Category Archives: violence against women

Drew Peterson Hearsay Arguments Today

Finally, after long anticipation the hearsay arguments are here. While Drew Peterson need not be present in the court room today, this case is a high-profile one and the interest spans those who have had brushes with domestic violence, or have been victim of murder and th media. It will be argued by the defense that this evidence is prejudicial and that it should not be allowed due to its unconstitutionality. But at this point in time the Illinois Appellate Court,  in an effort to be transparent, will broadcast live via the internet and tv feed.

This will be groundbreaking and historical in the State of Illinois. The Third District Appellate Court will let us see the inside of the arguments, of which is extremely rare. While this is not the criminal case being tried itself, the prosecutors are there to bring forth an effort to have at least 13 hearsay statements included  in the criminal trial of Drew Peterson.

Peterson is 57 years old and is currently being held and is charged with killing his third wife Kathleen Savio in 2004, and while he is a person of interest/suspect in his fourth wife Stacy Peterson disappearance, he has not currently been charged in any way regarding that case. Drew Peterson is in the Will County Jail in lieu of a $20 million dollar bail.

More on this story as the proceedings develop.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

Teflon Drew???

Hey let’s hope not! I liken Drew Peterson at this point to the back story of John Gotti. Why? Because the guy got away with murder for the longest time until finally someone close to him gave investigators the puzzle piece that was needed to seal his fate and end his life of crime.

In the case of Drew Peterson, he meant to be a good person and even became a cop, but then the ego and the power became too much for the person to handle!  The new insights into what he could do behind the badge were not only enticing but fueled, and it looks like, drove him more! It became easy for him to do illegal things and get away with them. The underlying abuser burst forth and the rest is about to be history!

As you may know the wise-cracking clown cop has been behind bars charged in the death of his third wife Kathleen Savio and is a suspect (the only suspect) in the disappearance of his fourth wife Stacy Peterson. Currently in Joliet IL hearings are continuing on the prospective evidence regarding the hearsay law or coined “Drew’s Law” against Drew Peterson. As many as sixty people will parade in front of the judge and he rule whether thereis enough evidence to allow the hearsay in the court room against Drew Peterson when the trial begins.    

So far, and at this point friends, neighbors, family members, co-workers  and colleagues of the befallen wives have been called to witness. It has been chilling and interesting the things that have been said by those who have already taken the stand. Today, 1/26/2010 a reverend was to take the stand. This reverend Stacy Peterson was said to have confided in. He was said to have counseled her. What came out thus far today was that he was indeed counseling her and Drew too! How about that? When he counseled Stacy the reverend insisted on it being in a public place. The two would have meetings in the local Caribou Coffee shop, but when Drew and Stacy were counseled together, they did it with the reverend in the privacy of their own home. Today, as the reverend was about to show facts about what took place in those session/sessions together Brodsky and team Peterson put a stop to it. He asked the judge to seal the court. Brodsky argued that Drew Peterson told these things in confidence and that he did not want his client to endure a break in that confidentiality! Wow! But here’s the funny part-the judge allowed it! All media was removed and the room was cleared. The hearing then continued with just the defendant and the lawyers present.

We will keep on top of this as it seems that perhaps Drew’s own words will come back to haunt him! Only time will tell if the teflon is wearing off! Meanwhile, the Drew Drama Zoo continues on full-steam ahead!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationaltone!

Mary Caliendo

Drew Peterson-Can You Hear Stacy?

I was just wondering Drew Peterson, how it feels to be defeated at every turn?  It must feel pretty bad, right? On Friday Judge Stephen White heard the motions put forth by one of Peterson’s attorneys Andrew Abood, and denied them both!

The former Sgt. in the Bolingbrook Police Force has been charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting the start of a trial in the Joliet prison system. Judge Stephen White did uphold the fact that it is constitutional for Stacy Peterson’s words to family, friends, and to a pastor to be admitted into the trial.  Stacy Peterson is Drew Peterson’s fourth wife and is currently missing. The judge further went on to deny the motion that was also brought to say the Drew Peterson could not get a fair and impartial trial in the city of Joliet and the county of Will. The judge felt that there was no reason why he could not get a fair trial in the county/and city. In fact some time ago the judge took approx. 240  potential jurors and put forth official court orders for these people to not view or listen to any reports that involved Drew Peterson or the Drew Peterson case.

Mr. Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s other attorney feels a bit disappointed as he says a lawyer cannot defend against the hearsay rule. He further explained that a lwayer cannot refute, or rebut the words nor can he cross-examine the words for motive or bias.

I am pretty sure that in this case, the hearsay rules will help to solidify all of the evidence. Remember that Mr. Peterson is in jail for murder on former wife Kathleen Savio in 2004. There is considerable evidence that points to Mr. Peterson being the perpetrator in that death.  And further that he has much to do with the disappearance of fourth wife Stacy. A sort of “pre-trial” will take place to prove there is enough evidence to prove the hearsay is reliable and that he is the only suspect in these two crimes.

It’s only a matter of time now.

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationaltone.

Mary Caliendo

Chris Brown Lightly Sentenced!

Singer Chris Brown faced the judge in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. Chris Brown does not know how lucky he is! The charge of making criminal threats was dropped; this carried felony charges and often requires jail time. Singer Rihanna was not present in court, but Chris Brown did admit to the felony assault. The judge issued an official order to the pair that they are to stay away from each other, and further, neither party is allowed to contact the other in any way.

Chris Brown’s sentence amounts to five years’ probation and six months of labor probation. The judge admonished Chris Brown harshly in court. She went on to tell the young singer that if he violated the terms of the sentencing in any way, he will be sent to jail in the state prison. His sentence will be served in Chris Brown’s home state of Virginia. 

As told by the judge his sentence does not include talking to others, the judge made it clear to Brown and his attorney Mark Geragos, that he is to serve physical labor not community service! Perhaps we will spy Chris Brown in an orange jumpsuit along the highway, or perhaps painting a public building?

I personally think that Chris Brown was lucky that this did not require jail time and that he was able to negotiate the lighter sentence. Chris Brown was falling into the cycle of domestic violence. A deadly cycle, that often all too well we know what the outcome will be. But what my long -term hope  that will come from this, is that  perhaps by catching him at the young age of twenty he will be able to get counseling to end the cycle of domestic violence. He can learn that it is a wonderful thing to be in love with someone who will not only care for you but honor and respect you.

Ending the cycle of abuse is important to all the young people coming up, in fact if he was smart at all-Brown will do a song or a whole album in honor of “what I just leanrned” about how abuse is not cool and then  donate this money to several of the large and small groups out there doing great work  to end that cycle.

Good luck Chris Brown and Rihanna I hope that we will never see the likes of you in court again!  Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Jasmine Fiore Identified by Breast Implant!

This past Thursday, model and personal trainer to be,  Jasmine Fiore was found dead in a suitcase in a trash container in Buena Park, CA. It has been widely reported that Ms. Fiore had been dismembered and also brutally mutilated so much so, that she had to be positively identified by her breast implant serial numbers!!

Her ex-husband Ryan Jenkins would be accused of this heinous act. Ryan Jenkins, a self-made millionaire who starred on the VH1 show “Megan Wants a Millionaire” was now missing. The real-estate investor and developer was now being charged with first degree murder. The search for him was on. While Ms. Fiore’s car was missing as well. The media and the Los Angeles Police launched a blitz to get the word out that they were looking for Ryan Jenkins in connection with this crime.

When this past Sunday night the manager of The Thunderbird Motel in British Columbia called the Canadian Mounted Police to report a dead man in their motel. They had found a man hanged from the bar of the coat rack by a belt.  The motel manager told police that a woman checked the pair into the motel while the man waited in a car (PT Cruiser w/Alberta Canada tags). The manager further explained that he did not recognize the man from TV as being Ryan Jenkins. The manager stated that this man looked tired and not that of  the man he had seen on TV. The police either know who the woman is that drove and checked Ryan Jenkins into the motel, or they have a good idea who she is. They are currently  looking to speak with that woman with whom they believe Ryan Jenkins had a known relationship with. They have not released weather or not she would be charged with a crime.

It was reported earlier that Ryan Jenkins has had domestic violence issues in the past. He had been charged with an assault on another woman he had previously dated. Clips of Ryan Jenkins performance on the VH1 show, show that he even makes a comment that he has a “bad-boy” side. It is too bad that VH1 could not have made a connection with the bad-boy person Ryan Jenkins had become. And if they had? What of it, would it have stopped this awful bloodshed? Highly unlikely. This self -confessed “bad-boy” was overlooked in many circles because he had money. And this money made the man and it appears that no one looked any further.

My thoughts go out to the family of Jasmine Fiore as they try desperately to digest all this awful information on the details of the crime that their loved-one had succumbed to. Also sadness to the parents of Ryan Jenkins as they could never ever have predicted that he would do something so awful and heinous!

Perhaps someday soon we can eliminate domestic violence so that the next woman will not have to be identified by the serial numbers of a breast implant!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Domestic Violence Shelter Closed?!!!

Today I learned the news that a women’s shelter in Aurora, IL has now officially closed its doors!  Why? Because the state of Illinois is in a terrible state!   It can’t pay its bills! Seriously folks as of Wednesday this shelter that is the final resting place of those women, most of them with children in tow, who are crying out for help!

For those women who finally bring themselves to an actual shelter for help, it will no longer be available. Women that have of recent  came for assistance have not only been turned away, they were sent to either one or two neighboring states!

On Wednesday a reporter named Margaret Ramirez did a piece on this very shelter for the Chicago Tribune Newspaper, and in it she reported that as late as Wednesday the shelter turned away three women and five children! That is three women and five children too many! She also stated that Kristin Good, a prevention educator, that the shelter helped four hundred women and children last year. They not only provided advice and counseling, they gave them a home! She said they also fielded more than 18,000 calls to the federally funded hot line.

This agency can continue to run the hot line, but the shelter for those unfortunate women will no longer be able to continue. The Mutual Ground Center is non-profit social service agency that will assist those that are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

I ask you Governor Quinn how can you let this happen? I know that you are facing a grudge match with those legislative leaders who have approved to reduce the availability of funds. I am not sure I want to raise everyones’ taxes to do this, but I know that I have a hard time sleeping if I think that an abused and/or raped woman with the babes in tow are out there!

I think you and the State of Illinois owe these people some kind of respect after all they have been abused once and now the state goes ahead and abuses them again! It is so wrong in so many ways! Have a heart legislative leaders, why won’t you cut the fat from the top of the heap and help out all of those who really, really need it? We’d be a great state if it was known that we take care of our own and try to end the cycle of abuse!  Showing those little ones that it is not ok to treat women this way might save us money as a state in the end when less services are needed!

Mutual ground needs to be on mutual ground!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo

Chicago Cop / Woman Beater Gets Probation!

It is an outrage! With complete and utter disgust, I cannot believe that Police Officer Anthony Abbate got only a slap on the wrist for the beating of Karolina Obrycka! What more can you ask but then to actually have the evidence of Mr. Abbate beating her up captured entirely from the beginning to the end on video! This video aired at one time all over the world, and definitely all over the Chicagoland viewing area. And the over served Anthony Abbate was told No,No more drinks for you, by the blonde bartender. Mr. Abbate did not want to be told what to do; after all no one should say no to a Chicago cop; even one off-duty!

The hulking cop then proceeded to go behind the bar, hurled the tiny blonde bartender to the ground; and then he began a birage of punches and kicks! Shamefully he continues on and throws her into a wall as her screams and cries can be heard on the video.

Judge John Flemming did did find him guilty of Aggravated Battery. But yesterday during the sentencing phase of this trial the Judge basically slapped the hand of the drunk off-duty cop!  He received two years probation!! Yes, that is what I said, he was guilty but because Ms Obrycka’s injuries were not permanent in nature, and that Mr. Abbate did not have a record the judge felt that it wasn’t enough to send him into prison!

No I think there were plenty of mitigating circumstances in this case, one is that he is a cop! The fact is the judge wanted this to go away, while the police force has come under fire recently for a scandal involving “special forces unit”  Mayor Daley and his crew do not want another scandal for the Olympic committee to hear about!

 

While Illinois as a state was made embarrassed about its governor, now it is the police that will embarrass us!  People have great fear of the police now more than ever! There  are so many great cops out there that take their responsibilities to heart. They live and breathe the law but for some it is a reason for their almighty power-trip to continue. I mean after all this judge just now set a precedent, You can be drunk and go around beating defenseless women up and in this town of Chicago you can get a slap on the wrist and be free of a jail sentence!

Abbate and his team of lawyers defense was laughable; he had the nerve to go in that room and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth so help them God! Abbate actually stated that the woman half his size was throwing him around like a rag-doll and Mr. Abbate had to protect himself from her. Earlier that evening he beat another patron that was in the bar, but this person had fear and would not press charges against him! The jury was told of this other beating as well as the judge; but shame on Judge Flemming and his decision!  He lessened the severity of the charge against him by not requiring him to serve time in jail!

Currently the commander Jody Weis has recommended that The Independant Review Board  fire Mr. Abate from the police force. His case will come up before this board by July 7, 2009. Until then, stay out of the way of large, drunk  men in Chicago you’ll never know wheater   he may be an undercover cop ready to pounce especially if you are trying to do your job by not serving him more liquor!

This is finally yet one more case of violence against women, a similar thing happened with Chris Brown and Rihanna where his sentence did not fit the crime!

Just my thoughts, just my opinions, and always in a conversationalTone.

Mary Caliendo