Lopez suggests “maybe she had a seizure…she had her tongue between her teeth”
Atty Lopez says Savio made up staircase incident in retaliation for a battery complaint filed against her.
Lopez talks about Savio boyfriend “I don’t want to get into their sex life but you know what happened”
“We’re almost to the end ladies and gentlemen” Lopez tells jurors.
Lopez: Why did Savio sister invite DP to post-funeral luncheon if she thought he’d killed her? “Does that make any sense?”
Lopez talks about Savio’s briefcase which Savio said had all info on her, sister had it and waited yrs to give to police.
Atty Lopez tells jury that Savio sister Susan Doman has a movie, book deal pending outcome of trial.
Atty Lopez says Drew Peterson “loved his children more than he hated his ex-wife.”
Lopez shoots down testimony of Savio friend saying “she didn’t even know Kathy was divorced”
Lopez on inconsistencies: “When something like this happens, all the rats come out of the wood pile and start spewing vermin”
Lopez describes state witness Pachter as “The sex-fiend who violated court orders.”
Atty Lopez says Stacy Peterson launched a rumor campaign. When Schori didn’t act on it, she turned to Savio divorce atty Smith
Meanwhile, people grumbling that Lopez is going long …
(I’m told that on IS discussion someone has given Lopez “the gong”)
Atty Lopez mocks Stacy telling pastor that DP killed own men in Army. “Really? Does Oliver North know that?” Lopez asks.
Lopez says H. Smith was laughing in court, “talking to the water pitcher like it’s Wilson from the Castaway movie.”
Atty Lopez offers his infamous line: “Framers of the constitution would barf on this evidence.”
Judge Burmila tells Lopez he has five minutes to finish up his closing argument.
Lopez tells jury that the state could rest with out rebuttal if they wanted to – if they thought their case was strong enough.
Atty Lopez says he never got the last word w/ his mom. And he won’t get the last word in this case either, prosecutors will.
Lopez ends closing with pic of a Cheshire cat and telling jury to think of Harry Smith’s laughing face as they look at guilty verdict.
Defense done. Brief recess.
Because Lopez went long, judge says prosecutors still have another hour and five minutes to argue.
Drew Peterson sitting stock still in courtroom, showing no reaction to closings.
There’s another objection during Lopez closing arguments. Attorneys approach the bench.
“Look at the gash in the back of her head, it’s as big as the Grand Canyon. You can stick your fist in there!” Lopez says.
“Don’t you think that’d knock her out?”
Lopez pulls out portion of book that says a person can hit their head and not sustain brain injury.
Another “autopsy gone wild” reference from Lopez prompts a loud objection. The judge sustains it.
Lopez: “If she would have fallen and there was no water in that tub and she would have survived that, she definitely would have been in the hospital; she definitely would have had a lot of stitches in her head.”
DiMaio saw no evidence of injury or struggle. “He would know. He investigates war crimes,” Lopez says.
Lopez is showing slides of pictures and graphics to jurors (PowerPoint).
Lopez: Baden not reputable because his autopsy was performed with a Fox News Channel producer there. “What kind of autopsy is that?”
Prosecution objected to Lopez using a record that was not submitted into evidence.
Judge sustains prosecution’s objection. Jury returning to courtroom.
Atty Lopez says Drew didn’t go into Savio house on the night that Savio was found because a court order barred him from home.
Atty Lopez tells jurors that both neighbors and police testified there was no sign of a struggle or forced entry in the house.
“You’ll see the photographs – there’s no signs of a struggle in the bedroom, bathroom. There is nothing! Absolutely nothing!”
Lopez: Savio’s fall wouldn’t topple bottles if the carpenter installed the tub correctly.
Lopez talks about blue towel that appears in picture of scene that witnesses said wasn’t originally there. “Looks like somebody used the towel to kneel on it.”
“If somebody put that towel there it certainly wasn’t Drew Peterson because he wasn’t there!”
Lopez calls Savio’s death a “weird” 1.6-in-1 million-people accident. “People win the lottery with higher odds than that.”
Atty Lopez says everyone at death scene classified it as an accident, “except the state wants you to believe it’s murder.”
Atty Lopez says Illinois State Police didn’t know DP so they had no reason to protect him or cut him any slack.
Lopez: No one asked DP if he killed his wife because everyone could see it was an accident.
“Two of the state’s witnesses (pathologists) contradict the other…that’s not proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that’s nothing but doubt and we don’t convict people unless it’s proof beyond a reasonable doubt.”
Atty Lopez: If you think DP killed your sister “you don’t say it on Greta Van Susteren (3 yrs later) you say it right there.”
Lopez: “People slip and have household accidents all the time.”
Lopez says you don’t see blood all over the place in the bathroom because she hit her head, fell under the water and drowned
Lopez asks judge how he’s doing on time. Judge says Lopez has another hour left to argue.
Lopez says police looked for evidence of foul play at death scene and couldn’t find any.
“Is this a massive conspiracy to protect Sgt Peterson? Absolutely not. This was an accident, The science ain’t there!”
Atty Lopez asks jury if they think “Tommy Peterson” would come in here and testify on his father’s behalf if Peterson killed his mom.
Lopez talks about condom found in Savio house, about Savio boyfriend, hints that bruises were caused by sex with him.
Lopez “The state can’t place Drew anywhere in that home when Savio died.
State objects to a statement about Neil Schori and what he says Stacy told him. Lopez withdraws it.
Lopez tells jurors to think about dropping a water balloon. “Back of your head. Same thing.”
Lopez: “We put Harry Smith on the stand!.we didn’t hide him, did he say some things that hurt us, yes but we didn’t hide it”
“He wasn’t a beneficiary..the kids were. No motive” Lopez says.
Atty Lopez refers to Baden autopsy as “autopsy gone wild” in apparent wink to barred Girls Gone Wild reference.
Lopez talks about Savio boyfriend Steve, that Steve never mentioned Savio kept a knife under her bed for protection.
Atty Lopez had compared Savio’s neighborhood to the “King of the Hill” neighborhood where everyone hangs out together.
Lopez says about day of Savio’s death “Everyone’s looking for Savio” Drew didn’t call her because “it’s a holiday weekend”
Jury is exiting courtroom because of objection during Lopez’s closing arguments.
Court is in brief recess.
Jury was very attentive during closing arguments. Took a few took notes. Drew Peterson took notes and paid close attention.
Court is back in session.
“It’s been a grueling 5 weeks for all of you and we really appreciate it.”
Atty Lopez says the state’s burden of proof is “beyond a reasonable doubt, not ‘are you kidding me?'” “trials are kinda like Monopoly games, there are rules.”
Lopez compares being on a jury to being in army: “You took an oath, and if you violate that oath, that’s like going AWOL.”
Lopez says to jurors “You have to have this little voice in your head that says Sgt Peterson is innocent”
Atty Lopez reminds jury that state violated trial rules several times. Says people who don’t follow the rules are “cheaters.”
Lopez refuting Koch’s closing: “Following your common sense doesn’t mean ignoring the evidence, either.”
“The judge is very important..and you are also important cuz you’re mini judges”
Atty Lopez describes hearsay testimony as “rumor, innuendo and water cooler talk.”
Lopez tells jurors “we know how hard that is” to avoid media reports “and we appreciate it”
“People say things because they’re mad, they want the advantage, they want sympathy from other people. They’ll blow their horn, and blow it until somebody sympathizes with them. It’s the same on both sides; there’s no such thing as a divorce without tears. But the State hasn’t proven anything in this case; this case is riddled with holes, like a piece of Swiss cheese . . . it’s all speculation. Speculation. You just heard Mr. Koch tell you he drowned her in the tub. How did he get in the house? How did he restrain her? . . . they can’t even prove how it happened. It’s speculation”
“You don’t have to like Sgt. Peterson. You’ve got to like America; in America we don’t convict people on speculation!”
Lopez says he will define “hearsay.” Then he can’t find the definition.
Lopez on reasonable doubt: “it’s something you feel in your heart.”
Lopez says state didn’t say when Savio died. “Was it daylight? Was it dark out? Were the dogs barking? None of that.”
Today the defense and prosecution attorneys will deliver their closing arguments to the jury.
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