Yesterday Drew Peterson and his lawyer Joel Brodsky and team appeared before the judge. Judge Richard Schoenstedt, who among weird other things; assigned himself to the case, heard Drew Peterson file a plea of not guilty.
As was reported by several in the media, Peterson sat sullen and there were no smiles or jokes in the courtroom. Brodsky told several TV networks the other day that Peterson’s joking is not helping his appearance before others and stated that he has asked his client to stop joking before the media.
This was no surprise that Peterson was going to plead that he is not guilty. What however, was a surprise turn was that Will County State’s Atty. James Glasgow filed a motion to replace the judge. This is the very judge that has already shown a favor to Peterson by returning his guns to him. The filing was on the grounds that the judge has “prejudice” against the prosecution. The prosecution team feels that after their particular refusal to turn over “notes of discovery” (which are actually little notes and memos that the lawyers write down as they investigate a case for themselves), which no one ever turns over to the court, in the “gun” aspect of Drew Peterson’s case. Once they did not turn over internal notes Judge Schoenstedt ruled in favor of Peterson.
The second issue at hand was the bail. Brodsky and team want the bail lowered down to $100,000. and $500,000. This will all be revisited on Thursday. The issues will be heard by new Judge Gerald Kinney.
Finally the family for Kathleen Savio that were present, feel some tiny bit of vindication after five years of waiting for the justice for Kathleen. Seeing him in the courtroom, dressed in jail clothing, and standing quietly without having nary a word muttered must have made them feel that perhaps soon they see Peterson where they feel he should be for life; in prison.!
Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.