I've never met Drew Peterson
But like most people I do have an opinion about him.
I believe Drew Peterson is a woman murdering scumbag.
I believe he uses and disposes of women when they wise up to his philandering ways.
I intensely dislike him.
He is a disgrace to men and police officers. He comes off as a misogynistic bully with a badge.
Yet saying all of that, he should not have been convicted on hearsay evidence.
The Confrontation Clause of the Sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that "in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right…to be confronted with the witnesses against him."
I believe that Mr. Peterson being a veteran law enforcement officer knew how to conceal and destroy evidence.
I believe that he played a huge part in his fourth wife Stacy's disappearance.
Here's the rub---believing something is not the same as proving something in a court of law.
As much as Mr. Peterson makes my skin crawl when I see his image on T.V. , there is no way I would have convicted him based on hearsay testimony.
So few things unite politicians in our great state but "Drew's Law" seems to have been one of them. The law admits hearsay evidence if prosecutors believe the victim was killed to prevent his or her testimony.
As much as I'm inclined to like the law, it is a major step backwards in jurisprudence and yet another uppercut to the Constitution.
Ladies and gentlemen, this is an assault on your rights. Just because it happened to someone that is so unlikeable doesn't mean it can't happen to you. This is a scary and slippery slope.
Unfortunately the appeals will keep Mr. Peterson in the news---probably all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Unless new evidence is found in the death of his third wife or his fourth wife Stacy reappears, it may take a few years, but he will be set free.
We know he's laughing at the pain of the families. We know he's laughing at the legal system. We know that when he's free to live his life again (with his full pension) he'll resume the wooing of as many women who will allow themselves to be used for his pleasure.
He's not changing.
But this is not the way to get him.
Taking down one of our basic rights and a tenent of the Constitution for Drew Peterson? It shouldn't have happened.
Despite the fact everything within me says he did it and he should be thrown in Statesville, I have to call "bullshit" on this unjust conviction.
I (and you) should complain loudly about this "law" so the rest of us won't be put in jail on what could potentially be the unsubstantiated words of another.
Don't the let Drew's smirking mug cloud the issue for you.