Category Archives: Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson Update: Divorce lawyers says Stacy threatened to accuse Drew of the Savio murder

Update from the ABA journal:  Drew Peterson defense attorneys put on testimony from a divorce attorney that 4th wife Stacy Peterson spoke to.  He testified that she considered using the threat of accusing him of murder to gain an advantage in her potential divorce proceeding.  Of course, she disappeared before any divorce proceeding could be commenced.  Does this testimony help Peterson… or suggest more of a motive to have murdered Stacy? (He has not been charged in Stacy’s disappearance… yet.)

Jeff Ruby offers $100,000 reward for Stacy Peterson information: Drew Peterson updates

This won’t immediately affect Drew Peterson’s trial for allegedly murdering 3rd wife, Kathleen Savio, but Jeff Ruby has offered a major reward for help finding Stacy Peterson’s body; his 4th wife whose disappearance sparked the reopening of the investigation into Savio’s death.  A few days ago, Ruby made news for being barred from the courtroom for making faces at Drew Peterson during the trial.  He’s adding to the circus atmosphere, while simultaneously complaining about the lawyers antics. 

In other news, the prosecution rested, and the defense has begun their case.  Several witnesses have been called to cast doubt on the State’s witnesses.  Again, the Tribune has running updates.

And finally, the jury has been coordinating their clothes for the duration of the trial, possibly taking their lead off a couple of defense attorneys (a husband and wife). It culminated in all of them wearing sports jerseys today (I see an Urlacher in the back row).  Quirky and fun, and I’m sure a tension breaker for the long, hard work of sitting on this many-weeks trial.

Thanks to @kendallherold for the heads up on the Jeff Ruby story.

Bizarre addendum to Drew Peterson trial: Cincinnati restauranteur Jeff Ruby barred from courtroom

Famed Cincinnati steakhouse operator Jeff Ruby, who operates several restaurants around Cincinnati and the midwest, was barred from the courtroom in the Drew Peterson trial today.  The Cincinnati Enquirer has had good coverage of this angle.  Apparently Ruby just gets so worked up he can’t help himself on these high-profile murder cases.

I have to say I really get a kick out of the story of him kicking O.J. Simpson out of his restaurant one time.  That’s great, and he’s a private businessman, who’s got a right to refuse service to whoever he wants.  However, I get concerned as he nearly inserts himself into the trial of a case.  He’s attacked the Defense attorneys, who are doing their duty to defend their client.  The system doesn’t work without Defense attorneys advocating zealously for their client: justice does not happen in our adversarial system without strong representation of the accused.

I know I’m not going to convince Mr. Ruby to moderate his views.  The Enquirer article delineates why the issue is so personal to him, and I respect that.  I would just hope that he would reciprocate the decorum and professionalism he decries the defense attorneys for not displaying.  Two wrongs don’t make a right.  And he’s well within his rights to decline to let them into his restaurants.

Drew Peterson judge considers mistrial: Update

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I haven’t been able to follow the Peterson trial closely, but I wanted to throw out this update.  According to CBSNews, this is the 3rd time the Defense has asked the judge to declare a mistrial based on the prosecutors’ missteps.  For the judge to mis-try the case and be forced to try it over again with a new jury, the error must be pretty severe (such as in the Roger Clemens trial when inadmissible video statements were played to that jury.)  However, multiple small errors can add up to a major concern that the jury might be prejudiced and can also trigger a mistrial. 

The most recent error was an improper question, which standing alone generally isn’t enough for a mistrial.  But if the judge feels there has been a pattern, he may grant the request, and the trial will start all over again with picking a new jury.  Nobody really wants that.

Update: Peterson withdraws request for mistrial.  His attorneys say they like this jury and don’t want to start over with a new one; which is what they said after picking this jury.  The judge did give the jury a cautionary instruction regarding the Prosecutor’s improper question.