But a few hardy souls are getting up early and standing in line for a chance to sit in on this historic trial. Unlike the press in the overflow room, they aren’t allowed to carry in cell phones and laptops so, like the jurors, their only take-aways are the hand-written notes they’ve made and their first-hand impressions from seeing and hearing the proceedings play out in person.
I noticed that Twitter follower, Sas (@sasscatgal1), had attended court on Friday and I asked her to pull together her impressions of the day, because I think other people would be interested in reading what it’s like to experience the proceedings in person. These are her own musings on the day, what she saw and how she feels:
Observations from a court room
Drew Peterson: Felony (that’s what it said on the door)
I was alternative number 34, and I was ushered into a shoebox of a room for the first half of the hearing. I was to be tucked up in the back of the court room.
From my vantage point I could see Christine Cornell setting up her charcoal pictures. Then I saw him. Well, the back of his head. Drew Peterson was sitting there. From the back I couldn’t see facial expressions but I saw his body language.
If I peered round the corner I saw Beth Karas, Pam Bosco, Joe Hosey and a few other media persons.
(Attorney Steven) Greenberg was introducing his son to everyone (I think it was his son).
Then the jury walked in. My first impression of the jury was they were normal people–they looked around. Pad and pencils were ready.
The doctor (forensic pathologist, Larry Blum) walked in and he was a character. He kept unhinging the defense–like the defense asking him a question and him shooting back, “I don’t know. Do you?” Things like that. You could tell he wasn’t gonna let the defense get the best of him.
I watched the jury. Every time the prosecution would be up they were writing and when the defense was up they would put their pens down.
There were so many objections…sustaineds…I lost count and gave up and as for side bars, well the jury was getting a work out. I have never seen anything like it before in my life.
The Judge seemed to be writing something. As they objected he’d throw out a “sustained” or “overruled”. It was like he wasn’t even listening. And when it came to Stacy you could just feel the bias coming out. Especially when he was dealing with Glasgow.
I watched the defense very carefully, and out of all of them I’d say Greenberg was on the ball. In the beginning Greenberg was snappy with Joel Brodsky. “Ooh”, I thought. A tiff perhaps? Then as the day rolled on it was evident that he didn’t like Joel’s waffling. Joel looked like he was half asleep when he approached the judge and he’d mumble on. He looked like he just didn’t want to be there. Tired? Maybe…
Then there was the prosecution. It seemed to me that (Will County State’s Attorney) Glasgow is taking the load of the hearsay evidence. WHAT a screw up with the dates–but what’s in a date (as someone said to me)? Any mention of Stacy and BAM it’s shut down .
I kept whispering, “Come on Stacy, walk through that door.” I was so pissed that she didn’t.
For the second half I sat in the reporter’s side. I was surrounded with Beth Karas, Joe Hosey and a few others, plus Pam Bosco was right in front of me. Now, from this side I got a full view of Drew.
He walked through the door shackled, joking as per usual. I kept staring ’cause his nose was so big but I guess that’s because he shaved his mustache off. They undid his shackles. He stood up, (he’s put on a lot of weight ’round his middle) and walked towards the desk–one guard in front of him and one back of him. He put on his tie and belt. The second guard was glaring at him–didn’t move till he sat down.
He then looked around the court room. The lady beside me said “Watch him stare round the court room.” To my surprise he was waiting to catch someone’s eyes. I glared at him as he looked round. His eyes settled on Beth Karas who was in the seat one down from me.
Then court was in session again. Jury pulled in. (Stacy Peterson’s friend, Scott) Rossetto answered two questions then BAM out went the jury and out went the witness. Greenberg got up and in a loud booming voice started yelling about dates–for the second time in the day. One of the prosecution got up and started arguing. Then Glasgow got up and tried to clear it all up. But the judge wasn’t having it.
Witness denied testifying. Next witness. I was gonna scream! Will Stacy ever have her say? Will she get her day in court?
So when the jury came back Rossetto was gone and the insurance guy (Joseph Steadman) was up. Wonder what the jury thought of that? Then the young lady that was staying with Drew and Stacy (Jennifer Schoon) was testifying. Brodsky was trying to impeach her testimony. When it was done court was adjourned but I stayed to hear arguments.
So I wonder if Stacy will ever walk through the court or will she be shut down?
The prosecution needs to know we’re behind him (Glasgow) 100%, and not to get worn down–to keep going. Stacy will have her day.
Have you sat in during the trial as a court room observer? If you would like to share your experience here on the blog shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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