Can Drew Peterson Win his Case?

Can Drew Peterson Win his Case?

The big news in the Chicago area this month is the murder trial of former Will county police officer Drew Peterson who is accused of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio who had supposedly drowned in her bath tub many years ago after their divorce. After Peterson’s forth wife disappeared in 2007, on the urging of her family, Savio’s body was exhumed and they found no traces of water her lungs.

Drew Peterson has become a household name after his much younger forth wife, Stacy Petersen disappeared. What started out as a missing person’s case turned into a circus as the prosecutors began looking closer at this man, Drew Peterson questioning why his wives seem to end up dead or missing. The odds of this happening are slim.

Mr. Peterson is a media favorite who plays well to the cameras. He reminds me of another famous Illinois person, our former Governor Rod Blagojevich who was convicted and is now serving time in a Denver Colorado prison. Though his case was not criminally related, he still broke the law by trying to sell the Illinois senate seat.

At least Blago was not accused of murder. Mr. Peterson has served over three years time in a Joliet jail, where he has been held awaiting his trial. He has his own “dream team” of local lawyers, who seem giddy with excitement that their client will never get convicted of murdering his third wife Savio.

The case against Peterson is based on hearsay and a comment made by him allegedly saying, “I am going to kill my wife.” This, of course, doesn’t prove he did it. The prosecutors need to prove that he did kill his deceased wife. It’s a tough case to convict and one that will be remembered for a long time.

The town of Joliet and Will county stand to lose a lot of money if  prosecutor James Glasgow and his team lose the case, not only in monies spent trying the case, but for a “wrongful arrest” allegation that surely Mr. Peterson will file if he wins his case. My opinion is that the prosecutors never had a good case and held Mr. Peterson based on the frustration and emotionally infused feelings after he was in the media talking to the press.

And, the question remains, what happened to his forth wife? Where is she and why did she leave? Did Mr. Peterson kill her and dispose of the body? This case is really a trial about Stacy Peterson, not Kathleen Savio. The case frustrates many that believe Mr. Peterson is guilty, yet it can’t be proved. This case is reminiscent of the Natalie Holloway case, where we may never know the true story of what happened to her.

May they all rest I peace away from their traumatic end to their lives and their killers be punished in the end when they meet their own destiny.

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  • Stacy was the 4th wife. And both Drew and Blago have the same publicist.*

    Hearsay may be admissible without violating the 6th Amendment, but won't prove the case--the prosecutor still has to prove the murder beyond a reasonable doubt using circumstantial evidence. The jury will have to determine that one.

    Another issue, typified by the R Kelly case (and the OJ-Nichole Brown case) is that while local yokel prosecutors can get convictions, generally not if the defendant has competent representation. Glasgow almost blew it by getting called on introducing evidence he couldn't link to Drew, resulting in a mistrial without an opportunity for a retrial. Thus, while you can't believe the defense lawyers who go on camera with a script (ask Jim Thompson's client about that), I'm not betting that county State's Attorneys are going to present a case competently.

    Finally, a wrongful arrest suit requires not only an acquittal, but also a finding that there never was probable cause. Drew may file, but he probably won't win, especially since both the Third District Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court found grounds for holding him.

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    *Reports are that any mention of Stacy is prejudicial error. Also, Craig Stebic must be teed that he doesn't get any publicity.

  • Thanks, Jack for your comment. I agree that Mr. Glasgow and his team are not going to present a case to convict Mr. Peterson. It's a difficult case to prove and these guys are not accustomed to dealing with a case of this magnitude. It will be interesting to see if he gets acquitted. I think there is still a possibility he will.

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