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Drew Peterson's legal team failed again to get the accused wife-killer out of jail.

Drew Peterson's lawyers have failed to get him out of jail more times than the serial marrier has wives.

A fifth bid to get the accused wife-killer out of the Will County jail apparently fell on deaf ears at the Illinois Supreme Court late Monday.

Peterson has been locked since May 2009 on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson has been in legal limbo since prosecutors appealed a ruling on hearsay evidence the day before his trial was to start in July 2010.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow lost that appeal but then filed a motion for leave to appeal to the state Supreme Court in August. That petition remains pending.

Peterson is being held on a $20 million bond. His attorneys contend he should be free while waiting on a prosecution appeal.

One of Peterson's attorneys, Joseph "Shark" Lopez, said it is extremely difficult to win a defendant's release above the level of the trial court and that the state Supreme Court's decision was not a surprise.

"The attorneys expected it but the public didn't," Lopez.

Peterson's self-proclaimed "lead attorney," Joel Brodsky, who has been in Peterson's camp for each of the five failed attempts to get the disgraced former Bolingbrook cop out of jail, failed to return calls for comment.

Charles B. Pelkie, spokesman for the Will County State's Attorney's Office, declined to comment on the state Supreme Court decision.

Peterson's slain third wife was found drowned in a dry bathtub in March 2004. The state police investigated her death and determined she was the victim of a freak bathing accident.

The state police stuck to this story until Peterson's next wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007. The state police then abruptly reversed course, deciding that Savio was the victim of a homicide and charging Peterson with murdering her.

Stacy Peterson remains missing. The state police consider her case a "potential homicide" and named Drew Peterson the sole suspect in their investigation.

Despite this proclamation, the state police have not gone so far as to charge Peterson with harming her.

Peterson has been held in virtual solitary confinement throughout his stay in the county jail. Despite this lengthy incarceration, Lopez said Peterson has fared well in captivity.

"You can't get an innocent man down," he said.

Lori Janiec September 21, 2011 at 03:49 PM
I for one, am thankful he's staying put.
Brian September 21, 2011 at 09:26 PM
I actually don't think its fair to keep Drew in jail for this long. He has not proven to be a flight risk, has not been proven to be intimidating witnesses, and should be placed on house arrest if anything. To provide a 2 million dollar bail (10% of the 20 million) to prove he won't disappear is a bit unreasonable since he had all the time in the world to do it BEFORE he was formally indicted and arrested at the onset. Millions in dollars in a lawsuit after an acquittal, not likely, but I do not doubt that he'll sue Will county if he can beat the rap. I hope the prosecution doesn't flub this with only provided hearsay evidence and not enough physical evidence to convince a jury. But I guess we'll see...
Watchful Eye September 22, 2011 at 02:05 AM
Brian, Peterson's lawyer, Brodsky, adamantly insisted he would not be arrested and charged for either Kathleen's death or Stacy's disappearance. So, there was no reason for him to flee. He was laughing, joking, visiting radio and tv stations, and was chasing after women young enough to be his daughters. He was having a great time. Why run from that? Since the court records are sealed, what are you basing your statement on that he hasn't been proven to be intimadating witnesses? At the hearsay hearing, a witness testified that Drew Peterson attempted to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife. Now that he's been charged with her murder, do you have inside knowledge that he'll stay put? Assuming you don't, isn't this all just a gut feeling on your part, or an opinion, rather that fact? Information Judge White had, the Appellate Court Judges, and the Supreme Court Judges, which is sealed from the public, is what these rulings are based on, isn't it? Maybe his bond is unreasonable, but at least a past or future Mrs. Peterson hasn't met an untimely death in these two and a half years he's been in jail.
Tawanda The Avenger September 22, 2011 at 05:47 AM
Drewpy has not proven to be a flight risk because he is locked up, safe and secure where he needs to be. If he were not in jail, he would have been tail lights long ago. As far as intimidating neighbors and witnesses, he most certainly has. That is exactly why various courts have ruled correctly that he is a danger to the community. I am waiting for his trial and the evidence to be presented. I am also paying attention to the various lawsuits the estate of Kathleen Savio have pending against poor picked on and misunderstood Drew Peterson.
Patti Myers January 22, 2012 at 06:21 AM
The supreme court did NOT rule against him! They merely uphold the decision of the appellate court. This decision is only in regard to the hearsay testimony that Glasgow wants entered as evidence.


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