February 18, 2010
IL Hearsay Rule Tested by Drew Peterson
Drew Peterson, the former Bolingbrook, Ill., cop
During 15 days that stretched from January into February, friends and relatives of the late Kathleen Savio, who was found dead in her bathtub in 2004, and Stacy Peterson, who disappeared last year, have testified in state court in Joliet, Ill., that the women said their husband on several occasions threatened to kill them, according to local news reports. Drew Peterson has pleaded not guilty.
Such hearsay evidence is often inadmissible,
although there are exceptions to that standard in federal and common law and in
a number of states. In response to the Peterson case, Illinois passed
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