AG Madigan to weigh in on Peterson case

August 18, 2009 2:19:11 PM PDT
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will be weighing in on Drew Peterson's murder case. She has filed a request to intervene.At issue is a new Illinois statute that allows some "hearsay" evidence to be used in court. In Drew's case prosecutors would be able to use incriminating statements his third wife, Kathleen Savio, made before she was found dead, or his fourth wife Stacy Peterson, made before she disappeared.

Peterson's lawyers have asked a judge to declare the law unconstitutional.

The attorney general is responsible for defending the constitutionality of state laws.