It would be great to see the brazen actions of Drew Peterson come to a stop once and for all. The U.S. Supreme Court has the opportunity to halt them.
Peterson, the former Bolingbrook police officer, is serving a 38-year sentence for killing his third wife. He also faces a 40-year consecutive sentence for being convicted of plotting to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow.
His murder trial and the circumstances which led to it were closely followed by the media and public a decade ago. The intrigue involving the wide-held belief that he also has murdered his fourth wife added to the hoopla, as did the cocky manner in which Peterson denied all wrongdoing.
Nonetheless, he was convicted of killing wife No. 3, Kathleen Savio, in 2012. Four years later, the conviction regarding the Glasgow plot was handed out.
But Peterson isn’t done yet. The Illinois Supreme Court rejected his bid to eliminate hearsay evidence from the murder conviction last year. Undeterred, he has asked the nation’s Supreme Court to rule on the matter.
Let his request fall on deaf ears. The state’s High Court ruled the use of hearsay testimony from Savio did not violate his constitutional rights because of evidence Peterson killed both Savio and his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, to prevent their testimony. He apparently thought Savio couldn’t speak from the grave. He obviously was wrong.
We see the ruling as fair and accurate, and don’t see any reason why the highest court would rule any differently. Don’t even bother to take the time.