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Atty: 'Great day' in court for Drew Peterson

June 18, 2010 4:26:42 PM PDT
His defense team says it was a good day for Drew Peterson, despite the fact that most of their 12 sealed motions to Judge Stephen White were denied.

The judge denied a motion to dismiss the indictment and to sequester the jury, for now. He also denied a motion to quash the exhumation evidence and search warrant of Kathleen Savio's body in November of 2007. The defense says her body was exhumed only on a hunch, not on evidence that Peterson committed a crime.

Judge White also denied a motion to suppress evidence obtained in a search warrant in connection to Stacy Peterson.

Peterson is charged in the murder of his third wife, Savio, but not in the disappearance of Stacy Peterson. Prosecutors are still trying to link the two. And Friday morning Joel Brodsky, Peterson's attorney, said his team wanted Stacy Peterson's name out of the trial but he changed his tune later in the afternoon.

"Drew wouldn't be in the situation he's in if there wasn't a bunch of media hysteria that occurred around the time of Stacy's disappearance. So that question we'll have to deal with at trial," said Brodsky.

The judge is also now considering whether or not to allow prosecutors to present TV interviews of Peterson and whether or not to allow current investigation files in Stacy Peterson's case to be submitted as evidence. The attorneys general office is representing the state police to keep it sealed.

"That's why we call them routine motions, they're just routine motions," said Joseph Lopez, Peterson attorney.


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