July 8, 2010

Drew Peterson stays in jail while defense team plans appeals

Posted: 03:54 PM ET

Joliet, IL – Drew Peterson will remain in jail while Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow appeals a ruling excluding certain hearsay evidence from the murder trial.

Judge Stephen White found that the court had sufficient reason to keep Peterson in jail.

Glasgow asked the judge to rely on evidence presented at a month-long hearing earlier this year, as well as findings that he made after the hearing. Those findings are under seal. Glasgow said that “in the interest of justice, bond should remain at $20 million.”

Joe “The Shark” Lopez, known for his zealous representation of mob clients in Chicago, argued that the State failed to list any compelling reason why Peterson should not be released. Lopez said that continuing to jail Peterson without a trial date is punishment and that pretrial detention as punishment is unconstitutional. With no trial date on the calendar, Lopez said Peterson is being denied the right to a speedy trial.

In denying the defense’s request for Peterson’s release, the judge did not state in open court what his reasons were.  He noted that a trial is at least six to nine months away, but the defense attorneys later opined that it could be up to two years away and that appeals could take this case to the United States Supreme Court.

The defense plans to appeal today’s decision.

Glasgow informed White yesterday that his office was not prepared to begin the first-degree murder trial, set for jury selection today. Based on an Illinois Supreme Court decision issued two weeks ago, the State believes it has a reasonable chance to use some of the hearsay evidence White previously excluded. The hearsay involves Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, and his missing fourth wife, Stacy. Peterson is charged with murder in Savio’s death and accused of staging it to look like an accidental drowning. He remains a suspect in Stacy’s disappearance.

Peterson, dressed in a taupe suit, yellow shirt and tie, entered the courtroom shackled at his wrists and ankles, with a chain connecting them. He sat with four attorneys listening intently to the arguments and did not display any emotion as the judge denied his release. Outside the courthouse, his attorney, Joel Brodsky, said that Peterson was “hopefully optimistic but didn’t count on [his release] …he’s OK.”

-Beth Karas, In Session Correspondent

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Tonnie Moon   July 8th, 2010 4:09 pm ET

Gee, glad to know "he's okay"...
Too bad the families of the young ladies he murdered will NEVER be "okay".... their lives will forever be clouded by the devastation of having lost a loved one to this monster.
I can imagine the smirk Peterson would've been wearing if he would've been let out.
Also, it's no surprise that his lawyer's nickname is "The Shark"... I hear they travel in schools, and if ever there was a real-life "shark" it's Drew Peterson.

Thai Fu   July 9th, 2010 2:06 pm ET

Tonnie, you seem to forget that we live in a 'free' country where you are innocent until proven guilty (ha-you are tried in the media long before court). I hope you fair well at your life review when you explain your actions...

nancy p   July 10th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

good morning,

there is a god,,,, this man should rot in prison for the rest of his natural born days,,, the smug look on his face everytime he appears on camera,,,,, he should be ashamed of himself,, as a law enforcer, hes supposed to uphold the law,, not violate it,,,,,,,,,,,,

rest in peace kathleen savio,,
i hope they find stacy soon,,

thank you,,

justice soon for both ladies,,,,,,,,,,,, and i think his kids should be taken away from him,, he is a danger ,, to them,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Jerry Keating   July 12th, 2010 2:36 pm ET

Lets see, I believe that there has not been a trial yet. That being true some people better not get arrested. Drew has been in jail for to long. What about are rights for a quick and fair trial?

Joe from CT, not Lieberman   July 12th, 2010 4:45 pm ET

OK, I may be a Liberal Democrat, but IMHO, this guy should be thrown in to general population. Given the way jail populations love having former police officers in custody, I figure after two or three days, he would be calling the DA to offer a plea just to be placed in protective custody.

Beach Bum   July 12th, 2010 5:07 pm ET

Where is this sewer rat's jokes and stupid grin now?

8oaks   July 16th, 2010 12:23 am ET

Eewwwww, this guy just gives me the creeps. How he got so many pretty wives only God knows. I still think that karma got Ms. Stacy Peterson though. The whole time she was cheating with 'Pretty Boy' while he was still married to Kathleen Salvio (who was ALOT prettier than Stacy), they used to parade in front of Kathleen and show up around town frequently even though SHE was just the mistress. There were reports where Stacy pulled up right outside of Drew and Kathleens house and Kathleen came out after her in hysterics. Well she finally got the 'man of her dreams' (YUCK) by his wife mysteriously dying. And now? Well surprise, surprise...Stacy is missing. I believe what goes around comes one form or manner. She and Kathleen are somewhere now together. I believe that what Stacy did to Kathleen was inevitable but to come back at her. You just can't be rotten like that and expect to get away with it. I had to state this as I have had my fill of seeing Ms Stacy made out to be the victim...BOOHOO. She played with fire and now she's gotten burnt.

Catie McGoldrick   July 16th, 2010 8:22 am ET

I think the lesson from In Session over the past few years is...DO NOT marry anyone named Peterson! Michael, Scott and Drew all have dead wives and that smirk and swagger. Perhaps Drew should review what happened to Michael and Scott.... In the meantime, save innocent women everywhere and keep him in jail.

memo2   July 16th, 2010 8:43 am ET

As long peter is at jail, no body else will be hurt.
Think about it.

Av8nBill   July 17th, 2010 10:32 am ET

I think it's funny that his lawyer keeps dragging the process out by appealing everything and saying they're not ready for jury selection and THEN has the cojones to whine about not getting a speedy trial. Either get on with it or zip it. You can't have it both ways.

Michael Rae   July 17th, 2010 7:21 pm ET

The police keep you in jail while they stall to bring their case. If their case was so good peterson should have already been to trial by now. I will admit peterson has that smug look and is arrogant but still should recieve a fair and speedy trial. The way i see it is the longer the case takes to come to trail the weaker the da's case is or they may not have evidence beyond reasonable doubt. I just think the police will lie,cheat and steal just like anyone else. So they need to bring peterson to trial and like the folks from missouri say"show me".

Kristal Mac Leod   July 19th, 2010 1:38 am ET

this guy is so full of himself its disgusting' he kills at least 2 women'then flaunts it in the police faces' but' his time is coming 'his time in jail is just the beginning of thee end' 4 this cowardly oldddddddddddd killer is soon 2 b just a memory' (clapping) drew the end is near (repent) then u will b set free' u know that someday that barrel will b discovered (forensic's) but u will already b convicted (plenty of motive) plus an eye witness (unknowing helping u) 'with said barrel' the other con's will just love u drew inside the big house' ya u will b their favorite ex-cop ' theirs enough of u 2 go around drew' so do not b stingy with yourself' so it has been spoken so it shall b done' stick a fork in drew' he's done'

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