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 takes murder conviction appeal to Illinois Supreme Court. Murder-for-hire trial set for next month.

Drew Peterson's new mug shots for 2016

Drew Peterson’s new mug shots for 2016

UPDATE 1/27/16: Despite having denied a motion to delay the beginning of the trial just last week, after a conference call between Judge Brown and attorneys Walker and Liefer, the judge agreed to continue Drew Peterson’s upcoming murder-for-hire trial in order to give both sides more time to prepare. The trial was originally set to begin the end of next month. The new trial date is May 6.

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Two months after his appeal was denied by the Illinois appellate court, Drew Peterson’s attorneys have taken his case to the state Supreme Court in hopes of overturning his 2012 conviction for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Case No. 120331

People v. Peterson, Defense leave to appeal granted 3/30/16 from 2015 IL App (3d) 130157

Whether the Appellate Court erred by finding that a decision in a prior appeal precluded it from considering whether evidence was properly admitted under the forfeiture by wrongdoing doctrine, where the prior appeal concerned only a different aspect of the doctrine – the possible application of a new statute. (§2-6(a))

Defense counsel: Stephen Greenberg, Chicago

Penned by attorneys Steve Greenberg and Harold Krent, the petition to appeal covers familiar ground, alleging that the admission of hearsay and “former bad acts” evidence to his the trial should not have taken place and resulted in the erroneous conviction of Drew Peterson.

The Illinois Appellate Court is also called out for having not seriously considered all of the arguments raised in the earlier appeal.

The appeal also, once again points the finger at Peterson’s former counsel and friend, Joel Brodsky, who they insist created a conflict of interest when he wrote a contract with Peterson that gave him a percentage of any money earned by media appearances. They also maintain that he erred when calling lawyer Harry Smith to the stand to testify that Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy, had asked him if she could get more money from a divorce arrangement if she threatened to tell how he had killed Kathleen Savio.

Interestingly, last week, a former client of Steve Greenberg’s, Albert Domagala, had his sentence overturned and was granted a new trial after a judge agreed that he had been granted ineffective assistance by Greenberg at his 2005 murder trial.

Joel Brodsky, naturally, took to Facebook and called it a case of “the pot calling the kettle black”.

brodsky-greenberg-ineffective

In Peterson’s case, the filing does not ensure that the Supreme Court will hear the new appeal. The Chicago Tribune points out that the higher court “typically hears a small percentage of such petitions. For example, justices agreed to hear arguments in less than 5 percent of the nearly 1,500 petitions filed in fiscal 2014.”

Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Randolph County Circuit Court Judge Richard A. Brown denied Peterson’s request to delay his trial in the solicitation of murder case.

Peterson’s attorney, Lucas Liefer told the judge that the defense and prosecution were still exchanging discovery in the case, “I don’t think we need a lot of time, but I don’t think it is realistic to say we will be ready to go to trial in a month,” he said.

Judge Brown replied that the calendar for March was already full, telling Leifer, “if you have to move cases aside to get ready for this, then do so.”

At least forty-six witnesses have been subpoenaed in the case, including experts in finger-print and audio recording evidence.

Jury selection for the trial will take place on February 26 and his trial will begin on February 29th in Chester, Illinois where he is incarcerated.

Drew’s prison correspondence continues to be of interest. Joel Brodsky took to Twitter to share his taunting of his former client via the postal service.

joeltweet

A man (with his own notorious past) who claims to be distantly related to Staacy Peterson, also wrote to Peterson in prison, and claims to have received an acerbic reply.

golbafagg

Stacy’s sister, Cassandra Cales, continues to search for her sister and to consult those claiming to be psychics for help in locating Stacy Peterson’s remains.

Most recently Stacy’s family has turned to a woman named Sharon Pugh, who calls herself the “Southern Style Medium”. Hugh was provided with items belonging to to Drew and Stacy Peterson, and by holding the items she says that Stacy joined them and told her that she had been wearing a heart shaped necklace when she died, which was removed before the disposal of her body. She hopes to have more sessions with the family.

Drew Peterson's watches

Drew Peterson’s watches

Stacy Peterson's cap

Stacy Peterson’s cap

Today is Stacy Peterson’s birthday. She would have been 32.

 

Her youngest child turned 11 this month and celebrated with a trip to an indoor rock climbing facility and a lobster dinner.
Stacy with the children: Kris, Lacy, Anthony and Tom

Stacy with the children: Kris, Lacy, Anthony and Tom

Drew Peterson pleads Not Guilty to murder-for-hire charges

Artist's drawing shows Peterson in court today with his attorney Lucas Leifer

Artist’s drawing shows Peterson in court today with his attorney Lucas Leifer

This morning at a court appearance in Chester, Illinois, Drew Peterson waived a preliminary hearing and pleaded not guilty to having attempted to arrange the murder of State’s Attorney, James Glasgow.

Peterson appeared in court in a white dress shirt, black pants, dress shoes and leg shackles. He attempted to nod at reporters and joked with sketch artists, asking them to draw him smiling. When admonished by Judge Richard A. Brown he replied, “I understand.”

Two subpoenaed FBI agents (I believe their names to be Brian Clark and Chris Straub) did not testify today since the hearing was waived.

Steve Nate from the Attorney General’s Office argued a motion for an order prohibiting Peterson’s attorneys and prosecutors from disclosing to the public any evidence in the case, which was granted. This was most likely filed to protect the identity of the jailhouse “snitch”, who is reported to have been a fellow inmate of Peterson’s, and outed in letters from another inmate as Antonio Smith. Last month, Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky, released those letters from inmate Adrian Gabriel, who claimed to have hatched a plan with Smith to set up Peterson with the solicitation charges. Brodsky says that Smith is presently under witness protection and living in Florida under an assumed name.

The state also filed a notice disclosing that Peterson’s case twice involved use of eavesdropping devices.

Peterson is next expected in court on April 14 for a case management conference and the case has also been placed on the July 2015 jury docket in Randolph County.

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra Cales, was in attendance.

Peterson’s new attorney, Lucas Leifer, says that he and his client do not want to try this case in public.

Sources:
Jon Seidel
Stacy St. Clair
Judici

Drew Peterson charged with soliciting the murder of the man who got him convicted

Drew Peterson has been charged with attempting to arrange a hit on States Attorney, James Glasgow (scroll down to read the filing).

According to an ABC 7 story, Peterson tried to hire someone to kill Glasgow between September 2013 and December 2014. They also report:

The former Bolingbrook police officer faces two felony charges: solicitation of murder and solicitation of murder for hire. He appeared in a Randolph County court Monday morning. According to Attorney General Lisa Madigan, several agencies including the Department of Corrections and FBI were involved in the investigation. Her office will prosecute the case, she said, due to complex nature of the investigation and because Glasgow was a target.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow has released the following statement:

This morning I received a copy of the charges that Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker filed against Drew Peterson. I have absolute faith in law enforcement and our criminal justice system to handle this case appropriately. I want to thank Attorney General Madigan and State’s Attorney Walker and their legal teams for their work on this case.

It is unfortunate that prosecutors sometimes must deal with allegations of this nature. However, in no way will a threat to my personal safety deter me from the important work I perform as the State’s Attorney on behalf of the citizens of Will County.

The Chicago Tribune quotes Attorney Steve Greenberg (who represented Peterson at trial and filed his pending appeal), as saying:

“I find it extremely difficult to believe he would do something like this. Drew would have nothing to gain and everything to lose by doing that. He believes he has a strong appeal and that the conviction will be overturned.”

The Tribune also reports that Peterson has asked for a public defender.

As for Greenberg’s assertions that “Jim Glasgow was doing his job and Drew realized that”, here is, in part, what Peterson had to say to the State’s Attorney at his sentencing for murder two years ago:

Mr. Glasgow, all aspects of my life have been destroyed. Everything from my personal life to my professional life to my social life, all aspects have been destroyed, and I tell you this to give you greater cause for celebration when you celebrate the fact that you perpetrated the largest railroad job that ever took place in this country…Throughout these proceedings, no one witness, no one juror, not one prosecutor looked me in the eye until today, and I hope Mr. Glasgow looks me in the eye right now; never forget my face; never forget what you have done here.

When WGN contacted Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky,did not pass up a chance to take a jab at his former co-counsel:

“When I was representing Drew we did a lot of controversial things, but apparently his new lawyers don’t have control over their client and that’s unfortunate.”

Stacy Peterson’s sister, Cassandra, told the media “The way he is, he thinks he can get away with anything, he’s above the law.”

Although Drew Peterson has been housed in protective custody he has had ample opportunities to socialize with other inmates. One of his female pen pals described his requests that she find pen pals for his fellow inmates and research correspondence courses for them.

In one letter, dated May 2014, he described a strange meeting while outside for his daily exercise.
drew-yard-conversation

He wrote:

“I was approached in the yard today (by a guy) who said I arrested him some years ago. He didn’t look familiar to me and he said I let him keep his gun. Doesn’t sound like something I would do so I think he was full of crap.”

Peterson is due in court again on March 3.

Read the filing:

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2015: New Year – new Drew Peterson mug shot

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The Illinois Department of Corrections has updated their mug shot of Drew Peterson for 2015.

Meanwhile, his attorneys have filed an appeal of his murder conviction and we are awaiting a date for the hearing of oral arguments – most likely sometime this Spring.

A couple of nice photos of a young Stacy Peterson (Cales) have been posted by friends to Stacy Peterson’s Facebook recently. This one is from 1998, when Stacy was fourteen.

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This picture shows Stacy at age thirteen with her brother Yelton and sister Cassandra in 1997.

yelton-cass-stacy

All the best to you in the coming year and here’s hoping the conviction sticks and that Stacy Peterson is found and brought back home to her family.

Drew Peterson case inspires proposed bill to strip pensions from convicted felons

UPDATE February 14, 2015: The Bill failed to pass in December and is in “Session Sine Die” or adjourned for an indefinite period.
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Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville

Rep. Darlene Senger

A new bill currently making its way through the General Assembly could make it a lot easier for the Bolingbrook Police Pension Board to take away the pension of convicted murderer, Drew Peterson.

Proposed Illinois House Bill 5816 would let pension boards consider some new criteria with regards to dispersal of pension benefits.  The bill which was introduced last month would let boards consider official misconduct and felony convictions grounds for forfeiture.

It says if you have been convicted or pleaded guilty to corruption charges, then the board can withhold your pension,” said 41st District Rep. Darlene Senger, R-Naperville, the bill’s sponsor.

But, more pertinent to the Drew Peterson situation, the bill would also make a felony grounds for possible forfeiture, stating:

..if a member or participant of a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code is receiving an annuity or pension from a pension fund or retirement system established under the Code and is convicted of, or pleads guilty to, a felony…then the board of trustees of that fund or system shall suspend the payment of that annuity or pension during that individual’s incarceration for that offense.

In Peterson’s case, that would be 38 years.

The Naperville Sun reports that Senger’s motivation for the bill arose from the current Drew Peterson situation. The Bolingbrook board voted last week to hold hearings to decide whether they should put an end to Peterson’s benefits, something that may be difficult to do under current law which is protective of civil employees.

There is another part to the proposed legislation, however, that could allow Peterson to continue collecting his annual $79k payout. It would allow pension boards leeway when the beneficiary of the pension is a child.  That part of the bill has not yet gone to a vote.

Currently, Peterson’s adult son, Stephen, is receiving his father’s pension benefits and has custodial care of his father’s two minor children. Their mother is Stacy Peterson who has been missing since October 2007. Drew Peterson is the only named suspect in connection to her disappearance and Stephen lost his job when he failed to tell his superiors about accepting guns and money from his father immediately after Stacy went missing.

Peterson’s attorneys have filed an appeal of his murder conviction and it is expected to be argued in appellate court some time in the Fall of this year.

Also, in “this is starting to feel like a prolonged case of déjà vu” news, the Illinois Supreme Court has denied Stephen Peterson’s request to appeal the Appellate Court decision that upheld the Village of Oak Brook’s decision to terminate him from his position with the Police Department.

I guess he’ll have to seek solace by buying more Blackhawks tickets with his dad’s pension benefits…
steve-peterson-hawks

From the March Illinois Supreme Court Docket:

117194 Stephen Peterson, petitioner, v. Village of Oak Brook, etc., et al., respondents.
Leave to appeal, Appellate Court, Second District.

Sources:
Illinois House Bill 5816 text
Illinois House Bill 5816 Summary
Naperville Sun
My Suburban Life