Drew Peterson Update: Gossip, Rumors and Innuendo

It’s been a while since there’s been any big news to report about the Peterson cases but that doesn’t mean nothing has been going on recently.

This summer there have been a few filings in the Savio’s wrongful death suit against Drew. Attorneys will be back in court on September 26 for Judge Power’s decision on the Savio’s motion for a summary judgement.

In August, prosecutors filed a motion requesting that Steve Greenberg step down from Peterson’s appellate team, claiming that the libel suit brought against Greenberg by Peterson’s ex-counsel, Joel Brodsky, created a conflict of interest for Greenberg. At the time of the filing Greenberg called the claim “absurd”.

Yesterday, Greenberg tweeted that Brodsky had withdrawn the libel complaint because he “didn’t comply with the rules (no surprise) and didn’t state a cause of action”. Greenberg went on to tweet that Brodsky has said he is going to re-file but needs to find an attorney to represent him.

brodsky-drew-kissMeanwhile, Joel Brodsky has shared the contents of some of his letters from Drew Peterson with a local Fox affiliate. He claims to have received nine letters from Peterson and made public a few excerpts from letters he received in March and April (Peterson began his prison sentence in February). The excerpts were complaints about the discomfort of prison life, and worries for his safety. This is consistent with the kind of letters Peterson wrote while in jail while awaiting trial, which he sent to the Sun-Times and other media outlets.

While public response to Peterson’s complaints has been overwhelmingly negative, his defense team questions Joel Brodsky’s decision to share any of the correspondence which was labelled as “legal mail” on the envelopes. In a Facebook comment, Steve Greenberg wrote, “Communications r fine. But keep em private. Don’t read them to a reporter” and Brodsky’s former law partner, Reem Odeh, wrote, “Are you serious? It’s all about integrity and the best interest of your client, respect for the law, justice system and integrity of your practice.”

Attorney Reem Odeh

Attorney Reem Odeh

Speaking of Reem Odeh, has Joel Brodsky really taken to Twitter to insinuate that she has ties to Nidal Hasad, the Fort Hood shooter? “Did you know that Hasan comes from the same village in West Bank as Reem Odeh, the former Drew Peterson atty. Distant cousins” he tweeted. “Odeh’s mother went to Hasan’s mothers home on the day of the shootings to express her sympathy and support. I was shocked.”

As for Peterson, it would appear that he has begun to adjust better to prison life since those April letters. More recently, his correspondents have been reporting that Peterson has started to make use of his popularity as a pen-pal to help out his fellow prisoners by sharing lists of inmates who would like pen-pals and to inquire about correspondence courses.

Cassandra Cales

Cassandra Cales

Lastly, rumor has it that Cassandra Cales, sister of missing Stacy Peterson, has just returned from New York, where she consulted a celebrity medium, possibly to be aired as part of a reality show on TLC.

An appeal of Drew Peterson’s conviction is expected to be filed within the next 30 days.

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21 thoughts on “Drew Peterson Update: Gossip, Rumors and Innuendo

  1. Once again Brodsky shows what a pathetic excuse for a man he is. It kills him that Reem Odeh walked away from his practice in order to save her reputation.

    What’s the worst dirt he can find on her? That she’s a distant cousin to a murderer. So what? That Reem’s mother would comfort Hasan’s mother shows compassion — something Brodsky can’t comprehend.

  2. You know, a long time ago I heard that Joel had reported Reem Odeh to homeland security, and I never took it too seriously because it seemed so ridiculous.

    But now that I saw that tweet, I guess it’s within the realm of possibility.

  3. Plainfield Man Guilty of Murdering Girlfriend’s Baby Boy
    A jury took two hours to find a Plainfield man guilty of murdering his girlfriend’s baby.
    Posted by Joseph Hosey (Editor) , September 24, 2013 at 04:08 PM

    …Sitko admitted on the stand to carrying on sexually with Loza for three months after her son’s death. She explained that she kept having sex with Loza in an attempt to find out how Kevion died.

    Defense attorney Joseph “Shark” Lopez mocked that contention in his closing argument, saying, “I’m going to crack the case by having sex with Santos.”
    “Are you kidding me?” Lopez scoffed. “Really?”

    http://plainfield.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/plainfield-man-guilty-of-murdering-girlfriends-baby-boy_3ccea50d

  4. Joe Shark loses another one…

    State’s Attorney press release:

    Joliet man guilty of beating 9-month-old child to death in 2008

    JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced that a jury on Tuesday found a Joliet man guilty of beating to death his girlfriend’s 9-month-old baby in 2008.

    The jury deliberated for two hours before finding Santos Loza Jr., 33, guilty of first-degree murder for beating Kevion Bender to death on Oct. 26, 2008. He faces 20 to 100 years in prison when he is sentenced. His next status hearing is Dec. 4.

  5. Update on the motion for a summary judgement in the wrongful death suit:

    Status
    Plaintiff present by Attorney Michael Rothman.
    Defendant Carroll present by Attorney Edmund Boland.
    Cause comes on for Court’s ruling on Plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment and Defendant Carroll’s motion for summary judgment.
    Cross motions are denied.
    Matter continued for status. Parties are requested to advise the Court regarding Fifth Amendment issues regarding Defendant Drew Peterson.

  6. Stacy Peterson’s former pastor to speak at ‘Take Back the Night’ event
    BY DENISE M. BARAN-UNLAND Correspondent September 27, 2013 12:24PM

    When the Rev. Neil Schori, former pastor for Westbrook Christian Church in Bolingbrook, approached police and told them a missing woman named Stacy Peterson had confided that she was a victim of domestic abuse, Schori learned that the information was considered “hearsay” evidence.

    That irked Schori, now pastor at Naperville Christian Church, especially since he considers domestic abuse a pandemic. In similar circumstances now, he has some victims fill out affidavits and make videos of their allegations, in case something happens to them.

    Schori will be the keynote speaker at the Will County Take Back the Night event Thursday in Joliet….

    What: Will County Take Back the Night

    When: 5:30 p.m. Oct. 3

    Where: First Assembly of God, 1741 Essington Road, Joliet

    Featured speaker: Pastor Neil Schori, key witness in Drew Peterson trial

    Etc: Please bring nonperishable food items, paper goods and/or grocery store and gas station gift cards as donations to domestic violence shelters.

    Information: Visit http://www.WillTBTN.com and http://www.facebook.com/WillTBTN.

  7. As noted above:

    A Will County judge has denied motions that could have closed the wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Kathleen Savio against imprisoned former Bolingbrook police sergeant Drew Peterson.

    Circuit Court Judge Michael Powers denied the motions for summary judgement — which is a decision by the judge without a trial — that were filed by the attorney for the estate of Savio, Peterson’s third wife, and by Peterson’s attorney. Powers set an Oct. 24 status hearing on the lawsuit….

    http://heraldnews.suntimes.com/news/22890810-418/judge-continues-wrongful-death-suit-vs-peterson.html

  8. Via Facebook:

    Sue Savio

    October is Domestic Violence month. I am so proud of the out come on Kathleen Savio Scholarship Fund ! I was there last saturday and made a comment on Domestic Violence and Kathleen Story. She will for ever be in the familys heart !! Her life will be told on further helping others to achive there goal on education. Kathleen voice will always be heard! She was an amazing sister, aunt etc. Please consider giving a Donation to her scholarship fund. It is with Harbor House in Kankakee. Its a wonderful shelter for women in a Domestic Abuse. Any Amount is truely gratful !!! And special thank you to my second family Zonta International for making this all happen
    Any Amount would be great

    The Kathleen Savio SYD Scholarship Fund
    Zonta Club of Kankakee
    Po Box 1998
    Kankakee, Il. 60901

    And Thank You all!

    http://zontasaysno.com/page/3/

  9. In this clip from 2008, Joel Brodsky brings up the issue of Peterson’s 5th amendment rights which he is trying to invoke in the wrongful death suit. If Judge Powers decides against him, he may have to testify at trial – something he chose not to do during his trial for murder.

  10. Two sets of remains found today: First a skull found by construction workers in Joliet.

    A human skull was found Thursday afternoon by surveyors working near Jackson Creek, the Will County coroner’s office has confirmed.

    The Will County Sheriff’s Office is on the scene today continuing the search for other remains, Deputy Coroner Bob Brenczewski said.

    The skull was found under a bridge at Rowell Avenue, about a half-mile south of Arsenal Road.

    It is impossible to know how long the skull might have been there until forensic anthropologists examine it, Brenczewski said.

    http://joliet.patch.com/groups/police-and-fire/p/human-skull-found-in-creek-off-rowell-road-coroner

    The Will County Sheriff’s Office has set up its major incident command center at the scene.

    Sources said it appears the skull appeared to have been in the water for up to a year.

    A forensic anthropologist has been called in to help identify the remains, but there was no indication that the skull belonged to Bolingbrook resident Stacy Peterson, who has been missing since 2007.

    http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/11/skull-found-in-creek-near-joliet/?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.UlgjIhD5iPE.twitter

  11. And secondly, a female body found in a plastic container in River Forest:

    Chicago police are conducting a death investigation after a female body was found inside a plastic container at a forest preserve in west suburban River Forest, police said.

    A spokesman for the Cook County medical examiner’s office said that human remains were found at 8100 Chicago Avenue in River Forest and that an autopsy is being performed on the remains this morning. No age or gender is available. The Thatcher Woods Forest Preserve, part of the Forest Preserve District of Cook County, is located along the Des Plaines River between Thatcher and 1st avenues. That portion of Chicago Avenue travels through the forest preserve.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/oak_park_river_forest_forest_park/chi-human-remains-river-forest-thatcher-woods-20131011,0,2741577.story

    The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office says remains found in Thatcher Woods Thursday are that of a white female.

    An autopsy determined she died from multiple combined stab and incised wounds. Her death has been ruled a homicide.

    http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=9283525

    The female whose body was found inside a plastic container at a forest preserve in west suburban River Forest was stabbed to death, officials said.

    After an autopsy today, the Cook County medical examiner’s office ruled the death a homicide and listed the cause of death as multiple combined stab and incise wounds. A medical examiner spokesman said that the victim was a female, but no age, name or address was available. The remains had been found at 8100 Chicago Avenue in River Forest, a spokesman said.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/suburbs/oak_park_river_forest_forest_park/chi-human-remains-river-forest-thatcher-woods-20131011,0,2741577.story

    I would say this rules out Stacy Peterson, Lisa Stebic or any other person who was not a recent victim of homicide.

    Update: Sad ending to this, but at least charges.

    A 19-year-old Humboldt Park neighborhood man was charged Friday night with killing the mother of his child and hiding her body in a plastic container in a forest preserve in River Forest, police said.

    Justino Correa, of the 1000 block of North Richmond Street, was charged with first-degree murder and concealing a homicide, police said. Correa is expected to appear in court Saturday.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-police-charges-filed-after-females-body-found-in-forest-preserve-20131011,0,2219404.story?track=rss

  12. Joliet investigators were back on the scene Sunday in search for human remains after a skull was found in unincorporated Will County.

    Surveyors discovered the human skull in a creek under a bridge on Rowell Avenue on Thursday.

    Sheriff’s police had cadaver dogs searching for other remains on Friday, but no more were found.

    A forensic anthropologist will have to figure out the age and gender because the teeth are missing.

    Investigators think the skull was in the creek for a while and was exposed when the water level dropped.

    They say there is illegal dumping in the area and that the skull could have come from a medical school nearby.

    http://wgntv.com/2013/10/14/search-for-human-remains-continues-after-skull-found-in-joliet/

  13. *Pre-Registration Ended as of 12:00am on 10/19/2013. You may register at the “Register Now” Table Onsite at the Event.

    Angels Against Abuse
    5th Annual 5k Walk & Run

    Date & Time:

    Saturday October 19, 2013

    8:00am – Registration Begins

    8:45am – Opening Remarks

    9:15am – 5K Walk/Run Begins

    Location:

    Towne Center Park (1 mile west of River Road)

    One Towne Center Blvd. Shorewood, IL 60404

    *This event is all ages and pet-friendly: Kids and Pets encouraged to attend!

    Please partner with us by becoming a sponsor of this year’s 5K Walk and Run. Contact Cheryl Pristas at 815-729-0930 ext. 429 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities.

    Last Year Groundwork Provided….

    -3,240 people with domestic violence services.

    -8,694 nights of shelter.

    -24,343 meals served to shelter clients.

    -15,683 direct service hours.

    -10,809 hotline calls.

    Last year Suzy’s Caring Place Provided…..

    -38 women and children with transitional living assistance.

    http://fundly.com/angels-against-abuse-5k-walk-run-2013-angels-for-stacy

  14. FYI, If you wanted to donate to the Angels Against Abuse walk and missed it, it’s still not too late to donate.

    Donations will be accepted throughout November.

    You can donate under Stacy’s name or to any of the other teams, or just donate!

  15. Court Today (Wrongful death suit):

    10/24/2013 DV – Status
    Plaintiff present by Attorney Mike Rothmann.
    Defendant Peterson present by Attorney John Heiderscheidt. Defendant Carroll present by Attorney Edmund Boland.
    Cause comes on for status regarding fifth amendment issues.
    Case is stayed pending appeal.
    Matter continued for status on criminal appeal.

    Next court date: 04/22/2014

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