A Will County Judge Edward Burmila held a marathon jury selection session Monday and empaneled eight jurors for the Drew Peterson murder trial.
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#22 Sep 12, 2012
BTW, both sides made some mistakes. The mistrial motions were really nonstarters and mountains made of molehills; that is what defense lawyers do. I think the chance of reversal is somewhere around ten percent or less.
#23 Sep 13, 2012
no big O, Will County doesn't have a "D.A." They have a States Attorney.
Also, Attorneys for the defendant were just doing their job defending their client by raising objections to things that were mentioned in Court. It happens all the time. If the case is overturned or a new trial is ordered, that would likely come from the US Supreme Court as the Illinois Supreme Court has already held Drews Law to be constitutional. I think that is unlikely given the lack of financial resources by Peterson and his legal team.
#24 Sep 13, 2012
Ok D.A.... States Attorney... I watch to many cop shows... different name same job...
As far as the mistrials motions, of course the defense was doing its job, however this is not about "drews laws",,, It is about the at least two times when The States Attorney (better) soliceted testamony which the judge said could not be asked before trial... i.e. bullet testimony. The judge told the jury to ignore the testimony. However would this be enough to overturn it....
#25 Sep 13, 2012
Glasgow intended to use Drew's law against Peterson, and he did not. Since when does the media report anything correctly, let alone complex legal doctrine that it doesn't understand.
Not that "Anonymous" will understand it, but here is a link to the appellate court's ruling which actually (and no doubt with a political motive, given the author) criticizes Glasgow for helping pass Drew's law and his decision to not rely on it:
Drew's law is actually LESS restrictive than the law that already existed, and continues to exist. The willingness of people on this board to spout off on things they know nothing about is truly frightening.
#26 Sep 13, 2012
BTW, the State's missteps regarding barred evidence are pretty inconsequential. The judge told the jury not to consider it, and appellate courts generally say that is sufficient. The defense made a huge issue out of it because that is what defense lawyers do. The media made an issue out of it because that is what the media does. Judges will let it slide because, well, that is what judges do.
#27 Sep 14, 2012
Lawyer Tom and Something are correct.
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