Peterson likely to appeal to US Supreme Court

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The Latest on Drew Peterson’s murder conviction in the death of his third wife (all times local):

1:45 p.m.

An attorney for Drew Peterson says he’ll likely appeal an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the former suburban Chicago police officer’s murder conviction in the death of his third wife.

The Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that hearsay statements by Peterson’s third and fourth wives were properly used against him. Kathleen Savio’s 2004 death was initially ruled accidental but was reclassified a homicide in 2007 after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.

Peterson’s attorney, Steven A. Greenberg, said in a statement that an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court is likely. He says the Illinois Supreme Court decision shows that the state has one set of laws for the general public and another for Peterson.

Illinois adopted a hearsay law in 2008 tailored to Peterson’s case, dubbed “Drew’s Law,” which assisted in making some of the evidence admissible.

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1:20 p.m.

The prosecutor who convicted former suburban Chicago police officer Drew Peterson of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife calls an Illinois Supreme Court ruling upholding the verdict the “ultimate vindication.”

The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that hearsay statements by Peterson’s third and fourth wives were properly used against him.

Peterson was convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her 2004 death was initially ruled accidental but was reclassified a homicide in 2007 after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow says the ruling means the court recognizes that he properly used a state law passed in 2008 that allowed him to use statements that Savio and Stacy Peterson made to others.

Glasgow says Peterson believed that friends and family of the women could never testify about how Peterson told them he could kill them and make their deaths look accidental.

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10:05 a.m.

The Illinois Supreme Court says hearsay statements by Drew Peterson’s third and fourth wives were properly used against him in a murder conviction.

The high court on Thursday upheld the former Chicago-area police officer’s murder conviction in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Her 2004 death was initially ruled accidental but was reclassified a homicide in 2007 after Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared.

The court said statements that Savio and Stacy Peterson made to…

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