Drew Peterson transferred to federal facility in Indiana

 Drew Peterson, AKA  No. 07018-748

Drew Peterson, AKA No. 07018-748

UPDATE 3/10/17: The Chicago Tribune has unearthed the official reason for Peterson’s transfer. “Offender Peterson is a threat to safety and security of the department and therefore an Interstate Corrections Compact Agreement transfer is being initiated by IDOC,” the agency’s acting manager, Doug Stephens, wrote in a letter to the agency’s director.
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On Tuesday, and with no public explanation, Drew Peterson was transferred from the Menard Correctional Center in Chester to the Terre Haute Federal Correctional Institution in Indiana.

His attorney, Steve Greenberg, stated that he has been given no explanation for why Peterson was transferred but pointed out that the facility would most likely be more comfortable and safer for Peterson.

He is still technically in IDOC custody.

Yesterday, the case file for Peterson’s latest murder-for-hire conviction was updated with a full history:

2015CF26  D-1  PETERSON, DREW M35067
 

*The following changes were made to the case history:

Case History

Changed	Date	Entry	Judge

Entered Under:
 modification 	 02/25/2016 	    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file. Order Granting Defense Request to File Orders Under Seal on file. Order on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 02/25/2016 	    Petition for Expert Fees on file. Proof of Service on file. Notice of Hearing on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 02/29/2016 	    Defendant appears from DOC. Case mgt conf set for 04/01/2016 at 9:00 in courtroom 2. Possible Motion to be made. Order on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 02/29/2016 	    Petition for Rule to Show Cause on fiele.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 03/08/2016 	    Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher	  RAB  
 modification 	 03/30/2016 	    Summons returned showing service. (Sangamon County Sheriff)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 03/30/2016 	    Order on file. (fee to be paid to Stutchman Forensic Lab)	  RAB  
 modification 	 04/01/2016 	    People's Discovery Answer on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 04/01/2016 	    Defendant appears from jail; April 22, 2016 motion hearing contingent on April 18, 2016 trial status. Order on file. (motion hearings set April 22, 2016)	  RAB  
 addition 	 04/04/2016 	    Summons returned showing service. (Sangamon County Sheriff)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 04/14/2016 	    Petition for Expert Fees on file. Order Granting Defense Request to File Orders Under Seal on file. Petition to Approve Retention and Funding on file. Notice of Hearing on file. (5-2-16, 2pm) Proof of Service on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 04/18/2016 	    Order on file. (Grants motion to approve retention and funding) Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 04/19/2016 	    Subpoena issued. (Kevin Sehlke)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 04/22/2016 	    Reply to People's Motion to Clarify the Court's October 23, 2015 Orders Regarding Relevant Evidence on file. Motion to Suppress on file. People's Motion in Limine to Preclude Certain Character Evidence on file. People's Motion to Clarify the Court's October 23, 2015 Orders Regarding Relevant Evidence and to Compel All Statements the Defense Seeks to Introduce at Trail on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 04/22/2016 	    Defendant appears with Attorney Lucas Liefer; motion hearing held; State is entitled to any summary statements on all oral conversations of who will testify; Attorney Liefer is ordered to give more information as to what will be testified; Order on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 04/29/2016 	    Case mgt conf set for 05/13/2016 at 9:00 in courtroom 2. Jury trial reset to 05/23/2016 at 9:00 in courtroom 2.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 05/02/2016 	    Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 modification 	 05/02/2016 	    Subpoena issued. (James Glascow) Subpoena issued. (Kevin McCarthy) Subpoena issued. (Brian Clark) Subpoena issued. (Ron Bratcher) Subpoena issued. (Major Dunn) Subpoena issued. (Kim Butler) Subpoena issued. (Kevin Reichert) Subpoena issued. (C/O Dillingham, MCC) Subpoena issued. (Kevin Verble) Subpoena issued. (Barb Marcinkowski) Subpoena issued. (C/O Anthony, MCC) Subpoena issued. (C/O Spiller, MCC) Subpoena issued. (Karen Moser)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 05/03/2016 	    Order on file. Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/05/2016 	    Subpoena issued. (Dawn Marcinkowski)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 05/11/2016 	    Petition for Fees on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 05/12/2016 	    Motion to Compel on file. Subpoena issued. (Louis Silich) Subpoena returned showing service. (C/O Dillingham, MCC) Subpoena issued. (Hugh Williamson) Subpoena issued. (James Glasgow)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 05/13/2016 	    Defendant present with Attorney Lucas Liefer; Defendant's motion to compel is granted in so far as State's Attorney try to obtain that information from the Penal Institution; continued to 5-19-16, 10am. Order on file. Subpoena issued. (Chris Burke)	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/16/2016 	    Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued.	  GG  
 addition 	 05/16/2016 	    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/17/2016 	    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file. Order on file.	  RAB  
 modification 	 05/17/2016 	    Petition for Fees on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 05/19/2016 	    Subpoena issued. (Bryan Kruder) Order on file. Order on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 05/20/2016 	    Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Atty Walker, Atty Nate, Atty Elward appears for State; Def appears with Atty Liefer; jury selection commences; jury picked at 3:50 p.m. ordered to report for trial 5-23-16, at 9 a.m.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/23/2016 	    Court resumes with jury trial; Atty Walker; Atty Nate; Atty Elward appears for State; Def appears with Atty Liefer; jury trial held; court recessed 4:30 p.m. IPI Criminal 4th No. 3.20 read to jury by Judge Brown.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/24/2016 	    Court resumes with jury trial; Atty Walker; Atty Nate, Atty Elward present for State; Def appears with Atty Liefer; jury trial resumes; Court recesses until 4-25-16. Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/25/2016 	    Court resumes with jury trial; Atty Walker; Atty Nate; Atty Elward present for State; Def appears with Atty Liefer; jury trial resumes; Court resecess until 5-26-16.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/25/2016 	    Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued. Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued.	  GG  
 addition 	 05/26/2016 	    Court resumes; Atty Walker; Atty Nate; Atty Elward appears for State; Def appears with Atty Liefer; jury trial resumes; State's oral motion to bar inmate Shelly McCree granted; Stipulation on file (group Ex 14); Stipultation on file (Pl Ex #'s 20,24,31,33 & top of 34); Court recesses until 5-27-16. Court resumes; Atty Walker; Atty Nate; Atty Elward for State; Def present with Atty Liefer; jury trial resumes; State's oral Motion for Direceted Verdict denied; Def made an offer of proof of what inmate Shelly McCree would say; Def oral motion to bar Warden Butler's testimony on rebuttal granted; State rested; parties stipulate that ppl group ex 14 will be published to the jury; Def rests.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/27/2016 	    Stipulation on file. Stipulation on file.	  RAB  
 modification 	 05/31/2016 	    Jury Trial resumes; Atty Walker, Atty Nate; Atty Elward present for State; Def present with Atty Liefer; case given to jury at 11:45 a.m.; jury returns a guilty verdict at 12:58 p.m.; sentencing set 7-26-16 at 1 p.m. Count II will merge with Count I.	  RAB  
 addition 	 05/31/2016 	    Jury Instructions on file. Guilty verdict forms on file for each charge. List of Exhibits on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 06/02/2016 	    Docket Minutes on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 06/03/2016 	    Order on file. (sentencing)	  RAB  
 modification 	 06/09/2016 	    Petition for Fees on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 06/30/2016 	    Motion for Judgment Notwithstanding Verdict or, Alternatively, for a New Trial on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 07/14/2016 	    Notice of Presentment of Motion for Leave to Withdraw on file. Motion to Withdraw on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 07/18/2016 	    Order on file. (writ for 7-29-16)	  RAB  
 addition 	 07/19/2016 	    Presentence Investigation on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 07/21/2016 	    Petition for Fees on file. Notice of Hearing on file. (8-25-16, 2pm)	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 07/22/2016 	    Proof of Service on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 07/25/2016 	    Letter from the Defendant on file. Judge reviewed the letter.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 07/26/2016 	    Writ of Habeas Corpus Ad Prosequendum issued.	  RAB  
 addition 	 07/29/2016 	    Defendant appears from DOC with counsel Lucas Liefer. Defendant makes a Motion for a new Attorney and that is Denied. Attorney Liefer makes a Motion to Withrawl and that is Denied. Attorney Liefer makes a Motion for New Trial and that is Denied and all rulings will stand. New Judgment Motion is Denied. PSI is admitted for Sentencing Hearing. Mr. Glasgow makes a Victim Impact Statement. Defendant is sentenced to DOC for 40 years, 3 years of Supervision upon his release and Court Costs are waived; Count II is merged with Count I. Attorney Liefer requests that the Circuit Clerks Office file a Notice of Appeal with the Appellate Court and the Appellate Defender be appointed. Judgment-Sentence to IL DOC on file. Amended Judgment-Sentence to IL DOC on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 08/01/2016 	    Statement of Facts on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 08/25/2016 	    Attorney Liefer present; 2 representatives from the Chief Legal Counsel present; motion for payment of fees heard; motion granted. Order on file.(payment granted to Kevin McClain Investigations) Order on file.(payment granted to Attorney Liefer)	  RAB  
 addition 	 08/26/2016 	    Motion to Reconsider Sentence on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 09/15/2016 	    Report of Proceedings on file. (August 25, 2016)	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 09/26/2016 	    Motion to Vacate on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 09/27/2016 	    Amended Motion to Vacate on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 10/03/2016 	    Order on file.	  RAB  
 modification 	 11/10/2016 	    Petition for Expert Fees on file. Petition for Rule to Show Cause on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 12/13/2016 	    Judge review set for 04/18/2017 at 9:00 in courtroom 2.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 12/15/2016 	    Order on file. (notice of appeal and appointment of counsel to be prepared)	  RAB  
 modification 	 12/16/2016 	    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  
 modification 	 12/16/2016 	    Report of Proceedings on file. (2-9-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (3-3-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (3-3-15) (closed proceedings) Report of Proceedings on file. (7-7-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (8-18-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (9-1-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (9-1-15) (closed proceedings) Report of Proceedings on file. (9-29-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (1-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (2-8-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (2-29-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (4-1-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (4-22-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-13-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-22-15)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 12/19/2016 	    Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file. Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file	  RAB  
 modification 	 12/19/2016 	    Report of Proceedings on file. (4-14-15) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-19-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (7-29-16)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 12/20/2016 	    Notice of Appeal on file. Notice of Filing Notice of Appeal on file. Certificate of Mailing on file. Certificate of Mailing on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 12/20/2016 	    Appointment of Counsel on Appeal on file.	  RAB  
 addition 	 12/23/2016 	    Letter from Appellate Court on file. (appellate ct. #5-16-0541) Certified mail receipt returned. Certified mail receipt returned.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 01/03/2017 	    Letter from Appellate Defender on file. Amended Notice of Appeal on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 01/04/2017 	    Certificate of Mailing on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 01/05/2017 	    Letter from Appellate Defender on file.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 01/09/2017 	    Certified mail receipt returned.	  UNASSIGNED  
 modification 	 01/18/2017 	    Report of Proceedings on file. (5-20-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-23-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-24-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-25-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-26-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-27-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (5-31-16) Report of Proceedings on file. (8-25-16)	  UNASSIGNED  
 addition 	 01/19/2017 	    Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.	  RAB  

Read: Drew Peterson’s petition to get his pension returned

On August 2, Drew Peterson’s attorney, Steve Greenberg, filed a petition for an administrative review of the revocation of his police pension which was revoked in June, after his conviction for the solicitation of the murder of States Attorney James Glasgow.

The petition claims that Peterson’s annual $79k was unlawfully revoked because his 2012 murder conviction was not related to and did not arise out of his “service as a police officer”.

In November 2007, after the disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson, the Bolingbrook Chief of Police wanted to fire him but Mayor Claar overruled the decision and let Peterson retire with full pension, which has been being used to raise Stacy Peterson’s two children, Anthony and Lacy.

Recently released covert tapes of Peterson’s conversations with a prison snitch revealed Peterson stating that Bolingbrook Mayor, Roger Claar, “Saved my pension.”

saved-pension

The matter of Peterson’s pension has been under review by the Bolingbrook Police Police Pension Fund board since his 2012 conviction for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. I find it interesting that only after the tapes and transcripts were made public was Peterson’s pension finally revoked.

Exhibit “A” to the petition is the board’s decision and order to strip Peterson of his pension and it outlines the legal reasons and arguments for doing so.

Drew Peterson sentenced to 40 years for arranging hit on prosecutor

UPDATE 2:36: Drew Peterson was sentenced to 40 years.

Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

In a 20-minute address to the judge, Peterson continued his complaints against his attorney. Peterson contended he never truly intended to carry out a plot to kill Glasgow but rather was setting up a scam so his fellow inmate could rat out Peterson and get a reduced sentence. Peterson contended that his attorney failed to call up to 16 fellow inmates at trial who could have testified about the scam.

Peterson also said during his statement to the court that he has been suicidal while behind bars.

On Friday, closing his remarks, Peterson looked over toward Glasgow in the courtroom and said, “I never did try to have you killed. You can think what you want.”

Outside the courtroom, Glasgow said he was not persuaded by the words of a man he called “a patronizing con man.”
“He’s deluded,” Glasgow said.

According to the Chicago Tribune:

On Friday, Peterson said he knew he was being recorded the whole time and his words were all part of a scam to help Smith bring the evidence to authorities to get Smith a reduced sentence.

Clad in a ruffled white button-down shirt, black pants and white Nike basketball shoes, Peterson claimed several other inmates were aware of the plan as well. Peterson said at the time of the recordings, over several weeks during November 2014, he was suicidal and didn’t believe he would live to see the scam come to fruition.

Also,

Peterson showed no reaction as Brown handed down the sentence. As he left the courtroom, Peterson said something quietly to Cassandra Cales, the sister of Peterson’s missing fourth wife, Stacy.

Cales, who was seated in the gallery, responded to Peterson: “You killed Stacy.”

Reporter Andy Grimm heard the comment a little differently:

“Give up my sister then kill yourself.”

Judge Brown denied a motion for Peterson to get a new attorney, and also denied a motion for a new trial.

State’s Attorney Glasgow Statement on Drew Peterson Sentence

Drew Peterson was convicted in Randolph County earlier this year of the solicitation for hire of my murder. The sentence handed down today by Judge Richard Brown sends a clear message that convicted criminals will be punished severely if they attempt to take revenge on the prosecutors who have placed them behind bars for their crimes.

While I was the target in this case, it is important to note that this crime is not about me. It is about every State’s Attorney and every Assistant State’s Attorney who takes on the important role of prosecuting criminals and protecting our citizens. This was not merely a threat to one prosecutor. It was an attack on our entire criminal justice system by a notorious murderer who always felt he could act outside and above the law. Prosecutors across our state must have assurances that they are safe once these criminal enterprises are uncovered.

Once again I extend my heartfelt thanks to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan for accepting this case for prosecution and to Assistant Attorneys General Steve Nate and Bill Elward who worked alongside Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker to secure a guilty verdict and significant sentence. The Illinois Department of Corrections was critical to the execution of the overhears, and the FBI provided the cutting-edge technology that made these recordings possible. Thank you all for protecting the integrity of our criminal justice system.

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At 1:00 today Drew Peterson will be in court to be sentenced for his solicitation of murder conviction.

His intended target, State’s Attorney James Glasgow, will make a victim’s impact statement and Peterson may also speak.

Peterson is already serving a 38 year sentence for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, which would have kept him behind bars until the age of 92.

The new sentence could add at least 35 years to his earlier sentence which he has been serving at Menard Correctional Facility in Chester, Illinois.

Peterson recently wrote a letter to Judge Richard Brown, complaining about this representation by his court-appointed defender, Lucas Liefer.

Last week a motion for leave to withdraw was filed for Peterson’s case so it remains to see who will be sitting next to Peterson in court today.

I will update this post later today with news as I hear it. Randolph county does not allow cameras, lap tops or phones in the courtroom and today there is no overflow room available to reporters, so live tweets will not be available. Please check the comment thread for current updates.

In the meantime, Drew can look forward to a continued lifetime of writing letters to women from behind bars, offering signed photos of himself (but not of his kids or wives) and begging for bikini pics of them and their (female) friends.

Drew Peterson letter and photo

Listen: secretly recorded Drew Peterson prison conversations

Yesterday the secretly recorded conversations between Drew Peterson and prison snitch Antonio Smith were made public.

The hours of recordings were played in court last month during Peterson’s trial for solicitation of murder and helped the jurors decide to convict Peterson of attempting to put out a hit on State’s Attorney James Glasgow.

Glasgow was the lead prosecutor in Drew Peterson’s 2012 trial for the murder of Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Here are some clips.

Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 6 – GUILTY

Update: 12:45
The jury has reached a verdict. Just waiting on Judge Brown to return to the courtroom.

And the Verdict is…GUILTY on both counts of solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire.

One count carries a mandatory sentence of at least 20 years. The other at least 15 so he’ll get an addition 35 years minimum.

Sentencing will take place July 26.

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Today is the last day of Peterson’s trial for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow, while incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois.

This morning the prosecution has presented their argument to the jury and now it is the turn of the defense.

Have you taken a look yet at the complete transcripts of the conversations between Drew Peterson and fellow inmate Antonio “Beast” Smith recorded secretly between Nov. 13-29, 2014?

I will update this blog post throughout the morning with information gathered via Twitter and various other sources. To see the latest updates, refresh your page often.

Please check out the links to these hard working journalists at the bottom of this page.

10:40

10:43 a.m. Back in session. Defense attorney Lucas Liefer up next.

Liefer: “It would have been nice to be prosecutors in this case.”

Liefer begins argument by fantasizing that he would be Randolph County State’s Attorney if Jeremy Walker weren’t around

Liefer: “State is basing their case on the word ‘gone’ and nothing more. The only thing I’m missing is a lying snitch.”

Liefer using the same words as Peterson, but applying them to SA Jeremy Walker.

Liefer: Prosecution’s recordings “prove absolutely nothing.”

Liefer: James Glasgow’s testimony was “designed to get you to hate #DrewPeterson”

Liefer: “They don’t have any other evidence in this case.”

“The state has muddied the water so much in this case to distract you.” – Liefer to jury.

“What are we left with? The recordings of a snitch. A career snitch who wanted to be an informant with the FBI.” – Liefer.

Liefer pointing to James Glasgow’s signature to get an overhear order in Randolph County.

Liefer refers to Antonio Smith as prosecutors’ “trust snitch.”

Liefer talking about letters Smith sent to Gabriel and how Smith was told by FBI to keep his mouth shut.

LIefer: Smith handed recording device to another inmate while on the yard.

Liefer says it all compromised the investigation.

Liefer quoting Smith talking about Will County: “I lied to them bitches.”

defense focuses heavily on discrediting prosecution’s key witness: Antonio Smith. Calls him to a “career snitch.”

defense say “inaudible” and “incomprehensible” recordings prove nothing

Liefer plays audio of Smith promising prosecutors “I’ll get you your conviction. I’ll drag him to the courthouse myself.”

Liefer playing recorded conversation between Smith and IA.

Liefer: Smith had “golden plan” to get #DrewPeterson and make everyone look good, and “old Beast would get another chance at life.”

Liefer quoting Smith: “Once I tell you my plan, it’s golden.” Liefer: “This was his plan, he was running the show.”

Liefer says Smith wrote letters to Will County in Aug. 2014 because he was also snitching on correctional officers.

Liefer: Smith was a “rat caught in a trap.”

Defense on Antonio Smith: If he was really worried about Peterson killing Glasgow, why did he wait months and months to tell authorities?

Liefer points to “proof positive” that Antonio Smith was lying.

Liefer: Smith said Drew confessed to Stacy death. But “twice in the recorded conversations, #DrewPeterson says she’s still alive.”

“Not a single state witness had much of anything to add to the evidence of this case.” – Liefer

State relying on word of “a lying snitch, who is so unreliable that it’s embarrassing that the state paid him money,” Liefer said

defense calls murder for hire “a crime of words,” yet Peterson never said murder or kill in recordings

“How has state met their burden of proof on solicit. of murder the when the key words of ‘murder’ and ‘kill’ are not spoken by the def.?”

Liefer: “This is how these guys cope. This is how inmates stay sane. They talk. And it’s nonsense.”

Liefer: #DrewPeterson spent more time “talking about ripping Nancy Grace” and running drugs than killing Jim Glasgow

Liefer asks if the state believed Drew Peterson about anything, why hadn’t they charged him regarding the drug trafficking plan.

“Who has the motive and intent in this case? Everything (the state) has presented is questionable.”

#DrewPeterson defense: “This case is rotten with inconsistencies…the case revolves around the recordings and nothing else.”

Liefer again tells jury that #DrewPeterson “still sits there an innocent man.”

Liefer said state cannot point to one instance on recordings where #DrewPeterson asked Smith to “murder” or “kill” Glasgow.

Liefer: “This case is wrought with inconsistencies and incomplete evidence.”

“This entire case revolves around the recordings and nothing else.”

Liefer: “I want you to forget the name #DrewPeterson and everything that goes with it.”

“I am doing this because I believe in the law and care in the law.” – Liefer

Liefer closes with “enter a verdict of not guilty on both counts”

Liefer done.

11:06

Jeremy Walker up for rebuttal.

Walker: “Lucas and I are friends.” They go out to dinner and plan to get drinks tonight.

Walker shouts about claims Liefer made in closings. Then says, that’s what defense attorneys do. “I’m still gonna go have a drink with him.”

“I didn’t put him away in prison for 38 years!!! And as mad as I am right now, I’m still gonna go have a drink with him….

“For him to accuse me that I would charge him, accuse me of being under-the-table, that’s what defense attorneys do.”

Walker’s point: Liefer isn’t in prison for murder, and he doesn’t have another murder case pending against him.

Walker on Smith: “The Pope can’t buy dope. The Pope isn’t going to be contracted to kill somebody.”

Walker: #DrewPeterson had four motives: Pension, appeal, Stacy, his son.

Walker: “that man (Drew Peterson) wants James Glasgow dead”

Walker on Smith: “When did he ever get caught lying? Not one single time.”

Walker: “Snitch does not mean liar.”

Walker: Smith “crossed one of the biggest lines … He wore a wire on a fellow inmate in a maximum security facility.”

“My desk is piling up. I’ve got another jury trial in two weeks on burglary. I care more about that than that man (Peterson) right there.”

Walker: #DrewPeterson got quiet on recordings when talking about Glasgow murder. “What happens when your kids get quiet?”

“Yeah, Antonio’s asked for a time cut, but he earned his trust by asking what he could prove to you.”

Walker brings up media question regarding why Peterson was suspicious of staged photo if he wasn’t involved.

Walker: Best line of #DrewPeterson trial came when Liefer asked Smith if you can believe a snitch. “You can with evidence,” Smith said.

On Antonio Smith: “People deserve the benefit of the doubt when they can back up what they are saying.”

Walker: Smith will have to sleep with “one eye open.”

Walker: “A prosecutor deserves to go home at night and not worry about getting shot in the head because I did my job.”

Walker then finishes closing by pointing at #DrewPeterson “Find this man guilty.”

Walker is done. Jury getting instructions now.

11:35 a.m. jury is now deliberating

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Drew Peterson murder-for-hire trial: Day 6 – Prosecution closing arguments

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

Drew Peterson, James Glasgow and Antonio Smith.

Today is the last day of Peterson’s trial for allegedly attempting to hire a hit man to kill Illinois State’s Attorney, James Glasgow, while incarcerated at Menard Correctional Center in Chester, Illinois.

Closing arguments will be presented by both the prosecution and the defense and then the jury will be given their instructions and left to their deliberations.

Have you taken a look yet at the complete transcripts of the conversations between Drew Peterson and fellow inmate Antonio “Beast” Smith recorded secretly between Nov. 13-29, 2014?

I will update this blog post throughout the morning with information gathered via Twitter and various other sources. To see the latest updates, refresh your page often.

Please check out the links to these hard working journalists at the bottom of this page.

9:15

Cassandra Cales, sister of Stacy Peterson, sitting in court awaiting closing arguments

Drew Peterson has entered the courtroom for closing arguments

Judge giving instructions to jury on closing arguments.

AAG Steve Nate to deliver closing statements for prosecution. RCSA Jeremy Walker to have rebuttal.

Nate: #DrewPeterson received a prison sentence in 2013 “that was basically a death sentence.”

Nate talking about Glasgow being the one person who changed #DrewPeterson’s life. Pauses for effect.

Glasgow responsible for that change

Nate now fiddling with his laptop that’s in the middle of the courtroom. “Best laid plans,” he jokes

Closings now paused to deal with technical difficulties

Nate playing recording of #DrewPeterson sentencing rant.

It was a recording of #DrewPeterson telling Glasgow he orchestrated the “largest railroad job that ever took place in this country.”

Nate: “Make no mistake about it. He hates James Glasgow”

Audio is when Peterson challenged Glasgow to “look him in the eye.” Nate asks jury to consider the hatred in Peterson’s voice.

Nate highlighting Nov. 15 recorded conversation between Peterson and CI Antonio Smith.

“It’s from that hate, from that anger, from that rage that (Peterson) came up with an idea that he thought would solve all his problems.”

Day #DrewPeterson sentenced in 2013 was “the day his life changed forever. He was 59 – it was basically a death sentence for him,” Nate said

Nate now arguing against the defense’s tactic of attacking Smith’s reputation

Nate: Smith didn’t ask for sentence reduction or money until after recordings of #DrewPeterson were made

Nate: You know Smith told the truth “because his testimony is corroborated by the defendant’s own words.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson “can’t get around the recordings, ladies and gentlemen. They can’t get around his own words.”

“Why did the def. spend so much time talking about Antonio Smith and attacking his reputation? Because they can’t get around the recordings”

Nate arguing that the attacks on Smith’s reputation were to distract jury from recordings.

“There was no mistake (Peterson) chose Antonio Smith. He thought he had someone he could manipulate.” – AAG Nate

Nate: #DrewPeterson is the one who picked Antonio Smith

Nate: “It was no mistake that he chose Antonio Smith. He thought he had somebody that he could manipulate.”

Nate talking about how Smith became a protector for Peterson by standing up for him at Menard.

“…despite all the attacks on the character of Mr. Smith, the defendant (is) the one that chose Mr. Smith as a witness…” AAG Nate said.

Nate: #DrewPeterson “kept talking about it. Kept wanting it done.”

Meanwhile, Smith had no intention of having Glasgow killed, Nate says.

“He thought he had this young gang banger who was in for a long sentence for attempted murder, and he thought this is a guy who could get the job done,

“..but he also thot he was a young guy and he thot he could charm him,” Nate said. “But he underestimated Antonio Smith.”

Nate: Will County took minimal role in investigation. It was FBI’s investigation, “not Will County’s.”

Nate: “The FBI and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office were the only ones who knew about it.”

“You had the opportunity to hear James Glasgow testify. You saw his demeanor when he testified about Drew Peterson.” – AAG Nate

Nate on Glasgow: “Did he strike you as somebody that was obsessed with

Nate: “Who’s obsessed with who? I submit it’s the defendant who’s obsessed with James Glasgow, not the other way around.”

Nate: This case is about “those words that came out of his mouth, the defendant’s mouth.”

Prosecution says Will County States Attorney played minimal role in this murder for hire investigation

Nate: This case is about “those words that came out of his mouth, the defendant’s mouth.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson told Smith “the only way to link me to the whole thing is you.”

“Peterson was counting on Smith being the only one who knew about (the murder plot) and was hoping nobody would believe Antonio Smith.”

Nate: “He was counting on Smith being the only one who knew anything about this.” But #DrewPeterson didn’t know he was being recorded.

“His voice would get lower and more secretive when he talked about James Glasgow” – Prosecution says about #DrewPeterson

Nate acknowledges listening to recordings was “tedious.” Said he knows jury wanted to “throttle” him when he pulled one out.

Nate: #DrewPeterson only talked to Smith on recordings about Glasgow plot. “There’s a reason for that. Because this was real.”

“This was real, this wasn’t just prison talk. He wanted Glasgow dead and because of that, he’s going to limit who he’s going to talk to.”

“If all inmates talk about killing the prosecutor, why is (Peterson) only talking to Antonio Smith about it?” – AAG Nate

Nate playing another recording.

Nate: “There is no doubt about his guilt.”

Nate says recordings confirm that Peterson and Smith talked about hit man plot in 2013.

Nate says jailhouse “kites” — or letters — also confirm that #DrewPeterson and Smith had previous discussions about killing Glasgow

Nate playing conversation when Smith asks Peterson what would happen if Glasgow is gone by Christmas.

(Audio on Nate’s microphone goes out)

Pros play recording where Smith tells #DrewPeterson there “ain’t no turning back.” Then Peterson says they’ll get some booze to celebrate.

Prosecution: Even though Peterson never said “murder” or “kill” in recordings, there is no doubt that’s what he’s talking about.

Nate: “Is there any doubt in your mind what the defendant was talking about?”

Nate: #DrewPeterson believed he would be charged with murder of Stacy Peterson. “This is a real fear that he has.”

Nate talking about how Peterson thought Glasgow would charge him with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

Now moving on to Nov. 16 conversations.

Nate: #DrewPeterson talked about getting charged in Will County because that’s where he thought Glasgow’s murder would happen

“it would just be his word against Smith,” Nate sed. “But he was wrong, b/c he was linking himself to the whole thing on the recordings…”

…He was linking himself to the whole thing with his own words.” AAG Nate said

Nate: “You heard the defendant talking about how he’s going to watch the news after Glasgow’s dead.”

Nate: “All these conversations he had about Glasgow being dead prove he’s guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.”

“There is no doubt that he requested Antonio Smith to find someone to kill James Glasgow.” “He said it, he meant it and he’s guilty.”

Nate: #DrewPeterson “assumed the old role of a cop interrogating a suspect” when he became suspicious of Smith.

Nate now playing conversation that includes “Spidey senses” statement.

“Why is he concerned with all that if this was a joke? Why does he care? Because this is real. He wanted James Glasgow killed.”

Prosecution: Peterson’s tone and mannerisms during recordings prove the murder for hire plot wasn’t just a joke, he took it seriously

Nate now beginning to go over the elements of the crimes.

Nate talking about tools jurors will have during deliberations – including common sense, exhibits and juror instructions.

Nate tells jurors it also doesn’t matter that Smith never intended to arrange the hit. The key intent belongs to Peterson

“The law recog. that the intent is (Peterson’s) intent, not Smith’s intent….this crime was complete when the words came out of his mouth.”

Nate to jurors: “No steps had to be taken to kill James Glasgow,” in order for #DrewPeterson to be guilty

“There’s no doubt, ladies and gentlemen, that his intent was to have Glasgow murdered.” – AAG Nate

#DrewPeterson’s arms are crossed as Nate continues his closing — and begins to tell jurors about circumstantial evidence.

Nate comparing a rainstorm to circumstantial evidence.

Nate: #DrewPeterson “has a deep hatred for James Glasgow” and showed it at his February 2013 sentencing

“Why all this paranoia if all of this is a joke?” – AAG Nate

Nate asking jurors to rely on common sense. “There’s no other way to interpret those recordings. He said it, he meant it and he’s guilty.”

Nate is done and jury takes 15-minute mid-morning break.

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Read: Full transcripts of covert recordings between Drew Peterson and prison snitch

smith-petersonReady for a little light reading after the holiday weekend’s activities?

Well, here’s some fodder for your e-reader.

Below are the complete transcripts of the conversations between Drew Peterson and fellow inmate Antonio “Beast” Smith recorded secretly between Nov. 13-29, 2014.

The state believes they contain enough evidence to add another 60 years onto Peterson’s sentence for solicitation of murder of State’s Attorney, James Glasgow and they were played last week in court to a jury that will begin its deliberations tomorrow after closing arguments.

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November-13, 2014
Heard: Peterson, Smith, Randy, Capone

November-14, 2014
Heard: Peterson, Smith, Capone, T-Real, Correctional Officer

November-15, 2014 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
Heard: Peterson, Smith, Ali, Jesse

November-16, 2014 – Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Heard: Peterson, Smith, Lorek, Jesse, Glenn Barrett

November-25, 2014
Heard: Peterson, Smith

November-28, 2014
Heard: Peterson, Smith, Lorek

November-29, 2014 – Part 1, Part 2
Heard: Peterson, Smith, T-real, Jesse, Capone, Ali, J-hood, Cecil