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Paintr
07-29-2009, 08:34 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/drew.peterson.trial.2.1105631.html


Drew Peterson's murder trial could get moved out of Will County, as his attorney says he can't get a fair trial there.


Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, told CBS 2 Tuesday night that media attention is jeopardizing his client's right to a fair trial.

ohiogirl
07-29-2009, 09:41 AM
I think they should move it. He doesn't need any excuse for an appeal once he is convicted. JMO of course.

stillblv
07-29-2009, 11:34 AM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/drew.peterson.trial.2.1105631.html


Drew Peterson's murder trial could get moved out of Will County, as his attorney says he can't get a fair trial there.


Peterson's attorney, Joel Brodsky, told CBS 2 Tuesday night that media attention is jeopardizing his client's right to a fair trial.

I'd like to hear what county Brodsky thinks he CAN get a fair trial in then, after his and his "client's" shenanigans that they orchestrated themselves to gain attention.

Peculiar Petunia
07-29-2009, 11:54 AM
They might be able to move it way downstate. Richard Speck was tried in Peoria. And there's a lot of Illinois further south than that.

Paintr
07-29-2009, 01:17 PM
But of course Mr Brodsky is blaming all the publicity on the SA's office and LE and is collecting examples. :rolleyes:

I hope the SA's office is also collecting examples...such as 'win a date with Mr Peterson'.

I do not care where they try him just as long as they do! And find him guilty!

Peculiar Petunia
07-29-2009, 01:40 PM
But of course Mr Brodsky is blaming all the publicity on the SA's office and LE and is collecting examples. :rolleyes:

I hope the SA's office is also collecting examples...such as 'win a date with Mr Peterson'.

I do not care where they try him just as long as they do! And find him guilty!

I could see this trainwreck rolling down the track (to mess a metaphor) a long time ago. I think Brodsky is angling for a trial in a city like Decatur or Danville.

mysteriew
07-29-2009, 04:34 PM
I think the judge will look at media for examples of the LE and state putting info out there. He will look at the internet postings and websites on the case. He will also look at interviews by the family. He will weigh that with the fact that a woman was missing and the need for media exposure to help in the search for her. Then he will also examine the local and national intervews given by DrewP and Brodsky. And the clowning that DrewP did on camera and radio. And the interview that DrewP gave from jail. The fact that Brodsky and DrewP hired a publicist (and the state didn't). And the book in which DrewP was interviewed extensively.

I think he will come to several conclusions. The defendant's case is well known both in the state and outside the state. There has been a mix of articles accusing and defending the defendant. The defendant seemed to enjoy and instigate the media attention. And there is no where the case could be taken to that didn't know at least something about the case. I think he will rule the case stays right where it is.

Paintr
07-29-2009, 05:04 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1684352,4_1_JO25_PETERSON_S1-090725.article

The attorney, Joel Brodsky, claimed Country Mutual Insurance Company is responsible for covering Peterson's defense against a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of his slain third wife, Kathleen Savio, said Keith G. Carlson, a lawyer representing the insurance outfit.

Will the civil trial be held in Will County? Does anyone know if the wrongful death suit will be heard first?

Peculiar Petunia
07-30-2009, 10:43 AM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1684352,4_1_JO25_PETERSON_S1-090725.article

The attorney, Joel Brodsky, claimed Country Mutual Insurance Company is responsible for covering Peterson's defense against a wrongful-death suit filed by the family of his slain third wife, Kathleen Savio, said Keith G. Carlson, a lawyer representing the insurance outfit.

Will the civil trial be held in Will County? Does anyone know if the wrongful death suit will be heard first?

Interesting! Unless SP had what is called an "umbrella policy," that dog won't hunt. Not all that many people buy that sort of policy: it's more for people that have a lot of assets that could be seized in case of a huge situation with enormous liabilities.

If the civil trial takes place, it might be in Bloomington (Maclean Co.), home of the insurer. Interesting question.

Leila
07-30-2009, 01:44 PM
I'd like to hear what county Brodsky thinks he CAN get a fair trial in then, after his and his "client's" shenanigans that they orchestrated themselves to gain attention.

Most of the publicity surrounding this case has come from both DP and JB and their stunts for media attention. I hope the judge takes this into consideration when making a decision to move the trial.

This case made national headlines for months and there's no putting the genie back in the bottle after the genie's out. I don't see how moving the trial to another county in Illinois is going to insure DP getting a fair trial...........the publicity is national.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 04:40 PM
http://mystateline.com/content/fulltext/?cid=87591

Drew Peterson's attorney has asked a judge to move the accused murderer's trial out of Illinois' Will County.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 04:42 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-drewpeterson-venu,0,2733245.story

Drew Peterson's attorney is trying to get the former police sergeant's murder trial moved out of the county where he's charged because of what he calls extensive and inflammatory media coverage.

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The motion is scheduled to be heard in Will County on Aug. 14.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 04:44 PM
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/Drew-Peterson-Cant-Get-Fair-Murder-Trial-Here-Change-of-Venue-52083967.html

The Drew Peterson Road Show

The man Chicago loves to hate, Drew Peterson, wants to take his murder trial on the road.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 04:45 PM
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=6940142

Brodsky says the media attention to the trial is jeopardizing Peterson's right to a fair trial.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 04:58 PM
"extensive and inflammatory "

Those words from the news article above just about describe the media stunts pulled by Mr Brodsky's client. IMO So I guess Mr Brodsky has it right that there was such coverage.

Now the judge might have some questions or comments about just who 'caused' the media uproar.

It will be interesting to see if the judge agrees that the media coverage, regardless of who generated it, will now interfere with Mr Peterson's fair trial. I think the change will be granted.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 07:57 PM
http://www.chicagobreakingnews.com/2009/07/drew-peterson-asks-judge-to-move-trial.html

Joel Brodsky earlier had signaled his intention of doing either that or asking that jurors be selected from another county, arguing that widespread publicity would make it difficult for the former Bolingbrook police sergeant to get a fair trial.

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Today's filing cites stories about Peterson that ran in the Chicago Tribune, CNN, Huffington Post and local television stations. Some of the stories detailing the order of protection Savio took out against Peterson and the letters she mailed out before her death exposed jurors to "highly significant information which may not be admissible at trial," the motion says.





Very interesting article which outlines more of Mr Brodsky's claims and comments from the SA office.

Paintr
07-30-2009, 11:57 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/heraldnews/news/1693432,Peterson-change-of-venue-JO073009.article

In his motion, Brodsky blamed the media for having "prejudiced the jury pool," and claimed the Internet search engine Google returned 2.95 million results for Drew Peterson.

"This is almost double the amount of results of a Google search for 'Rod Blagojevich,'" according to the motion.

Peterson and Blagojevich share more than millions of Google results. The disgraced former Bolingbrook cop and the disgraced former Illinois governor are represented by the same Florida-based publicist. Brodsky's law firm is also represented by the publicist.

Paintr
07-31-2009, 08:21 AM
http://www.southtownstar.com/news/1693956,073109peterson.article

"The state's attorney has adopted a very strict interpretation of the Supreme Court rules regarding pretrial publicity," Pelkie said. "We follow both the spirit and the letter of those rules. We release only information that the public has a right to know. We've taken every step possible to ensure that this office did not contribute to the media frenzy that surrounded this case."

athy
07-31-2009, 12:55 PM
do they really think it will matter where the trail is held? geez, like people don't have a brain and won't find it suspicous he has one ex dead and one wife "missing" and put two and two together.

Paintr
07-31-2009, 05:52 PM
Since this trial will be about the death of Kathleen, I wonder if the jury will ever hear about the fact that Stacy is missing. I believe the SA will only be allowed to bring forth evidence regarding Kathleen's death. Since Mr Peterson has not been charged for Stacy's death, I think nothing pertaining to Stacy will be allowed. Maybe someone with more legal knowledge can correct me if I have it wrong. :)

Peculiar Petunia
07-31-2009, 06:33 PM
Since this trial will be about the death of Kathleen, I wonder if the jury will ever hear about the fact that Stacy is missing. I believe the SA will only be allowed to bring forth evidence regarding Kathleen's death. Since Mr Peterson has not been charged for Stacy's death, I think nothing pertaining to Stacy will be allowed. Maybe someone with more legal knowledge can correct me if I have it wrong. :)

You probably have more legal knowledge than I do, Paintr, but I think you are correct. :) I don't think it can be used as a pattern of abuse. Would the fact Stacy's disappearance happened afterward also play a role in admissibility?:confused:

mitzi
07-31-2009, 10:24 PM
Since this trial will be about the death of Kathleen, I wonder if the jury will ever hear about the fact that Stacy is missing. I believe the SA will only be allowed to bring forth evidence regarding Kathleen's death. Since Mr Peterson has not been charged for Stacy's death, I think nothing pertaining to Stacy will be allowed. Maybe someone with more legal knowledge can correct me if I have it wrong. :)

Wouldn't Stacy come into this trial if the hearsay law is used? ie. what Stacy told her pastor about Drew admitting to killing Kathleen.

Cassata11
08-01-2009, 04:04 PM
I say, bring it to McHenry County. And I hope I am called.

impatientredhead
08-04-2009, 05:00 AM
Since this trial will be about the death of Kathleen, I wonder if the jury will ever hear about the fact that Stacy is missing. I believe the SA will only be allowed to bring forth evidence regarding Kathleen's death. Since Mr Peterson has not been charged for Stacy's death, I think nothing pertaining to Stacy will be allowed. Maybe someone with more legal knowledge can correct me if I have it wrong. :)

It is unlikely that anything about Stacy will be admitted into this trial. Even if he had been charged with Stacy's murder that is different than a conviction, and prior records are generally only admissable during the penalty phase.

They could possibly call Stacy's pastor under the hearsay law, indicating only that he was the pastor of Drew's next wife, but in this trial or in Stacy's I think they will avoid using this type of testimony if at all possible. This is a new law, unused and untested by any cases that have used it being appealed and upheld. They are not going to want this high of a profile case being overturned so I would expect that they will not use it unless they absolutely need it.

Paintr
08-12-2009, 06:32 PM
http://www.examiner.com/x-15948-Homicide-Examiner~y2009m8d11-Will-Drew-Petersons-dead-third-wife-testify-at-his-trial

The change of venue motion is scheduled to be heard in Will County southwest of Chicago, on Aug. 14.

Paintr
08-13-2009, 11:47 PM
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/drew-peterson-court-trial-move-081409-53173227.html

Friday is D-Day for Drew's Road Show

The request cites the saturation of coverage in newspapers, on television and online which, according to his attorney, makes it difficult for the former Bolingbrook police sergeant to get a fair trial.

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If unmoved, the trial will be held in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet.

RayStar
08-14-2009, 06:36 AM
Brodsky needs to convince his client to confess and take a plea. Save the state money and the families further pain.
Every time the media shows the clip of him in his orange j/suit talking to the inmates as he enters the jail house, I want to slap him sane.
If moving the case will lessen the event of a mistrial or some other nonsense, I guess it will be ok.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 07:47 AM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-drewpeterson-cour,0,439480.story

One issue that may come up is all the media attention that both Peterson and his attorney Joel Brodsky have courted. Both have talked extensively to the press and have appeared on radio programs and national television shows.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 08:41 AM
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/lo

The defense team filed a motion last month for a change of venue due to the massive media coverage the case is attracting. Earlier this week, Drew Peterson's attorneys filed a 29-page motion to have the new Illinois hearsay law - nicknamed "Drew's Law" - declared unconstitutional. Defense attorneys say the state statute cannot be used against Drew Peterson because it was passed four years after the events he is accused of.
"The criminal law cannot relate back. It cannot change the rules of evidence in the middle of the game, so to speak," said Joel Brodsky, Drew Peterson's attorney.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 12:44 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/foxvalleysun/news/1716632,Peterson-hearing_jo081409.article

Peterson hearing halted for potential jurors

An expected hearing on a motion for a change of venue in the Drew Peterson case was delayed this morning when the judge told the courtroom he planned to bring some 240 potential jurors into the courtroom.

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Jurors also will be given a questionnaire that among other things lists some 493 potential witnesses in the case. Potential jurors will be asked to indicate if they have any connection with them.

All reporters were then ordered out of the courtroom.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 12:46 PM
http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=10931313

The judge assigned to Drew Peterson's murder trial is asking potential Will County jurors to fill out questionnaires even though the former police officer wants his trial moved.

Judge Stephen White on Friday said he'll have 240 people fill out the questionnaire - the first step in jury selection - although no trial date has been set.

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White says he's proceeding under the assumption the trial will be in Will County. He says he's trying to protect a jury pool by warning them not to read or listen to reports about the case.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 12:50 PM
http://www.wrex.com/Global/story.asp?S=10931313

A hearing was set for later Friday on Peterson's request to move the trial out of Will County because of pretrial publicity.

stillblv
08-14-2009, 12:53 PM
http://www.kwqc.com/Global/story.asp?S=10931313

The judge assigned to Drew Peterson's murder trial is asking potential Will County jurors to fill out questionnaires even though the former police officer wants his trial moved.

Judge Stephen White on Friday said he'll have 240 people fill out the questionnaire - the first step in jury selection - although no trial date has been set.

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White says he's proceeding under the assumption the trial will be in Will County. He says he's trying to protect a jury pool by warning them not to read or listen to reports about the case.

oooh oooh pick me! pick me!

Paintr
08-14-2009, 01:00 PM
oooh oooh pick me! pick me!

I was thinking the same thing! LOL!

TallCoolOne
08-14-2009, 01:20 PM
oooh oooh pick me! pick me!<TCO jumping up and down, waving her hand high> Me too! Me too!!!!!!

Paintr
08-14-2009, 01:20 PM
http://cbs2chicago.com/wireapnewsil/Peterson.judge.to.2.1128128.html

The judge assigned to Drew Peterson's murder trial is asking potential Will County jurors to fill out questionnaires even though the former police officer wants his trial moved.

I wonder what Mr Brodsky's reaction to this will be? Maybe it will turn out good for his client if the answers on the questionares indicate that the trial should be moved.:waitasec:

Paintr
08-14-2009, 02:23 PM
http://www.wandtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=10931799

Peterson judge tells potential jurors to shun news

Peterson is a former Bolingbrook police officer who's charged in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

He stood and greeted potential jurors as they entered the courtroom Friday.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 03:11 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,539520,00.html

Illinois Murder Suspects Drew Peterson and Greg Long Say Cases Flawed Because of Same Coroner

Long and Peterson are both behind bars fighting murder charges. And the lives of both suspects could come down to what one man, forensic pathologist Dr. Bryan R. Mitchell, had to say. Long believes the connection is so significant that he pleaded for help after realizing the coincidence.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 03:17 PM
http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local-beat/The-Drews-and-Drew-Nots-of-Petersons-Trial-53238202.html

The Drews and Drew Nots of Peterson's Trial


The judge advised the pool he had no plans to sequester Peterson's jury, and had no intention of holding a trial, which would last many months.

Peterson arrived from the jail shackled, wearing a gray pinstriped suit, but the shackles were removed before potential jurors entered the courtroom. When he was introduced, Peterson smiled and said, "Good day folks, how are you?"

http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory?id=8330124

White also set an Oct. 2 hearing on a motion filed by Peterson's attorneys challenging the constitutionality of a hearsay law passed in Illinois in 2008 and widely viewed as a response to the case.

Carolina Girl
08-14-2009, 03:28 PM
Oh I want him to suffer for what he has apparently done.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 07:42 PM
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5g6BDgiLvpu6u3ubvg4R8tDuw8YTwD9A2TGUO0

Judge to rule Oct. 2 on moving Drew Peterson case

Peterson attorney Reem Odeh said much of the intense publicity surrounding the case has been negative and inflammatory, making it impossible for Peterson to get a fair trial in Will County. She said there also was a chance Peterson arrested or ticketed potential jurors or their family members during his three decades as a police officer.

Prosecutors said there is no reason to move the case, especially since Peterson and his attorneys courted much of the publicity on television and radio shows. But Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow says he'd agree to a venue change if it became clear during jury selection that a fair trial was impossible.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 07:51 PM
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/peterson.venue.change.2.1128180.html

Kathleen Savio's sister disagrees.

"I think he just loves that media attention... but this is not a laughing matter. This is very serious, it affects our family, and it's for the mother of the two boys. This is Kathleen," said Sue Doman, Savio's sister.

Doman says she's confident that Peterson will be convicted of her sister no matter where the trial is heard. She says she'll be there to represent her sister's interests no matter how far she has to travel.

She also says she wants Peterson to spend the rest of his life in prison. She believes that would be a worse punishment than being sentenced to death.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-il-drewpeterson-tria,0,2798767.story

JOLIET, Ill. - A Will County judge says he'll decide Oct. 2 if Drew Peterson's murder trial should be moved because of pretrial publicity.

Judge Stephen White listened Friday to arguments from both sides. Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Paintr
08-14-2009, 10:55 PM
http://www.suburbanchicagonews.com/bolingbrooksun/news/1716632,Peterson-hearing_jo081409.article

Will County Judge Stephen White heard arguments from both sides Friday. At the end of a brief afternoon hearing, he decided to take the matter under advisement.

Although he was willing to announce his decision early next week, Peterson's lawyers instead asked for the October court date.

http://www.dailyherald.com/story/?id=313812

White will rule on the change-of-venue request Oct. 2 but, in the meantime, he brought in the large pool of potential panelists early to try to limit further media exposure. Potential jurors also filled out a lengthy questionnaire that included the names of 493 potential witnesses to ensure all are unknown to them.

Lawyers won't start questioning members of the pool, though, until the trial starts. A date hasn't been set, but the defense team said it may begin later this year. They said Peterson, who has been held since May 7 in the Will County jail on a $20 million bond, is eager to try to win his freedom.

Peculiar Petunia
08-14-2009, 11:09 PM
Paintr--I see that you provided links from Rockford and Decatur TV stations. Are you thinking one of those two locales might be a new venue?

Paintr
08-15-2009, 12:23 AM
Paintr--I see that you provided links from Rockford and Decatur TV stations. Are you thinking one of those two locales might be a new venue?

I confess that I have very little knowledge of Illinois. Those stations seem to be giving updates so maybe the media might be leaning that way.:waitasec:

Frankly, by Oct 2nd, I'll bet the place for trial will be chosen and discarded several times (at least mentally) by the court. LOL! Mr Peterson's personality seems to be far reaching, so the trial may have to go international or maybe even farther than that. :beamup:

robthomaseyes
08-25-2009, 10:03 PM
Is Drew Peterson still in jail?

mitzi
08-26-2009, 03:20 AM
Is Drew Peterson still in jail?

Most definitely!

Paintr
09-10-2009, 09:43 AM
http://incoldblogger.blogspot.com/2009/09/drew-petersons-pucker-factor.html

Prosecutors in Illinois potentially get two whacks at him.


A lengthy grand jury investigation into the deaths of both Mrs. Petersons resulted in only one murder indictment, for the death of wife number three, Kathleen Savio.


Savio's death was initially ruled an accident, but after the exhumation of her remains in 2007, two new autopsies--one by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden--reclassified her death as a homicide.


"I don't think there's any possibility this was an accident, and I don't think there's any indication this was suicide," Dr. Baden told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren. "It's my opinion, to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that it's a homicide."

Prosecutors could go after Drew Peterson again for the disappearance and presumed death of Stacy Peterson. Depending on what happens at his upcoming trial, Peterson may find himself in the dock facing a second murder charge.

lovelabs
09-10-2009, 10:20 AM
Thanks for keeping us updated on this case Paintr.

I really would like to see this guy go DOWN!!!!!

Peculiar Petunia
09-11-2009, 11:13 AM
Hope the GA case mentioned in Paintr's link is the beginning of a trend.

Paintr
09-21-2009, 03:33 PM
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-peterson-legal-help-18sep18,0,586556.story

To help get a handle on about 40,000 pages of discovery documents in the Drew Peterson murder trial, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant's attorneys have brought on a team of recent law-school graduates and third-year law students.

A court order allowing daily face-to-face visits with Peterson's legal team was recently expanded to include Michael Raff, Anthony Nehme and Kendall Hartsfield. Joel Brodsky, one of Peterson's attorneys, said third-year student Melissa Anderson also is assisting.

"It's the crème de la crème," said Brodsky, declining to say whether they are getting paid.

Leila
10-02-2009, 04:42 PM
According to this article on Fox News, the judge has ordered that Drew Peterson's trial will remain in Will County.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,559282,00.html?test=latestnews

passionflower
10-03-2009, 05:16 PM
Hearsay law will come into trial
Joel B is very upset.....just on HLN!

Leila
10-06-2009, 12:26 AM
Hearsay law will come into trial
Joel B is very upset.....just on HLN!

Now that the judge has denied moving the trial out of Will County, has there been a date set for trial? For some reason, I seem to remember early next year being mentioned some time ago.