Sunday, February 21, 2010

Making Drew Rich

We'll start by saying we believe Drew Peterson to be guilty of any number of crimes. It's our opinion, we're entitled to it, we don't have to back it up with anything but a gut feeling, and it tells us Drew is a slick character. If you ever have to deal with him, check your wallet and count your fingers afterward. Twice.

But this prosecutor in Will County is going to cost the taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police sergeant, likely killed his 23-year-old wife Stacy using a choke hold in their bedroom on the Sunday morning family and friends first noticed she disappeared, Will County's top prosecutor said today.

    State's Attorney James Glasgow, who referred to Peterson as a "knucklehead" and "hideous B-movie stalker," laid out for the first time a theory of how Stacy, who disappeared in 2007, was killed.

    Glasgow's comments came during closing arguments in a unique pretrial hearing on whether hearsay statements can be heard by a jury in Peterson's upcoming trial for the 2004 drowning death of third wife Kathleen Savio.

Is there blood? DNA? Any form of scratch marks, claw marks, body fluids, spatter evidence, grainy gas station video, tollway receipts, cell phone pings, anything remotely available that ties Drew to a crime?

Nope.

And this Will County State's Attorney, who enjoys prosecutorial immunity, is saying Drew strangled Stacy using a choke hold in the bedroom on a Sunday morning? Based on what? A guess? A gut feeling? You can have all the gut feelings you want, but you can't prosecute based on a gut feeling and you can't stand the criminal justice system on its head because the guy making a monkey out of you is a "B-movie stalker." This isn't a game of Clue.

Here's the intelligent thing to do - suspend the case. Wait it out. There is no statute of limitations on murder. At some point, a body turns up, someone recalls a pickup truck driving by in the dead of night, technology catches up with the crime - it took 14 years for the Brown's Chicken massacre to come to trial. The system gets there, albeit not as fast as we like sometimes, but it gets to the finish line in some form or another.

Drew outsmarted the system for the time being. It happens sometimes, especially with psychopaths. But Drew has gotten a taste of publicity and he can't help but taunt the powers that be with how smart he is. Play to it and he'll screw up somewhere if he's guilty. Go to trial on this weak ass "hearsay" evidence that flies in the face of 230 years of law and Will County will blow what may be a single chance to bring a killer to justice. Not only that, the taxpayers will end up paying for lawyers, damages and Drew's ego-maniacal pathology to the tune of millions.

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53 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Isn't there such a thing as prosecutorial misconduct, similar to what the prosecutor in the Duke Lacrosse team debacle was charged with?

You're likely right, SCC. This guy will spend millions in tax dollars on a prosecution that will probably be overturned, just because Peterson is making them look like monkeys. Peterson's enjoying this all the while.

2/21/2010 12:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If anyone has ever seen Glasgow's he walks around like an arrogant tool. I have a distinct hate for prosecutors who grandstand. Its that arrogance that makes prosecutors so dangerous. They have the power to indict ANYONE with a scant of evidence.

2/21/2010 02:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Things will only change when States Attorneys and Judges are able to get sued.

2/21/2010 02:51:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree... drew was arrested way too early. they should have taken the time to build a solid case. This assho*e deserves to go to jail.. I know hes guilty... everyone knows he is guilty but you still need to prove it in court. Unfortunatly I dont think they have enough to get a conviction. I really wish they could have waited... as you said scc, no statute of limitations on murder.. this is a political prosecution that can backfire. if the prosecutors would have waited they could have built a better case and put this sorry excuse of a police officer away for good. Im proud to be a police officer.. this guy is just a wanna be jag*ff.. gives us all a bad name. I hope that he gets convicted and the families of the girls can get some closure.

2/21/2010 03:34:00 AM  
Blogger Too Many Rectums said...

SCC, you're right on target with this case. Glasgow is using the Peterson case to further his political career; in other words, he'd rather stay working on the public dole as Will County States Attorney than venture back into the private sector of vulturous ambulance chasing lawyers. This case won't come to trial until Glasgow has his next election and the rotten asshole will probably gets reelected. Like you, I believe Peterson is guilty; but you'd better have legitimate evidence if you want a conviction.

Anybody with a law or law enforcement background realizes Glasgow is fucked with this case. This is a horseshit case based on hearsay evidence. Unfortunately for Peterson, the citizens of Will County trust their States Attorney to be a man of honor. And a bunch of horseshit that is.

If Too Many Rectums had a blog like you and Shaved, I'd list Glasgow as my Chief of Assholes because of the shit coming out of his mouth.

One last thing: You're absolutely right about the technology aspect of solving murders. Too all you husbands thinking of pulling a "Drew" on the ol' lady, technology will eventually get you.

2/21/2010 03:53:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The difference between US and THEM:
We have to play by the rules, they don't. We knew this when we came on the job, and if you don't like quit, or change the rules legit.

2/21/2010 06:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Imagine if the wife is his partner in a big scam and she really is alive and in hiding, waiting for the right time to surface.And then- what a payoff. Not likley but interesting.

2/21/2010 06:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't agree, SCC. I don't believe his Stacy's body will ever surface. Drew may be a gum smacking smart aleck, but he's not stupid. After he got away with his third wife's murder, and decided to kill the fourth, he had all the time in the world to put her somewhere that will never be found. Kind of a weekend project out there in DuPage County - dig, dig, dig, then dig some more.
So, to wait for more time to build a case? nope - nothing more can be built. There is an outcry witness - Tom Morphy - who helped Drew carry a container downstairs at his home. And, like a child molester, he picked his helper quite well, a drunk whose done time in rehab - whose gonna believe him? No, I think this is the only way - using Drew's Law - to attempt to get the s.o.b. Glasgow is a strutter - but at least Drew will be sitting through the conclusion of this hearing. My money is on the Judge allowing most of the hearsay into trial - and then Drew can sit some more.

2/21/2010 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And this Will County State's Attorney, who enjoys prosecutorial immunity, is saying Drew strangled Stacy using a choke hold in the bedroom on a Sunday morning?

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

I agree SCC, Peterson is a worm, but the above statement sounds like something from a game of Clue, not something that a trained, supposedly informed lawyer would say. Especially one who is supposed to be a specialist in the prosecution of criminal cases. What a goof! Didn't these idiots learn anything from the Rolando Cruz investigation?

2/21/2010 07:31:00 AM  
Anonymous HeadLice said...

Spot On, Detective.

Your posting should be required reading for anyone who gives a fuck.

2/21/2010 07:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What ever happen to the weapons charges against him for having a M4 with a 14 inch barrel? I wonder if he had to pass a power test to get it way back when?

2/21/2010 07:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't doubt for a second that he killed both of these women, but when a state makes changes to laws and admissable evidence in an attempt at a conviction we should all be alittle bit worried.

2/21/2010 07:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you SCC, for writing this so clearly. There are so many flaws in the current prosecution of Peterson that it makes me ill. I hate it when courts turn into circuses -- or parodies of bad reality TV.

Peterson is an ego-maniac -- with time his behavior will catch up with him.

-- a lawyer.

2/21/2010 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are assuming the prosecutor cares. He's set it up so he wins. If he convinces a judge or jury (I'd take a bench if I was the defense), he gets a convinction. If he loses, he still runs for re-election as the guy who stood up for Stacy and whatever the other ones name is. He'll blame the lack of evidence but portray himself as the guy who couldn't just sit by.

He's playing this for politics.

2/21/2010 08:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sgt. Drew a murderer? Bwaahahahaha!

C'mon now, what other conspiracy theory do you want us to believe?

Athlete OJ ?


P.S. To those of you that just did a vaudeville spit-take on your computer screen, lighten up Francis, it's called sarcasm. Cheez.

2/21/2010 08:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

YOU CANT BE FOUND GUILTY OF MURDER IF THERE WAS NEVER A MURDER TO BEGIN WITH , YOU STILL NEED THE BODY / STACY.

2/21/2010 08:36:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This Post Is Just Another Reason Why SSC Is So Important.
The Average Citizen Does Not Realize The Prosecutor Does Not Have A Case.
The Average News Person Does Not Realize The Prosecution is Blowing It Big Time.
These Facts Must Be Told.

2/21/2010 09:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SCC,
You slipped with the Brown's Chicken comment.
No Death Penalty = No Justice!!

Sometimes you'll never win...in this State.

2/21/2010 09:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Glasgow is the Will County State's Attorney. Typical incompetent Dumbocrat.

2/21/2010 09:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This case is even more tainted than the OJ case. The media has run riot over this and he can never get a untainted jusy now. The lawyers and county officials just have to have time in front of the camera.
I just got back from Asia, some ex-pats there were asking me about the case! When even people in Hong Kong have seen the media circus, where can you find a unbaised jury?

2/21/2010 10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a shame that all this was done to appease the media.

2/21/2010 10:27:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The only problem is that I would bet that Stacy is in a landfill and if so, she will never be found, that I believe is why he has no worry about the body will ever be found.

2/21/2010 10:42:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

William Shakespeare's quote from Henry VI: "THE FIRST THING WE DO, LET'S KILL ALL THE LAWYERS."

Advice more comforting today than EVER!

2/21/2010 10:45:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait it out? But then how would the ASA make a name for himself prosecuting a cop? No, no, no. You go for it and get the publicity. Justice be damned and fuck the tax payers in your quest to get your name out. That's how it's done here in Illinois.

2/21/2010 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think he can suspend the Savio case. Drew has been arrested and charged and the "clock" starts ticking on this case. If his attorney, Brodsky, demands trial; Glascow has the alloted time to commence the trial. Any longer and Drew is free as a bird on Savio.

He should cut bait and concentrate on the Stacy case.

2/21/2010 11:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

One last thing: You're absolutely right about the technology aspect of solving murders. Too all you husbands thinking of pulling a "Drew" on the ol' lady, technology will eventually get you.
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More often then technology it is ego that will eventually get the bad guy in cases like this. They start to think they are such a genius and just have to brag about it to someone who rats them out.

Or sometimes bad luck happens.

That is the way virtually all cold cases are solved. Technology can help, but its usually not what actually does them in.

It appears there is little in the way of evidence to support a charge of murder at this point, or he would have been charged. Best to just wait it out and see if eventually he does himself in.

2/21/2010 11:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you cant try a case based off of emotion..

2/21/2010 11:38:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"prosecutorial immunity"..

only protects one from liability for "reasonable actions" - which of course is for higher courts to decide

2/21/2010 12:25:00 PM  
Anonymous OJ Peterson said...

One last thing: You're absolutely right about the technology aspect of solving murders. Too all you husbands thinking of pulling a "Drew" on the ol' lady, technology will eventually get you.

2/21/2010 03:53:00 AM
they still haven't found technology to defeat the antiquated blue barrel.

2/21/2010 01:43:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

the true reason they are going after drew is because he's a cop. i don't see citizen stebic (sp?) being charged with anything. but sgt drew is getting hit with everything. and i think they both live in the same county.

2/21/2010 02:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree, Drew is guilty of murder of both wives #3 & #4, he's a major league POS, and an embarrassment to all of us in blue.

But, making up laws that are a major violation of the US Constitution isn't right under any circumstances.

2/21/2010 02:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does everyone know that Stacey Peterson's mother went "missing" (for, like 5 years) before surfacing somewhere in the SW United States? You all might be surprised if this little witch pops up somewhere. Think of all the smiling, gloating and Good Morning America appearances Drew will be sprouting if she does.

Maybe it'$ all part of the plan.

2/21/2010 02:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

actially i would like to see glasgow prosecute the daley crime cabal on hearesay. boy would that be a trial

2/21/2010 03:01:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll go one step further-the reason the Will County States Attorney is empolying the newly enacted heresay law ex post facto is because the target is a white policeman. As despicable as his alleged crimes are he enjoys the same rights as OJ Simpson, Hubie Geralds, or any other accused criminal. Listening to the Jody Weis railroading of Bill Cozzi presented by Bill's lawyer during last weeks hearing proves once again white policeman seem to have greatly diminished protections afforded by the US Constitution at the hands of a dogass like Weis, or Glasgow.

Westside Sergeant

2/21/2010 03:03:00 PM  
Blogger Too Many Rectums said...

"Does everyone know that Stacey Peterson's mother went "missing" (for, like 5 years) before surfacing somewhere in the SW United States?"
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I didn't hear Stacy's mom reappearing. I thought she was still missing. Anybody have a media link to confirm?

2/21/2010 04:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe a body will turn up, maybe not.

Who knows? Maybe Stacy is sitting in a safe house somewhere, laughing her ass of as Drew wiggles and squirms like a worm on a hook.

Until they've got more evidence, they've got no case. And for the State's Attorney to start speculating on the manner of death is about the most ludicrous thing I've heard in this affair so far.

2/21/2010 05:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll bet that liberal asshat Anita Alvarez is turning green with envy knowing that Glasgow is prosecuting a cop for murder.

2/21/2010 07:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wonder why Drew is so cocky?

Drew had her secretly CREMATED!

He was alleged to have a part-timer at a crematorium.
I believe that the prosecutors have knowledge of this and since they can't provide the Corpus Delecti they have to grasp for straws with that 'hearsay' crap.

Now you know too.

2/21/2010 07:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

SA Glascow probably went ahead with this case partly to apease the Savio family, who was probably bugging him every day with "what are you doing?" They were raising political stink with nothing going on, so to keep them quiet, he pushed for a rewrite of hearsay and went ahead. He has nothing to lose. No matter how the case goes, he gets famous and becomes a media legal talking head and makes big money without ever having to step in a courtroom again.

2/21/2010 11:00:00 PM  
Blogger jeff9546 said...

Thank you SCC, for writing this so clearly. There are so many flaws in the current prosecution of Peterson that it makes me ill. I hate it when courts turn into circuses -- or parodies of bad reality TV.

Peterson is an ego-maniac -- with time his behavior will catch up with him.

-- a lawyer.

2/21/2010 08:22:00 AM

dear, -- a liar.

your whole(whore) profession makes me ill. i don't think you clowns can actually make decision for yourself in the morning about what tie to wear let alone having the balls to take a case of this nature. it's actually kind of refreshing to see that there is a asa that will actually prosecute. if this were cook county, and the defendant was a dirty gang banger, then drew would already be sentenced to time considered served and a stearn tongue lashing before he left county.

2/21/2010 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For the Shakespeare quoting "scholar" (and that is sarcasm): The line you quoted was said by a BAD GUY in a scheme to avoid being targeted by the law.

2/21/2010 11:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cop or not, the defendant is a boil on the butt of humanity and has obviously killed at least two people. Go after him. If you see his car, pull it over. If a citizen spots him, call it in. Make his life absolutely intolerable.

2/21/2010 11:18:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To ITK,

We think you're confusing what our commentators write with what we post. Try to differentiate between the two before you go off half-cocked.

2/21/2010 11:54:00 PM  
Blogger SCC said...

To the other mope comparing Drew to OJ not suing Marcia Clark and Chris Darden, there were little things all over the OJ trial called "evidence." Evidence led to a trial. The trail ended in an acquittal. You win some, you lose some.

With Peterson, the state is manufacturing evidence, which opens up the state to charges of willful misconduct and opens the taxpayer wallet, i.e. the Duke non-rape case.

2/22/2010 12:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cop or not, the defendant is a boil on the butt of humanity and has obviously killed at least two people. Go after him. If you see his car, pull it over. If a citizen spots him, call it in. Make his life absolutely intolerable.

2/21/2010 11:18:00 PM

That is not how the program works. You are advising harassment, which happens when people are desperate and do not have their ducks in a row. Patience is a virtue, and is also a necessity, in our criminal justice system. Hold your water. The truth will eventually be revealed.

I, for one, and it seems about the only one, truly hope he did not harm wife #3 and/or wife #4, not only for their sake, but to shove it down the throats of all you judgmental ass wipes.

2/22/2010 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's being framed. Pure and simple. Would you like hearsay allowed when IAD investigates yoy? Would you like hearsay allowed when the ghetto mutt and Loevey bring a suit against you?

This trial puts the American jurisprudence system on the same level with Salem Massachusets in 1650.

2/22/2010 12:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Drew was just being prosecuted for the "alleged" Savio death. I dont agree with letting all this heresay stuff in or making up specials laws for specific cases, but why in the world are they giving heresay testimony on the "alleged" death of Stacy? Are othey charginging him with that also? What relevance does the Stacy disappearence have in this case? Why were all those people able to speak about stacy in this murder trial for Savio?
I too believe he's guilty but this is a judicial sham not seen since Pontious Pilot.

2/22/2010 12:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I say it every time. Zealots...Zealots....Zealots.

There in the military, courts,
and in almost every police department in the country. They are the Cops that cops hate.

We have them in CPD. The Morals police who target citizens simply because they judge others. Yet they are the first to get into trouble because of their views. They often cause us to spend millions of dollars in litigations.

Zealots...Zealots....Zealots....I hate you.

2/22/2010 12:49:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
Cop or not, the defendant is a boil on the butt of humanity and has obviously killed at least two people. Go after him. If you see his car, pull it over. If a citizen spots him, call it in. Make his life absolutely intolerable.

2/21/2010 11:18:00

Spoken like a true American.

2/22/2010 01:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's creepy. Who would date that wrinkled old putz?

2/22/2010 04:04:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the ASA has immunity how is it going to cost the tax payers ???

2/22/2010 05:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Drew didn't do it.

He's lazier than cat shit and not a rocket surgeon either.

Bitch just took off like she'd done before.

Third wife's death? Who knows, but the time for evidence collection is LONG since passed.

This guy is going to be laughing his ass off at all the people who've "convicted" him sans trial.

2/22/2010 07:07:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Coincidence? Maybe they're together!


WHERE IS MY BROTHER JOHN SPIRA? -- MISSING SINCE FEBRUARY 23, 2007

(http://www.johnspira.com/)



Oct 30, 2007 5:53 pm US/Central Bolingbrook Police Sergeant's Wife (Stacy Peterson) Disappears

(http://cbs2chicago.com/local/seargeants.wife.missing.2.457122.html)


She went missing on October 28, 2007. Stacy Peterson was officially reported missing in the early hours of October 29, 2007

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drew_Peterson)

2/22/2010 10:18:00 PM  

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