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  
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Video: Oral arguments in appeal of Drew Peterson Murder conviction

Today attorneys for Drew Peterson and the State of Illinois presented their oral arguments to the Supreme Court of the state.

Law professor Harold Krent and long-time Peterson attorney Steve Greenberg argued for Peterson, while assistant attorney general Leah Bendik argued for the state.

Attorneys are hoping for an answer from the court by Spring. Here are the arguments in their entirety.

Tuesday: Illinois Supreme Court to hear arguments in Drew Peterson’s appeal of murder conviction

Drew Peterson arrested

Oral arguments in Drew Peterson’s appeal of his 2012 conviction for the murder of Kathleen Savio are scheduled to be heard tomorrow, November 15, at 9:30 in Springfield.

I expect Steve Greenberg (and possibly law professor Harold Krent) will be arguing for Peterson, while assistant attorneys general Michael Glick and Leah Bendik will most likely be arguing for the state.

If you’ve been following this case since it was first appealed, a lot of it is going to be familiar ground; with hearsay, conflict of interest, ineffective counsel, and attorney-client privileges being some of the points of contention.

If you want to get up to speed on the appeal in advance of tomorrow’s proceedings, then fire up those reading glasses, pop a Tylenol and power through the legal briefs filed by both the appellant and appellee teams:

BTW, Stacy Peterson has now been missing for nine years. Her sister, Cassandra Cales, recently went to Facebook to state that if Stacy’s remains are found she will sue for them. She says she is still denied access to her niece and nephew who are in the custody of their half-brother, Stephen Peterson. Peterson was fired from his position as a law enforcement officer in Oak Park, after it was determined that he accepted guns and money from his father during the investigation of Stacy’s disappearance in 2007.

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.”

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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.

Illinois Supreme Court to hear Drew Peterson’s appeal. Former attorney intends to sue for defamation

Photo courtesy IDOC

A smiling Drew Peterson in his current mug shot

I apologize for not updating the blog last week but, unlike Drew Peterson, I was sitting by a pool in the shade of a palm tree.

On March 30 the Illinois Supreme Court announced it would hear ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s appeal of his 2012 conviction for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

The decision came as a bit of a surprise to the legal community, as the Illinois appellate court upheld Peterson’s conviction in November, 2015, stating in their opinion that “since we have found that no errors occurred, defendant’s claim of cumulative error must be rejected.” The chances of the appeal making it to Illinois’ highest court also seemed slim because historically only 5% of petitioned cases are heard.

Peterson’s appeal is based on claims of ineffective counsel on the part of attorney, Joel Brodsky, the admission of several hearsay statements admitted under the forfeiture by wrongdoing exception, and that evidence given by Pastor Neil Schori at trial violated confidentiality.

Meanwhile, Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial is amping up for May, based on charges that he solicited an inmate to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted the Savio case.

Peterson appeared in court on Friday for a short case management conference. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker announced the prosecution would tender its official discovery to the defense on that day, and the date of April 22nd was set for the next case management conference.

Reem Odeh posing with a book about the Peterson case

Reem Odeh posing with a book about the Peterson case

In a strange turn of events, former Drew Peterson attorney, Reem Odeh, is asking Cook County to order to Google to supply her with information about the origins of what she says are libelous reviews left on one of her law practice’s social media pages.

According to the petition, Odeh said she intends to sue for defamation the party or parties responsible for the posts, published in January and February 2016.

According to the Cook County Record,

The petition cited one such post, purportedly posted under the alias of “Drea Sanchez,” which called her a “horrible, lying and deceitful woman claiming to be a great lawyer” who “is an embarrassment to all members of The Bar Association.” The post further called on the Illinois Supreme Court to suspend Odeh’s legal license.

Other posts, submitted under other aliases including “Abdullah Mubarak,” “William Levi” and “Nura Galaski,” allegedly accused Odeh of having “a reputation of getting around;” of having come to court “late as usual smelling like cheap beer;” of having made “bad remarks about the Latin/Polish community;” and of never being prepared for court, among other accusations. The post from “Mubarak” also described her using the term “sharamoota,” which the petition said was a derogatory Arabic term for “prostitute.”

Odeh’s petition said the reviews “are rife with false accusations regarding (Odeh), a married woman, including allegations that (Odeh) attends court appearances under the influence of alcohol; that she is adulterous; that she lies to the court and opposing counsel …; and otherwise incompetent at her profession.

Of course I have no idea who is behind the posts but I do remember that Odeh’s break with her former law partner, Joel Brodsky, was acrimonious to say the least and that a spate of negative comments cropped up about her after she testified that Brodsky had attacked her when she left with a copy of a contract between Joel and Drew at Peterson’s pre-sentencing hearings. Brodksy’s wife, Elizabeth, was especially candid when commenting on her husband’s former law partner.

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Whether Mrs. Brodsky still carries a grudge, or Odeh has new enemies remains to be seen. Presumably, all could be revealed if Cook County rules in her favor and Google cooperates.

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”.

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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.

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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.

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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

Appeal denied. Court upholds Drew Peterson’s murder conviction

Almost two years after it was filed, and six months after it was argued,three appellate court justices decided unanimously to deny Drew Peterson’s appeal of his 2012 conviction for the murder of Kathleen Savio.

The justices, led by Justice Robert L. Carter, stated in their 87-page opinion that there were no errors made during Peterson’s trial, that the physical and circumstantial evidence was sufficient for conviction and that Joel Brodsky’s media agreement with Peterson did not constitute a conflict of interest.

State’s Attorney James Glasgow, the target of Peterson’s current murder-for-hire case, states to CBS that “this is the ultimate vindication of this eight-year journey we’ve been on.”

Victims of domestic abuse advocate and sister of Kathleen, Sue Savio says, “He is where he is and I hope he knows he’s never getting out.

Peterson’s attorney, Steven Greenberg has stated both that he will appeal the conviction again and that he will need to talk to his client before deciding what step to take next.

As for former Peterson lead attorney, Joel Brodsky – he sees the denial as a personal victory.

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I’m not sure I agree with his assessment of complete vindication. The court didn’t determine whether or not Brodsky had committed an ethical violation. That’s a matter for the ARDC. Rather, they opined only that his questionable media contract with Peterson didn’t fall under the definition of a per se conflict of interest, stating:

Simply put, the alleged conflict created by the media contract in this case does not fall into one of the categories of per se conflicts established by our supreme court. See id. at 143-44. Regardless of whether Brodsky entering into the contract constituted a violation of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, that relationship did not give rise to a per se conflict of interest.

Meanwhile, Peterson’s trial for conspiracy to commit murder is scheduled to begin in February.