Joliet, IL—Prosecutors have turned tail and fled from selection of a Jury tomorrow after the Judge in the case ruled against some of the hearsay statements against retired police sergeant Drew Peterson.
Citing their wish to appeal the ruling, Will County State’s Attorney James Glascow has asked Judge Stephen White to continue the case. Because of the time involved in perfecting such an appeal the case could take six months to a year before a trial could commence.
Under those circumstances it’s now clear there is a substantial lack of evidence and Drew Peterson will likely be ordered released. Peterson has been in custody for a year since he was indicted and arrested on a charge of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio. There is the serious issue of speedy trial rights of anyone accused of crimes in America.
The difficult part for anyone reporting this story is that motions are filed under seal and the lawyers are barred from talking about specifics of the hearsay conversations excluded from evidence.
One thing for sure, the case against Peterson always was incredibly weak and if Peterson is acquitted they won’t be able to try him again should any real evidence surface.
Prosecutors and police have been recently claiming that they’re close to locating the remains of Peterson's fourth wife Stacy Peterson who has remained missing. It remains to be seen just how true those claims really are.
Prominent defense team member, Joe “The Shark” Lopez said Glasgow. “chickened out, since he has no case.”
Peterson is expected to be released from custody in time for lunch tomorrow.
In the mean time all those people that hate drew Peterson will have to return to wringing their hands and relentlessly complaining about the rights of an accused to a fair and speedy trial.
Update 8 July: Judge Stephen White just ruled that Peterson must remain in jail. That ruling will get quick review by the Illinois Court of Appeals. I suspect Judge white did not have the gonads to do his job because of all the whiners.