07-15-2010, 08:57 AM #61
Peterson lawyers try again for jail release
Drew Peterson's lawyers will take another shot at getting the retired police officer out of jail while an unexpected appeal delays his murder trial.
In a sharply worded motion sent to the Illinois Appellate Court on Wednesday, the defense team argued that Peterson is neither a threat to society nor a flight risk.
"Notwithstanding a very public investigation, and a stated desire to bring charges, at no time did Drew ever attempt to flee from the jurisdiction of the court," the motion stated. "The prosecution has never claimed he is a flight risk. There would be no merit to any suggestion that he would have the capacity or desire to flee if freed pending this appeal."JMO
07-15-2010, 09:01 AM #62
Joseph "Shark" Lopez, another of the Peterson's attorneys, said the appeal process could last as long as two years. With Peterson unable to post his $20 million bond and sitting in jail for more than 14 months already, Brodsky accused Glasgow of keeping his client locked up for no other reason than to mete out punishment to a man who should be presumed innocent.
"I think they want to punish him," Brodsky said. "If we really believe in the presumption of innocence, Drew should be let go."
Glasgow's spokesman, Charles B. Pelkie, disputed Brodsky's version of why prosecutors want to keep Peterson behind bars.
"Certainly not," Pelkie said, adding, "We presented information and compelling reasons for the bond remaining the same during the pendency of this appeal."JMO
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