Drew Peterson will remain at the Will County Adult Detention Facility awaiting his trial for murder, despite the request by his defense team to reconsider and free him.
Last month, Will County Judge Stephen White ruled that there were “compelling reasons” for keeping Peterson in custody during the process to appeal a ruling on hearsay evidence in his murder case. Those reasons remain undisclosed and the decision under seal. On Monday an appellate court upheld that decision and rejected the argument that Peterson had a constitutional right to go home.
Attorney for the defense, Joe Lopez, apparently forgetting that Peterson waived his right to a speedy trial in July 2009, told reporters: “You can’t deny a constitutional right like this. They’re denying him a right to a speedy trial.”
Drew Peterson can look forward to many more weeks filled with diversions like the surprise strip searches and handcuffed trips to court that he described in his recent ill-advised and whiny letter addressed to gossip columnist Michael Sneed.
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