No new trial for Peterson; judge moves on to sentencing
A judge has decided there will be no new trial for Drew Peterson. The sentencing phase has now begun.
During his sentencing, Peterson was given the chance to speak. He started of by saying, “Good day, my name is Drew Peterson, I hope I don’t aggravate the situation.” Then he screamed, “I did not kill Kathleen!”
A family member of Savio’s yelled back, “Yes you did!” The family member was removed from the courtroom by the judge.
Peterson then apologized to the judge by saying he must have been whoozy, he complained that the state police set him up. Judge Burmila warned him against any more outburst.
Earlier, Judge Burmila said, “In my opinion the defendant has failed to show Mr. Brodsky prevented him from receiving a fair trial.”
Peterson was convicted last fall of murdering Kathleen Savio.
But, his attorneys have been arguing he didn’t receive a fair trial.
They claimed lead attorney Joel Brodsky wasn’t ethical, and made a huge mistake by calling Harry Smith as a witness. Smith was Savio’s divorce attorney.
Some jurors said Smith’s testimony worked against Peterson, and helped them convict him.
Brodsky believes he’s being made a “scapegoat,” and insists he made an effective case.
Peterson is facing up to 60 years in prison.