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No After-Hours Emailing in Drew Peterson Murder Case

Prosecutors and defense attorneys in the Drew Peterson murder case will have to hold off on sending email after 5 p.m.

The judge in the scolded prosecutors but then went along with their request to stop after-hours emailing by defense attorneys.

Judge Edward Burmila convened an after-hours emergency hearing Friday to resolve the after-hours email issue, and he spent much of it taking prosecutors to task for having "exposed the court to suspicion" by filing a "hyperbolic" motion.

Prosecutors filed the motion under seal Wednesday, but Burmila said it had been released to the public and gives the impression that "the court and the defense are participating in some sort of unethical communication," and this is putting prosecutors at a disadvantage.

Burmila has allowed both sides to present motions to each other via email in an effort to expedite the 3-year-old murder case.

Peterson, 58, has been on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Peterson, a former Bolingbrook cop, is also the sole suspect in the state police investigation of the . Stacy Peterson remains missing and no one has been charged with harming her.

Burmila said he was not going to put limits on attorney emailing — but he was willing to prohibit it completely.

"I don't see how I can do the Solomon routine and cut the baby in half," he said. "Either we have electronic communications or we don't have them at all."

The Judge then offered to let prosecutors and Joel Brodsky — the only one of Peterson's five defense attorneys to attend the hearing late on the Friday before Memorial Day — to hash out a compromise.

Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow stood up and volunteered that he is 61 years old and said that "these emails (from the defense) come flying in 10 o'clock, 11 o'clock at night."

"I didn't envision beyond work hours we'd be doing that," Glasgow said.

He and Brodsky then agreed to only send email between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on weekdays, at least until the case's next scheduled hearing on June 6. Brodsky did say that if he was up late at night crafting an email he would hold off until the morning before sending it.

DiaKrisy May 26, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Hyperbole, "..an obvious and intentional exaggeration, not intended to be taken literally" [webster] I like the idea that they should give up email altogether. But maybe at this stage, it's okay.
Watchful Eye May 26, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Oh, BTW, I hope YOU never get picked for a jury, because YOU are unfit as well. You just happen to be pro-Peterson. I think all of us agree he deserves a fair and just trial, and to be judged by a jury of his peers. Most of us stick to the events and facts as we know them in this case. I've been to some of the hearings, so I know what I'm talking about. We don't dredge up what bond was set for someone else that has nothing to do with the facts of this case. I can just as easily go the other way and say I've seen cruel and harsh criminals get out on relatively minor bonds, when they should have been locked in a toilet stall away from the rest of civilization. But it brings nothing to the conversation to do that, since it doesn't relate to the facts of this case. I think the Sandusky should be chained to a wall, but what has that got to do with anything? IMO, of course.
Watchful Eye May 26, 2012 at 05:16 PM
We don't know what was actually said by Brodsky in those emails, but it has come out that he's using those emails to argue some points he wants to get across. In that case, I don't think it takes a lawyer to figure out that that is not part of the transcripts/record, so what happens then? Emails are not listed on the Will County court website as being part of the filings. As it is, if the judge is allowing motions prepared by one side to be emailed to the other, so won't the judge have to police the motions to make sure they're intact and identical once they are formally filed and made a part of the record? Is this how it's done now? I wonder. I can understand a motion being emailed to the opposing party AFTER it's been filed, but I would have no idea if this is now a part of the Rules of Procedure, or if this is something a judge has discretion about doing. Also, if the judge mistook the true intentions of the prosecutors, that's one thing, but from what the media is reporting, he sure got swept up in the heat of the moment with his temper flaring. Wouldn't it be better to be the Kool Kat of the group and keep things on an even keel? Guess not.
Bones May 27, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Watchful eye-AMEN, and John....I hope I never get picked for the jury either, although I would do what is right, if he was innocent, I would find him innocent, I am just sick of these arrogant scums murdering mothers and children going on without the love of that mother & then there's this arrogant SOB almost flaunting & snickering that he for away with it....TWICE.. How do we explain the 1st wife "drowning"
john dockson May 30, 2012 at 06:25 AM
drew didnt do anything at all. this is just something he got caught up in. this is nothing more than the illinois justice system framing an innocent man. This conspiracy needs to be put to rest once and for all. FREE DREW

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