July 7, 2010
His trial has been delayed. Again. Only this time Peterson could be released from prison.
Today the prosecution today filed an appeal re: Judge Steven White’s ruling against the introduction of the hearsay evidence they had built their case around. And until the appeal is heard Peterson could be set free on bond.
Prosecutor JAMES GLASGOW:
I filed this appeal because there is evidence that I believe we should have available to us, and we’re going to ask the Appellate Court to consider that under the Hanson case.
Eric Hanson was convicted of murdering 4 family members in 2005. June 24, the Illinois Supreme Court unanimously upheld the use of hearsay in Hanson’s conviction. Problem being White rejected that argument last week and everything remains under seal.
JOEL BRODSKY with the smirk the jury is going to hate:
On the eve of trial, when the State and the defense were eyeball to eyeball, the State blinked.
Peterson attorney JAMES LOPEZ:
They got cold feet. They chickened out.
What else would they say? They think everything’s a big joke – everything’s funny. This is not a funny case. This is about the murder of a mother a two, and it’s a very solemn matter.
And whether anyone wants to admit it – it is about another mother of two wife of Drew Peterson who was stolen from her children.
Stacy spokeswoman PAM BOSCO:
The thought of him back on the street is devastating.
Peterson will appear in court tomorrow for a bond hearing. Illinois law states: “a defendant shall not be held in jail or to bail during the pendency of an appeal by the state … unless there are compelling reasons for his continued detention or being held to bail.”
A free Drew Peterson is a compelling reason enough. Though I imagine the prosecutors would be more than happy to watch the arrogance of Peterson and Brodsky play out in the media once again.
Judge White’s October retirement might have factored into the prosecutors’ last minute appeal, which may not be heard until after White is gone.
BRODSKY as to what Peterson would do if he got out:
Go home. See his kids and probably, you know, take a nice hot shower and probably have a cold beer. His main thought was to get home and see his children.
As far as Kathleen Savio’s family.
Savio’s niece MELISSA DOMAN:
It was delayed for 5 years before, and we waited very patiently, hoping and hoping. Things are still moving – slowly, but there still moving. So I still hold faith that my Aunt Kitty will get the justice that she deserves.
Sources: FOX News, Chicago Tribune