|Drew Peterson Photo by Paul Huebl|
Joliet, IL—Judge Edward Burmila angrily chastised the prosecution for their “low blow” making it clear that their conduct was deliberate and designed to deny the retired Bolingbrook IL police sergeant a fair trial.
The judge denied the defense request for a Mistrial and now double jeopardy is firmly attached if for no other reason on the judge’s comments to the jury alone.
Burmila tried to resolve the issue with an inappropriate compromise solution to strike the entire testimony of a witness. The Peterson defense team turned that down simply because this was an all or noting proposition.
Burmila apparently struck a portion of the testimony from the record but that action was a woefully inadequate remedy for this intentional prosecutorial misconduct.
The Peterson trial is in such a shambles now, that no appeals court could ever affirm Judge Burmila’s denial of the mistrial. I doubt that they’d ever allow for another trial under the circumstances.
It’s so obvious to the legal community that the state instigated a mistrial because they are unable to proceed. For Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, it is the easiest and cheapest way to fold his cards and somehow save face.
In two days there were two egregious violations by the prosecution that were unforgivable. Will County prosecutors have forever tainted the jury.
I know that prosecutors are dealing with witnesses that have blabbed numerous conflicting and ever more embellished versions of their stories to anyone who would listen. It will take a bus to transport potential impeachment witnesses in to testify once the defense begins. The prosecution witnesses have enjoyed their attachment to this celebrity driven case to the chagrin of prosecutors that now must try and rehabilitate them. It will prove impossible.
Too many of the state’s witnesses are unreliable, drug dependent convicted criminals but it’s likely that this critical information will be withheld from the jury.
Additionally several of the state’s witnesses will gain financially only if Peterson is convicted. We all know how money corrupts. Might some of the near-do-well, heavily tattooed and pierced relatives of Kathleen Savio be on the road to perjure their way to wealth?
Stay tuned because there are more fireworks to come!