Judge Again Considering Drew Peterson Mistrial

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Judge Edward Burmila is again considering a possible mistrial after another blunder from prosecutors in the former police officer

FILE - In this May 7, 2009 file booking photo provided by the Will County Sheriff's office in Joliet, Ill., former Bolingbrook, Ill., police officer Drew Peterson is shown. Peterson is charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 drowning death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. Opening statements in his trial are scheduled to begin Tuesday, July 31, 2012. (AP Photo/Will County Sheriff's Office, File)

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- The judge in Drew Peterson's murder case says he will announce his decision on a mistrial motion Wednesday morning.
Judge Edward Burmila is again considering a possible mistrial after another blunder from prosecutors in the former police officer's trial. Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky says the trial has been filled with "an avalanche of prejudicial, illegal evidence" and the case should be thrown out. Prosecutors argued against the move.
Peterson is accused in the 2004 death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He was charged after his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007.
The judge on Tuesday afternoon berated a prosecutor after she raised an order of protection, a subject the judge previously barred. The prosecutor apologized to the judge, saying it was her fault.


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  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Aug 14, 2012 at 06:08 PM
    Shouldn't a trial be about getting at the truth of the matter? The judge had barred information about a prior protective order? I can understand how that information may be harmful to the defense, but it's the truth and part of the 'whole' picture. I can't imagine a judge intentionally standing in the way of the truth.
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      by Elaine on Aug 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM in reply to Kelly
      I agree
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