Friday, April 13, 2012

Drew Peterson: The Hearsay Rule

As I am sure a lot of you are aware, there is a very interesting case going on involving drew Peterson, a retired police officer. He is charged with the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found drowned in a bathtub in 2004. He is considered the only suspect for this homicide. When makes things even more interesting is that his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing in 2007 and still to this day remains missing. Again, Peterson is the only suspect for the mysterious disappearance of Stacy Peterson.

One of the most interesting parts of this case is the recent ruling that the appellate court made. This involves the hearsay rule. Hearsay is a very important rule in the court and if it is enforced it can be very hard for the prosecution to bring out necessary evidence to get a conviction. I will use the example of person 1, 2, and 3 to explain the hearsay rule in more depth. If person 1 was to tell something to person 2, person 2 would be able to testify in court about what person 1 said to them. But if person 2 was to tell person 3 what person 1 said to them, person 3 would not be able to testify in court about what was told to them. This is the prime example of what the hearsay rule is, and is exactly what is happening in the Drew Peterson Case.

Originally, the appellate court was unable to make a decision about whether to allow the hearsay evidence in the Drew Peterson case. The appellate court moved that decision up to the Supreme Court. Then, in a strange turn of events, the Supreme Court did not make a decision on it and moved it back to the appellate court. The Supreme Court basically forced the appellate court to make the decision. The hearsay evidence that the prosecution is trying to use for the trial is the eleven statements that Drew Peterson’s third wife, Kathleen Savio, made to other people. There is also three separate statements that his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, made to other people. In conclusion, the appellate court made the ruling to approve the use of the hearsay evidence in the trial. I am curious about what the readers of this blog think about the hearsay exception being used and if the statements made by his wives should really be allowed in the court. Do you know a lot about this case and if so, what are your thoughts on it? The media covered every angle of this case for a very long time and I am sure that a lot of you have heard about it before this.

One reason I am fascinated by this case is because my mother actually knew and worked with Drew Peterson. She always talked about how terrible of a person he was, and that she honestly believes that he killed his wives. This hearsay evidence is going to greatly help the prosecution in this case and hopefully this murderer will be behind bars for the rest of his life.


  1. I do not know too much about all the hearsay rules and such but for Drew. I truly do think that he killed all of his wife's that died or went missing. I am pretty sure that Stacy is in a blue container in lake michigan. He had a plane of his own to take her up and wouldn't be too hard to push out the blue container. With the weight to have had to be picked up by two people means it would not of floated. I hope this guy doesn't get out of prison for what he has done especially being a police officer who should know better.

  2. I agree also, I believe that he is guilty of it, of both but its the way this case has unfolded that has me concerned. Such as there was no charge for the 3rd wifes deaths, its been a while, but i dont recall if there was an investigation on it or not. But he wasnt charged with it until the disappearance of his 4th wife. I feel like, everyone knows he did it, and how he is so cold about it and doesnt display any emotion in the whole matter. But to what ever degree, he has hidden his tracks well. I believe he did it, and I think he is a terrifying individual and I hope he ends up in jail for the rest of his life. But to convict him just comments from other people, im just not sure it would be a good display of or justice system. With out any evidence,I dont think you can make the conviction with out their still being some doubt.

  3. I think it all depends on what the statements are, the time frame when they were made, and who they were made to. I think that there would have to be some type of documentation that showed when these comments were made so that someone just can't come forward who thinks he killed is wives and want to help put him behind bars. I am pretty familiar with the case and I do remember there being many comments that were made by Mr. Peterson to both his wives about hurting and killing them. These comments were told by his wives to multiple family members, friends, and neighbors. I think that with all the other evidence they have against this man, the added hearsay will be the icing on the cake for his prosecution.