenaed the personnel files of three men with connections to the village of Oakbrook Police Department. Among them was Steve Peterson.State authorities removed Steve Peterson’s police personnel file and other records of his patrol activities during key period of his step-mothers’ disappearances. In 2007 the I-Team was by investigators that state police seized the Oakbrook department personnel files of two of Peterson’s closest friends on the force. One had resigned while under investigation for professional misconduct. The other was terminated for lying and unauthorized access of criminal files.

    Those who know Drew and Steve Peterson say the men are more like best friends than father and son. Drew was Steve’s best man at his wedding in 2007. Stephen Peterson’s wife Teresa is a federal agent with the inspector general’s office for the U.S. Housing Department.

    Teresa Peterson was also questioned by investigators in 2007 as to her husband’s whereabouts and activities during certain key periods of time.

    Neither Oak Brook police officials nor Peterson have been available for comment. Drew Peterson’s attorney Joel Brodsky called the suspension “pure vindictiveness” and “baseless.”

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/iteam&id=7636226

  20. “Steve is a great kid and a good cop,” Brodsky said.

    And he’s got the record to prove it. He’s only been suspended 5 times in little more than as many years.

  21. bucketoftea :

    “Steve is a great kid and a good cop,” Brodsky said.

    And he’s got the record to prove it. He’s only been suspended 5 times in little more than as many years.

    I would probably have to agree with you there, Bucket. But, the rest of me feels sick about the idea that his father would put him in the trick bag that he did in the first place. I look at this from a parent’s point of view — this is just something decent people wouldn’t think of doing to their child/children. He’s got his whole career/future ahead of him. His father, whether he is cleared of these particular charges or not, gave him guns to hide from a search warrant, and he accepted them. He involved him in what is now a criminal act. Had it been a street rat asking one of his buds to do the same thing, it would be no different.

    Thanks to his father, he’ll be lucky if he can get a job driving a truck.

  22. That’s so true. One way and another Drew has just used every single person in his life. The closer to him, the more in peril one would appear to be.

    It’s terribly sad. His own children are his biggest living victims.

    I hope Steve will cope alright, but I don’t suppose he’s a very happy bunny these days. (gosh, I hope they can revoke his gun card over the AR15 matter). I really hate to think of guns in the house with children.

  23. Bucket@#25 – Steve Peterson’s life, as he knew it, is definitely going to be in a new phase. Drew Peterson can spit and spew, and so can Brodsky, about vindictive prosecution all they want. The facts are in plain sight. Drew Peterson hid guns and Stephen admitted participating. What choice is left now that he testified to it under oath?

    I am wondering if he is going to cooperate in some way to avoid any criminal charges against him, besides losing his job as a sworn police officer?

  24. Think about it – this is the same man who dressed his minor child all in black and took him out after midnight to cut down the neighborhood ribbons put up to memorialize their missing mom.

    IMO, Peterson will use and manipulate anyone at hand in order to have his way.

  25. deborahhayes :

    drewpeterson is certainly not my favorite person however stephenpeterson has been the caretaker of the children since kathleen savio died and stacypeterson has gone missing these children need their brother to take care of them.also drew is innocent until proven guilty that remains to be seen

    Hi, Deborah. In truth, Stephen Peterson (and also his wife at one time) has only been taking care of Drew’s kids since he was arrested and detained for Kathleen’s murder in May 2009. Kathleen Savio died (or was killed depending on how you want to look at it) in March 2004 and after that the kids were adopted by Drew’s new wife Stacy. Stacy Peterson went missing in October 2007.

    And absolutely, Drew Peterson is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, but as free citizens, we are all entitled to our opinions. In my opinion Drew Peterson is guilty of killing two of his wives. Lucky for Drew, he’s entitled to a trial and a jury of his peers — something that murder victims don’t get.

  26. I wonder if there is any criminal significance to the other guns Drew wanted hiding. Does anyone know if a particular gun was suspected to have been used to shoot at Stacy through the bedroom floor? Was it a handgun? That’s how I think of it, but that’s maybe just my imagination.

  27. Hi Deborah. Drew was guilty then, he’s guilty now and you know what? He will always be guilty. He is only officially declared so and punished when proven according to the rule of law.
    In the meantime:
    He looks like a duck, walks like a duck, doesn’t deny being a duck. Bad enough he acts guilty, but he used every means to smear his victims, too. He’s a pig. A guilty pig. Get used to it.
    Otherwise, if you have any proof that he is in fact innocent, or any proof (STFU Joel can’t find any)that his rights are being denied, not only would his defense team love to hear it, so would we. ;)

  28. According to this story:

    http://cbs2chicago.com/local/drew.peterson.property.2.609134.html

    No report was ever filed. Since the Stacy was in the garage at the time and Cass heard about the shot from Stacy, I doubt she could say which gun it was.

    Of course, Drew claimed that Stacy had fired the gun and that it was her own weapon. That would certainly be what he would say given that he is required to report any accidental discharges from his weapons…and he never did. ;)

  29. Hey thanks, Facs. That rings a bell. We only have his word for that I think…saying she’s the one who fired the gun, messing about with it.

  30. Drew isn’t above using even his tiny daughter to get himself out of hot water. IIRC, after his young son Kris testified before the grand jury, Drew paraded her in front of the cameras and asked her “do you want to testify at Grand Jury”?

  31. Regarding the gun shot that was fired through the floor into the garage–don’t I remember reading or hearing that the rug had to be lifted in order to see the hole in the floor? I thought I remember hearing that Stacy did so to show her sister, Cassandra the hole.

    I mean to say, I just can’t picture Stacy lifting up the rug to accidentally fire a round into the floor. But, hey, in Drewland, anything is possible, and I certainly don’t want to come across as being vindictive.

    Wait a minute. Yes, I do.

  32. Drew’s defense is based on lies and attempts to dismiss both the cases on the grounds of vindicative attitude or gaps/tricks with legal provision. I realize it does not matter to Peterson or Brodsky if we believe in his innocence or not as long as we are not the jurors, but whenever it comes to the facts, Drew Peterson does not want to explain anything.

  33. LOL!
    Yes, I remember that, too. (was there new carpet?) I thought I remembered Cass saying that Stacy said he was cleaning one of *his* guns. If he’d managed to kill her that day, it would be pretty hard to explain how she could have shot herself in the garage from the bedroom. We’d have heard a different story, wouldn’t we? I tend to believe it wasn’t the Glock if he says it was.

  34. As for the time lag between testimony before the GJ and the suspension, wasn’t the GJ stuff under seal?

  35. bucketoftea :
    LOL!
    Yes, I remember that, too. (was there new carpet?) I thought I remembered Cass saying that Stacy said he was cleaning one of *his* guns. If he’d managed to kill her that day, it would be pretty hard to explain how she could have shot herself in the garage from the bedroom. We’d have heard a different story, wouldn’t we? I tend to believe it wasn’t the Glock if he says it was.

    I agree.

  36. She heard a ‘pow.’ It scared her. She looked around the garage — she didn’t know what it was,” Cales told the Chicago Tribune. “Drew went down there. He picked up all the pieces and he never made a report (to police). He patched the ceiling. Stacy showed me the hole. She peeled the carpet back and showed me where the hole was.”

    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,316571,00.html

    So, Brodsky’s explanation is full of as much crap as he is. Stacy “peeled” back the carpet to target practice?

    I hope Brodsky never leaves Drew’s side. He’s going to be his downfall. Just helping the case.

  37. bucketoftea :

    As for the time lag between testimony before the GJ and the suspension, wasn’t the GJ stuff under seal?

    Yes, precisely. Until the other day, when Stephen Peterson admitted under oath that he was part of what I consider to be criminal activity, there were only media rumblings, I believe. Now, his employer can move to separate him from the Oak Brook Police Department. He needs legal representation. Badly.

  38. Remember, Cass said that the gun discharge happened shortly before Stacy went missing (summer of 2007). So are we to believe that there was new carpet laid in between the gun discharge and then? BTW, there were also juice stains on the carpet that were looked at by LE. I somehow don’t believe that this was new carpet.

  39. If Steve has been suspended five times in six years, I have no sympathy for him. None. It sure sounds to me like he follows in his daddy’s footsteps — the law doesn’t pertain to him. IMHO, of course.

  40. He does sound like he might be a defiant butthead. Still, for being only 31 years old, he’s had a whole lot of his father’s mess dumped on him, and it sucks to be in his shoes. I can’t help but wish things were different for Steve Peterson. If his career is over because of his loyalty to his father, what good is that loyalty going to do him now? Do you wonder if there will ever come a time when he’ll start using his head to think for himself and see what he needs to do to break away from the ball and chain that is weighing him down?

  41. Will Steve escape a charge of obstruction of justice? Drew hadn’t been served with the search warrant yet when he took the guns to Steve’s, and he turned them over voluntarily, but does that mean he phoned them up and said “Hey, I’ve got these weapons I think you should have” or they called on him to ask for them, and he delivered to BBPD? I suppose it depends upon whether or not he took possession of the guns knowing it was to keep them from the ISP. That begs the question: just what was his dad thinking might “happen” to his favourite deadly accessories?

  42. rescueapet :
    He does sound like he might be a defiant butthead. Still, for being only 31 years old, he’s had a whole lot of his father’s mess dumped on him, and it sucks to be in his shoes. I can’t help but wish things were different for Steve Peterson. If his career is over because of his loyalty to his father, what good is that loyalty going to do him now? Do you wonder if there will ever come a time when he’ll start using his head to think for himself and see what he needs to do to break away from the ball and chain that is weighing him down?

    He doesn’t even really have to do much thinking of his own. Just do/say/believe the opposite of whatever his dad suggests.

  43. rescueapet :You know, Bucket, no matter how we angle and try and figure out what the plausible explanation for this is — why did Drew Peterson involve his son?

    Because he can! and he ain’t done yet…

    It might seem easy or logical to us to know what all the son has to do …

    yet the son has been trained from birth by this perverted father.

    This sorry excuse for a human being, appears to have the control,

    whether real or imagined at this point, to cause the four minor children

    to be raised and live together as a family, or split apart, …

    a mighty heavy responsibility, sacrifice, and sense of obligation

    for this 31 year old who grew up knowing evil.

  44. rescueapet :He does sound like he might be a defiant butthead. Still, for being only 31 years old, he’s had a whole lot of his father’s mess dumped on him, and it sucks to be in his shoes. I can’t help but wish things were different for Steve Peterson. If his career is over because of his loyalty to his father, what good is that loyalty going to do him now? Do you wonder if there will ever come a time when he’ll start using his head to think for himself and see what he needs to do to break away from the ball and chain that is weighing him down?

    I don’t see Steve in the same way you do, Rescue. His suspensions appear to be due to his own folly, not his dad’s. He seems to be another cocky cop who bends the rules to suit his own agenda. Maybe he saw his father get away with that kind of stuff for years and he just happens to be in a more vigilant PD. Don’t know. But, he’s gotten himself into his messes all on his own.

    I do feel for him in the role he’s had to take on regarding the children. But, I also believe his personality might be very much like Drew’s. For example, he’s had those children for over a year now. Has he allowed them to visit with either Kitty’s family or Stacy’s family?

    He’s an adult — 31 (the same age as my own son). He’s doing his daddy’s bidding rather than fighting for what’s right for those children. Teresa would be a good person to reflect on that, I’d suppose.

  45. Granny @ #54 We don’t know how much, if any, of the earliest suspensions had to do with DP. Steve might be a pushover and do whatever his father wants him to do.

    At the same time in his life, a man has to be able to stand up to his father and tell him “NO” and be responsible for his own decisions.

    Wish we could hear Teresa’s view of this. Maybe her actions will speak louder than her words.

    This is too sad!

  46. It’s more than sad; it’s a travesty. Lacy is now five. How old was she when Stacy disappeared? Two?

    At that time in her life she had regular visits with her Aunt Cass as well as all of them running back and forth between their house and the neighbor’s houses frequently. When Stacy went missing, Drew drew in the walls immediately, keeping them sequestered so that only he would have influence over them.

    They have all been living in a psychological prison since Stacy left. Steve has allowed it to continue rather than freeing the children to have more access to those outside Drew’s immediate sphere of intimidation.

    A travesty is the only thing I can think of to call it.

  47. And not only is it a travesty, I would hope that the courts would see this as another example of the controlling nature of Drew Peterson.

    Which reminds me…..Once Drew was arrested, weren’t there petitions drawn up by Cass and the Savio family to have visitation with the kids? What ever happened to their requests?

  48. Granny :And not only is it a travesty, I would hope that the courts would see this as another example of the controlling nature of Drew Peterson.
    Which reminds me…..Once Drew was arrested, weren’t there petitions drawn up by Cass and the Savio family to have visitation with the kids? What ever happened to their requests?

    IIRC, Pam Bosco was discussing this issue with an attorney. It is my understanding that they cannot do anything until DP is ‘convicted of a crime’… meanwhile, DCFS had visited the children twice and it appears that DP is in control of the kids as long as DCFS does not find that they are being abused and/or in lifethreatening danger.

    Savios have been involved in the Kathleen Savio wrongful death lawsuit. They have attorneys so I guess they are in the same situation.

    This is the last scheduled court hearing
    Will County Circuit Court Schedule
    http://willcountycircuitcourt.com/
    04P 000232 – PROBATE Estate of Kathleen Savio, Deceased
    JUNE FORD CHESTER 4 27 10 900 RVJC IN THE MATTER OF THE PROB
    PETERSON DREW 4 27 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Motions
    PETERSON KRISTOPHER 4 27 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Motions
    PETERSON THOMAS D 4 27 10 RVJC 900 04P 000232 Motions

  49. Thanks, Judgin. But it would seem to me that, as the actual custodian, Steve (and Teresa)would be able to have input with DCFS. I can’t imagine that those younger ones especially wouldn’t be asking to see Cass or other family members. It would be IN their best interests to allow them to see family members — even if DP isn’t too hot about the idea.

    If there was nothing to hide, there would be no rational reason to keep these kids locked up in Steve’s house with no access to other family members.

    IMHO, of course!

  50. Granny :Thanks, Judgin. But it would seem to me that, as the actual custodian, Steve (and Teresa)would be able to have input with DCFS. I can’t imagine that those younger ones especially wouldn’t be asking to see Cass or other family members. It would be IN their best interests to allow them to see family members — even if DP isn’t too hot about the idea.
    If there was nothing to hide, there would be no rational reason to keep these kids locked up in Steve’s house with no access to other family members.
    IMHO, of course!

    Granny, I suspect that DP and JB created a ‘Temporary Guardianship’ document that is revokable or subject to change. IIRC, DP was saying that his kids would be with his brother, Paul. We dont know what the custody terms are either.

    We don’t know if the Social Security check for the two Savio boys are going into DP’s bank account or to Stephen for the kids or how that is set up. IIRC, there is a Trust Account for the children that DP was talking about. Who knows … since we are not able to see how this is set up and the ‘divorce Auditor’ was not allowed to testify in the murder trial.

    I don’t think that Stephen would ‘cross’ DP and allow the kids to see any family members… even their Grandma Carol Brown.

    They are all gonna need a lifetime of counseling to get over this. How will they ever learn how to have any kind of healthy relationship with humans outside of their little cocoon?

  51. Granny, I think little can be done about the children now.
    I believe children were asking why they could not see their moms’ family and friends but in the course of time they were being conviced those people were acting against them and their dad. Think about the little ones meeting Sharon and Cass in the street.
    I am also very concerned about Drew threatening the kids. On the video with Thomas, Kris and Drew, Kris made impression on me that he looked much younger than he was. In fact, I had a feeling he wanted to vanish and was really scared. As long as Thomas did his homework on the above video, he rather looked as if he was taught his role by heart than really believed in what he was saying.

    Nancy (or maybe that was another reporter, sorry) was mentioning Drew’s telling the little ones during her interview at his home to be quite and if not “you know what happens to naughty children. They go upstairs!”.
    At least three adult women were afraid of Drew, so no wonder that his children may be too. They may believe Drew is coming back soon.

  52. Does Sharon still live next door? I’m sure she’s sensitive to any screaming or other signs of distress coming from their house, which is something, and their teachers probably pay extra attention to how they are. It’s heartbreaking.

    I can’t even begin to imagine what kind of pressure Kris has been under. I can only bear to think about it knowing that it will come to an end eventually when his dad is convicted. But it won’t really end until he has help with it. How dare Drew make Kris and Tom feel responsible for protecting their dad from the police, the truth. It is obvious he doesn’t love his children in the traditional way. He is defective.

    While I’m on the subject, this is another reason why I could cheerfully kick STFU Joel in the spleen, hard, for his disgusting contributions to the childrens’ misery. Any advisors of any merit whatsoever would have counselled against the TV broadcast from their sofa where they highly don’t believe dad is guilty. I was reminded of the little boy hostage being petted by Saddam. Absolute horror.

  53. Bucket asked “Does Sharon still live next door?”

    I guess that one went right by me. Is Steve taking care of the kids in DREW’s house? I just assumed the kids went to live with Steve and Teresa at their house.

    cyrhla :Granny, I think little can be done about the children now.I am also very concerned about Drew threatening the kids. On the video with Thomas, Kris and Drew, Kris made impression on me that he looked much younger than he was. In fact, I had a feeling he wanted to vanish and was really scared. As long as Thomas did his homework on the above video, he rather looked as if he was taught his role by heart than really believed in what he was saying.

    I did not see that video. Chilling…

  54. Hi Granny. I believe Steve and his wife has separated and he moved into Drew’s house, but I don’t know for certain. They may have other arrangements. Maybe someone else knows.

    Here’s the vid:

  55. Granny :

    Bucket asked “Does Sharon still live next door?”

    I guess that one went right by me. Is Steve taking care of the kids in DREW’s house? I just assumed the kids went to live with Steve and Teresa at their house.

    cyrhla :Granny, I think little can be done about the children now.I am also very concerned about Drew threatening the kids. On the video with Thomas, Kris and Drew, Kris made impression on me that he looked much younger than he was. In fact, I had a feeling he wanted to vanish and was really scared. As long as Thomas did his homework on the above video, he rather looked as if he was taught his role by heart than really believed in what he was saying.

    I did not see that video. Chilling…

    Shortly after DP was arrested, Kris and the little people went to live with Steve and his wife. Tom stayed with a neighbor/friends, the Mitchum family, in fact. Mr. Mitchum is the principal of the BB High School.

    The house was vacant, apparently, for a short time, because Walter Maksym, the attorney that’s handling the JPChase suit, had a brainstorm to rent out the house to the media so they could remotely hold their updates at that location while DP’s trial was set to go on. Remember that little gem of an idea?

    Sometime after that, Steve moved back into the BB house, and now, he’s either close to finalizing the divorce or it may be finalized.

  56. First of all, I watched that video again, and it makes me sick!

    Secondly, Brodsky’s shenanigans of enabling his client to appear on tv and allowing him to be videotaped making comments and statements, is disgusting in and of itself. But, to then turn around and ask Judge White to disallow a montage of those appearances just goes to show what a lousy lawyer he is. Now the defense doesn’t want a jury to see the defendant on tv flapping his pie hole?

    After arguing to postpone the trial, Peterson’s attorneys asked for a hearing to review a video montage of Peterson’s numerous media appearances. They want the video, which was produced by the state’s attorney’s office, examined in hopes of convincing White to delete portions before it is seen by a jury. White said he will decide this Wednesday as well.

    http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/peterson/2329816,Peterson-motion-judge-white-JO052810.article

  57. Oh, wow. Not only does Thomas seem well rehearsed (something like Stacy’s testimony about Drew’s whereabouts on the night Kathy died — the testimony where Drew sat next to her), but Chris looks absolutely miserable. You can see that he does not want to be there, and I suspect that he was forced to appear to make it look like they were a “cohesive” unit.

    That brought back a childhood memory for me.

    My mother was dating a man who beat us pretty regularly. One time he severely beat my youngest sister. A neighbor saw the bruised face, cut ear and bloodshot eyes and called DFCS. They arrived and asked to see my sister and my mother refused. They came back with a search warrant and my mother had to produce my sister.

    In between DFCS’ first visit and second, my mother took the five of us and berated us for our neighbor’s “meddling.” She said that if we admitted that my sister was hit by her boyfriend, we would all be taken to foster homes and we’d never see her again. (At THAT time, a parent was allowed to beat their child.) She begged us to say that she had hit my sister — not the boyfriend.

    When the people from DFCS came back a second time and saw my sister, they asked each of us children who hit her. All four of my siblings said my mother did it. I was the only one who said it was the boyfriend — and was beaten later by him for saying it.

    There is a lot of manipulation going on in that house. It’s evident by the faces of the children.

    God help them. They will remember. They will never forget.

    IMHO, of course.

  58. Ha! That was the same time that the defense tried to get Judge White removed from this case. Now, they’re accusing the State of delaying the trial so the judge can retire and a different judge appointed.

    Prior to the defense team arguing to delay the trial’s start, Judge White ejected the public from the courtroom to hold a secret hearing. During this secret hearing, heard by Judge Edward Burmilla, Peterson’s attorneys tried and failed to have White removed from the case, a source said.

    Please, please, please, Joel Brodsky, don’t ever leave Drew Peterson’s side and his defense. ;-)

  59. Granny, your story is heartbreakng. Though I realize there are lots of parents like your mother or Drew, it is still beyond my imagination and makes me cry.

  60. I guess, rescue, we could help ISP by preparing a list of inconsistencies and public lies produced by Brodsky and Drew. Like the one with 10-year-old Thomas Morphy’s pictures. So if he ever dared to use a word “vindictive” … ;)

  61. I thought I’d try to clear up something about Stephen Peterson, since he’s been in the news again lately.

    Notwithstanding the fact that he was suspended after taking the company car to the Grand Jury hearing relating to his father (I believe the suspension was knocked down from 8 days to 4 after an appeal), he had disciplinary actions taken against him prior to becoming the famous son. So, irregardless of whether he is the target of dismissal now, it seems his lack of discipline preceded this current situation.

    Oak Brook Police Chief Thomas Sheahan said that Stephen Peterson has disciplinary action on his record since starting with the Oak Brook PD, including an incident in April 2007 where he made a “rude comment” to a citizen after another officer’s hearing.

    Peterson was suspended for one day for that offense.

    “He’s got a couple knocks here that I wouldn’t expect any officer in Oak Brook to have,” said Sheahan. “I would expect progressive discipline to halt problems like that. But it hasn’t, and that’s why we’re here today.”

    http://www.mysuburbanlife.com/villapark/news/x1767333406?img=2

  62. cyrhla :

    I guess, rescue, we could help ISP by preparing a list of inconsistencies and public lies produced by Brodsky and Drew. Like the one with 10-year-old Thomas Morphy’s pictures. So if he ever dared to use a word “vindictive” … ;)

    Ha, ha! Yeah, isn’t that the truth. This blog and its archives of full of Brodsky and Peterson inconsistencies!

  63. cyrhla :Granny, your story is heartbreakng. Though I realize there are lots of parents like your mother or Drew, it is still beyond my imagination and makes me cry.

    Well, some childhoods are easier than others. I only used my example as a way to show how easily children can be “persuaded” to say what that parent wants them to say rather than to speak the truth as they know it to be.

    I wouldn’t give one whit of weight to Thomas’ “testimony” on that video and I strongly suspect that the child psychologists who’ve seen it would concur.

    Now….the fact that all this time later these children are not getting the outside counseling they so desperately need just makes you wonder.

  64. It’s possible that there is help through their church or school, even if only personal and unofficial. People will be looking out for them, I’m sure. ;)

  65. FYI,

    There were four search warrants but the first one, issued October 31st, mentions firearms specifically.

    TO ALL PEACE OFFICERS OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS:

    On this day, Wednesday, October 31st, 2007, Complainant-Affiant Segeant Patrick Collins of the Illinois State Police of the Illinois State Police has signed and sworn to complaint for a search warrant before me…

    …that the following described instruments, articles, and things which have been used in the commission of, or which constitute evidence of the offense of First Degree Murder (720 ILCS 5/9-1(a)(1)) of Concealment of a Homicidal Death (720 ILCS 5/9-3.1(a)) be seized, searched and forensically analyzed:

    B. Any and all instruments which may have been utilized as a weapon or restraint, including but not limited to firearms, ammunition, knives, rope, carpet, and rugs.

    https://petersonstory.wordpress.com/documents/#jj

    So, if we can take Drew’s word for it that he spent October 28 taking care of his kids and later searching for his wife near the canal. That leaves a three-day window in which to hand off the weapons he didn’t want the ISP to have. He moved very quickly, IMO, considering all he had to take care of.

    Apparently between October 29 and 31st Drew transferred hundreds of thousands of dollars and handed off illegal weapons to his son Stephen, secreted a folding gun (later transferred to informants), was given a cell phone and had a silent kitchen conversation with Mike Robinson by trading notes and then shredding them, called and then visited Tom Morphey at the hospital telling him to keep his mouth shut, asked Sharon to move his car to her driveway, had Ric Mims transfer various cases (contents unknown) to other locations, and informed Mims that he might have to use him as a hostage…

    Busy, busy busy…

  66. I would add to your list some additional activies like going to Newark (to put the stickers on his plane), parking Stacy’s car back and fro, making perfect order in his kitchen, rearranging furniture in the bedroom, and so.
    I guess you can do a lot if you get up before 6 a.m. and go to bed at 3 a.m. ;)

  67. That video was shot like within the 2 week mark of Drewa arrest, Kris looks scared out of his wits.. And going back to what I learned over the last few years, there was another interview with Tom and Kris, and ISP…and it was said to me, that Drew sat with the boys, and when they were asked a question, drew had his arms around them, and was seen digging his fingers into their shoulders.
    Letting the boys know what to say. Hw….DREW is a POS IMO

  68. Drew portrays himself to be a loving father, I was there on a Halloween night in 2008, and watch little Lacy, run the sub-division all alone, he had the screen door locked, and that little girl, pulled a chair to the doorbell, so that he let her in. Now, lets look back, how old was she? Born in Jan of 05…this was 10-31-08

  69. And as he spoke of death threats, now in a normal household, WHO lets their 3 1/2 yr old daughter run the streets on Halloween night totally unattended by an adult? Only Drew…I sat and watched it first hand, didnt hear this from a second hand party…I WAS THERE

  70. Irish, that sounds too outlandish — even for Drew. I don’t doubt you, but surely there were neighbors like Sharon as well as Cass around. If I’m not mistaken, that was a huge day — Halloween — for them all and Sharon as well as Cass had talked about how they wanted to see the kids.

    You mean to say that Lacy walked all around that neighborhood and no adults kept an eye on her? Not even her brothers were with her?

  71. Granny – It does sound outlandish because it is! Meirish is accurate in her description of that day.

    That was one year after Stacy’s disappearance. Remember, neither Sharon, nor Cass, was “allowed” to be anywhere near the children, per the supreme ruler. When he was busy playing on the computer with his Internet sex kittens, his kids were unsupervised.

    There were others that saw Lacy locked out of her house.

  72. Granny, Yes it is true. This was 1 yr after Stacy went missing, it was right after the 1 yr vigil. It was a beautiful night, and YES Lacy came to her home at 8:30 at night and was smart enough to push the chair out on the porch to the doorbell, and that is when Drew unlocked the screen door/Sharon and Cass were not allowed to be anywhere around those children. Outlandish? YES…It was sickening.

  73. That is so sad. I hope someone beats the shit out of him eventually.

    Something that really gets me about that vid above is the way that POS appears to even physically hide behind Tom, all making himself narrow and small, eyes down.Ugly loser.

  74. facsmiley :
    Thanks, Cyrhla, I caught the Robinson/Carcerano goof when I looked at AcandyRose to see exactly what Mims had said about those first few days.

    Ah! Smooth lover-boy Mike Robinson and Steverino Carcerano…I wonder how they’re doing.

  75. The eyes are the window to the soul. There are quite alot of other stories I can tell you, but it makes me want to vomit.

  76. Honestly, from what I saw that year and a half, I often question why? DCFS never stepped in.I could tell you stories that would curl your hair.

  77. I believe you, Irish. It doesn’t seem as though the children were adequately protected. I certainly remember Drew teaching his boys how to swindle online strippers.

  78. I want to say sorry to all, I just got upset when I seen that video again, DREW uses those children, and hides behind them like the coward he is.Children are a blessing to us all, how and why he has done what he has to them and their mothers, I will never get over.

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  80. Youirish, you don’t have to apologize. It must be really awful to see it right in front of you and not be able to do anything about it.

    Judgin! You star! It’s like having a genie round the place.

  81. bucketoftea :I believe you, Irish. It doesn’t seem as though the children were adequately protected. I certainly remember Drew teaching his boys how to swindle online strippers.

    WHAT? Drew taught his boys how to swindle online strippers? Surely you have evidence, as that’s quite a stunning accusation.

  82. I will try and find out where that came from. He boasted about it. I think it’s from the Ashley Files.

  83. …when it comes time to pay they are to shout “oh shit here come my parents” or similar and log off.

  84. bucketoftea :…when it comes time to pay they are to shout “oh shit here come my parents” or similar and log off.

    I remember that too… probably from Ashley..

  85. Granny :

    WHAT? Drew taught his boys how to swindle online strippers? Surely you have evidence, as that’s quite a stunning accusation.

    The evidence is Drew’s own words. No hearsay on this one… ;)

    bpd95969 (4/11/2008 1:04:35 AM): the cam girls love me im their god

    real ashley (4/11/2008 1:05:48 AM): the cam girls like your credit card buster

    bpd95969 (4/11/2008 1:06:11 AM): dont get it i have problems last minute

    real ashley (4/11/2008 1:06:41 AM): huh ? dont get it ? you have problems last minute ?

    bpd95969 (4/11/2008 1:08:11 AM): i let them work me up then they want to see me on cam so i turn it on with my 13 year old on there and have him type o no my dads home

  86. And DFCS didn’t get involved when he brags about stuff like this? What the heck is wrong with your DFCS? Ours would yank those kids out in a New York Minute!

  87. My sound for some reason isn’t working on my computer, but that’s not totally a bad thing, due to wonderful people such as yourselves, who let us know what was said. Also-watching a video such as the one w/Drewpy and his sons on the couch w/out sound, means that I am looking at body English and the language therein.
    In that video, Drew shows me nothing except that he is listening to what is being said, like a prompter at live theater. And whoever said it reminds them of his sitting next to Stacy in that interrogation, I bet you are right on.
    Irish, you break my heart. It’s bad enough to read and hear about the abuse and misuse-I cannot imagine having to watch it. Hugs to you.

  88. ***Just noticed the copyright on this blog is from 2007-2010. Does Somebody need to be watching the calendar to keep us protected?***

  89. Intimate Partner Homicide Investigation: Monday 9:00 PM EST- August 30, 2010

    Tonight Kathleen Savio’s sister Sue Savio provides insight in the life of a woman who fought for she and her children while living in a world filled with violence at the hands of a man authorized to wear a badge and carry a gun.

    To listen to the show live for Monday August 30, 2010, and participate in the chat room, the direct link for the show is HERE

    We will take your calls live. The number to call in with questions or comments is:

    The number is 347-326-9337

    http://murphymilanojournal.blogspot.com/2010/08/intimate-partner-homicide-investigation_30.html

  90. http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/plainfieldsun/news/2655710,4_1_JO31_PETERSON_S1-100831.article

    Court won’t free Peterson

    August 31, 2010

    By JOE HOSEY jhosey@stmedianetwork.com
    JOLIET — The bid to spring Drew Peterson from jail while appeals in his murder case are sorted out has failed.

    The state’s Third District Appellate Court shot down Peterson’s effort to be released and alerted his attorneys to the decision Monday.

    “This means we have to go to step two,” said Joseph “Shark” Lopez, one of the half-dozen lawyers defending Peterson against charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004. Peterson is also suspected of slaying his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, in October 2007, but has not been charged with harming that spouse.

    Step two, Lopez explained, was to take Peterson’s case to the state Supreme Court. And if Peterson does not find satisfaction there, Lopez said, he would “be going to the Federal Building” for step three.

    Lopez said the appellate court gave no explanation of its decision in its notice to Peterson’s attorneys and simply said the appeal had been denied.

    Jailed since May 2009
    Peterson has been jailed since his May 2009 arrest on the murder charge. His bond was set at $20 million, and his attorneys appealed to have it lowered soon after he was taken into custody. The appellate court rejected that appeal as well.
    Peterson was set to go to trial on the Savio murder case July 8. But on the eve of the trial’s start, State’s Attorney James Glasgow filed an appeal of Judge Stephen White’s ruling on what hearsay evidence prosecutors can use against Peterson.

    During a pretrial hearing last week, Assistant State’s Attorney Robert Lorz indicated that the appeal could drag on for another six months or more.

    Lopez insisted Peterson should be released pending the resolution of the hearsay appeal and that sitting in jail for another half year while he is presumed innocent of the murder violated his client’s rights.

    “You can’t deny a constitutional right like this,” he said. “They’re denying him a right to a speedy trial.”

    Charles B. Pelkie, the spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office, declined to comment on the appeal or the decision released Monday but did refute the notion that Peterson’s rights have been violated.

    “Drew Peterson has been charged with first-degree murder, but his constitutional rights have been scrupulously protected at every step of this process,” Pelkie said.

    Lopez didn’t think so.

    “They’ve been trampling on Drew’s constitutional rights for two years now,” he said. “I guess he’s getting used to it. It’s another travesty.”

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