Judge denies Peterson's request

Attorney asks for special prosecutor
December 17, 2007 4:58:55 PM PST
A judge has denied Drew Peterson's request to return seized guns and cars. Meanwhile, his attorney is asking for a special prosecutor to investigate a leak in the grand jury.

Peterson is a suspect in the disappearance of his wife, Stacy, who was last seen on October 28. Her disappearance led to a grand jury investigation into the death of Peterson's third-wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

On Monday, Peterson's attorney asked a judge for a special prosecutor to look into the grand jury investigation- and the leaks coming from it. The same judge denied Peterson's request to get most of his property back.

"I think say so. I believe that," said Drew Peterson, who believes the state is trying to cause him hardship by holding on to the property. "To make me uncomfortable, I guess. I don't know."

Among other things, Peterson was asking for two vehicles and guns.

"I don't really need the guns but they are mine, so I would like them back. I can wait on the guns. But the computer and one vehicle would be nice," said Peterson.

Peterson's attorney argued Illinois State Police have had ample time to examine the items in connection with the ongoing investigation.

"I would like to see the property returned today, but to have the judge keeping the grand jury and the state police on somewhat of a short leash to make sure they don't keep the property longer than necessary is a good thing," said Joel Brodsky, Peterson's attorney.

Brodsky said due to the leaks in the grand jury investigation, Peterson will not be able to receive a fair trial if ever charged.

"Mr. Brodsky has not appeared before any grand jury. He is speculating as to what may or may not be a leak from a grand jury right now. It's highly speculative. You know, an attempt on his part to discredit the entire grand jury process," said Chuck Pelkie, spokesman, Will County State's Atty.

The state will return two iPods and about 23 music CDs by the first of the year. The judge also said he would revisit the issue at a later date. The next court date is January 25.

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