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    Blunders jeopardize Peterson murder prosecution

    I cant say If I think hes guilty or not...what I can say is that I followed this case and the behavior of his fellow police officers indicated to me that they believe something stinks and they are staying far away from this retired sgt....I think something stinks bigtime too. Unfortunately its looking more like he may very well beat it again.


    With no physical evidence tying Drew Peterson to the death of his third wife and so much of the case hinging on what she said before she died and what his next wife said before she vanished, it was a certainty that his trial would be unlike anything ever seen in Illinois and perhaps in the country.

    But nobody expected what unfolded in the first three weeks of the trial: prosecutors made a series of blunders that prompted the judge to consider at least three defense motions for a mistrial and has some legal experts wondering just how much trust is left.
    "If the jury can't trust the prosecution, everything after that fails," said Daniel Coyne, a professor at Chicago Kent School of Law and a former criminal defense lawyer, adding that it is not a big leap for jurors who don't trust prosecutors not to trust the witnesses they call to testify. "The judge has told the jury on a number of occasions that the prosecutor has done something wrong (If) they transfer that wrongness to the witnesses, that is very dangerous."


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    Re: Blunders jeopardize Peterson murder prosecution

    Quote Originally Posted by lpast View Post
    I cant say If I think hes guilty or not...what I can say is that I followed this case and the behavior of his fellow police officers indicated to me that they believe something stinks and they are staying far away from this retired sgt....I think something stinks bigtime too. Unfortunately its looking more like he may very well beat it again.


    With no physical evidence tying Drew Peterson to the death of his third wife and so much of the case hinging on what she said before she died and what his next wife said before she vanished, it was a certainty that his trial would be unlike anything ever seen in Illinois and perhaps in the country.

    But nobody expected what unfolded in the first three weeks of the trial: prosecutors made a series of blunders that prompted the judge to consider at least three defense motions for a mistrial and has some legal experts wondering just how much trust is left.
    "If the jury can't trust the prosecution, everything after that fails," said Daniel Coyne, a professor at Chicago Kent School of Law and a former criminal defense lawyer, adding that it is not a big leap for jurors who don't trust prosecutors not to trust the witnesses they call to testify. "The judge has told the jury on a number of occasions that the prosecutor has done something wrong (If) they transfer that wrongness to the witnesses, that is very dangerous."


    Blunders jeopardize Peterson murder prosecution
    Yeah, I live in suburban Chicago. This trial is a three-ring circus.

    The latest circus performers are the jury. The defense attorneys have been dressing very similar...putting on the Blues Brothers look. On Thursday and Friday, the jury came dressed in navy blue/black -- all hands.

    Unfortunately, I think it's just a matter of time before the case is dismissed with prejudice, and the creep walks. He's guilty as sin, in my opinion, but I don't think they can prove it beyond a reasonable doubt...especially with the hearsay exclusionary rules invoked.

    His son was a LEO at the Oak Brook Police Dept, suburban Chicago. He was fired for hiding three of his father's guns before State Police could execute a search warrant and failing to disclose that his dad gave him $250,000. It runs in the family.

    You can tell by that guy's body language he's a complete jerk. Every move he makes - every breath he takes - spells a.b.u.s.e.r.
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    Re: Blunders jeopardize Peterson murder prosecution

    Quote Originally Posted by MaggieD View Post
    Yeah, I live in suburban Chicago. This trial is a three-ring circus.
    Is this as big a circus as the OJ trial?

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