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.