|Drew Peterson Photo by Paul Huebl|
Joliet, IL—The prosecution in the murder trial of retired Bolingbrook, IL police sergeant Drew Peterson is taking its last gasp.
The Illinois Legislature put their foot on the scales of justice by enacting the, “Drew Peterson Hearsay Law.” That allowed gossip rather than sworn direct testimony be used as evidence in this trial. They still, have yet to make a case for murder.
They put up two forensic experts that were convinced that Kathleen Savio was murdered based on their re-examination of remains that had been decaying in a grave for over three years. They may be right but it’s only their best guess and speculation.
Of course there is the original investigation and autopsy on fresh remains that were determined to be the result of an accidental death. We can’t now guess that if the first group of investigators and experts did a better job what the results might have been. It is what it is.
The problem with the prosecution, their investigators and experts is that none of them could recreate the event. They can’t even say how Savio received her scalp wound or if or when the scene was somehow rearranged.
Nobody can explain how Drew Peterson could enter the house since the locks were changed and he was not welcome there.
Savio was prescribed mood-altering drugs but apparently was not taking them. She hated Drew Peterson and made no secret of that fact as she fought in court for his police pension and other assets. It’s a reality that divorce litigants seek favor from the court by making extreme allegations during court proceedings.
The missing Stacy Peterson is really not a part of this case. Many people want to believe she is dead and that Peterson murdered her. That case has lots of huge problems. Unanswered questions are all around, none the least of which is where is she and if she’s dead, how’d she get that way.
Stacy was another woman troubled by a crappy marriage to Drew Peterson. She consoled herself with dating other men.
There are two very troubling hearsay witnesses in this mess. One is the preacher I call Rev. Bootycall. This religious leader meets his attractive, troubled and married lady followers, not at the house of worship, but at coffee houses. I hope I’m not the only one that sees how inappropriate that conduct appears.
I consider Rev. Bootycall an opportunist looking to expand his fan base and celebrity His “contribution” here will certainly help in that regard.
The next pathetic soul is the alleged hit-man candidate. This unemployed and unemployable loser is another opportunist. Once the tabloids came throwing money around he “suddenly remembered” that Drew Peterson solicited him to murder Savio. His hearsay testimony stands alone without a shred of evidence he’s telling the truth.
Hearsay has been kept out of American courts for a reason. The defendant must be given an opportunity to confront his accuser in court. Drew Peterson has been denied that most fundamental right in the Will County Circuit Court. That is what I call, government tyranny.
Even with the hearsay, there is insufficient evidence of a crime and no evidence beyond the motive of an uncomfortable divorce.
The Judge should grant a rare Directed Verdict of Not Guilty. If that does not happen Peterson’s lawyers will have to offer up the sworn testimony of investigators, experts and perhaps an impeachment witness or two.
As for the jury, they’re reading everything they can find on the web and other sources. Some will hate Drew Peterson but some will try and be fair. Getting a conviction from a unanimous jury should be difficult if not impossible. We will have to see what the near future will hold.