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Peterson tiff all about emails

Drew Peterson’s judge took offense Friday to a prosecutor’s attempt to limit emails bouncing back and forth between attorneys in the case.

But the simple result of a hastily called hearing to discuss an “emergency motion” in the three-year-old murder case is this: attorneys from one side can’t email attorneys from the other after work hours.

The motion came from Assistant State’s Attorney Kathy Patton. It was filed under seal, but its contents were hashed out during a hearing late Friday afternoon in Judge Edward Burmila’s courtroom. The judge has said lawyers in the case may email motions to help expedite Peterson’s trial.

But Burmila took passages in Patton’s motion to suggest he’d engaged in improper dialogue with Peterson’s defense attorneys. He said that exposed his court to suspicion based on unsubstantiated, hyperbolic allegations.

Patton said she simply feared Peterson’s lawyers had begun in their emails making legal arguments that should be made in a courtroom — and on the record. Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow said things had “gotten out of hand” and he could come to an arrangement with Peterson’s lawyers.

Peterson — who is charged with the murder of third wife Kathleen Savio — was in the courtroom for the prosecutors’ tongue-lashing. So was his Chicago-based attorney, Joel Brodsky, who arrived in Joliet nearly an hour after the hearing was to begin.

When given his turn to talk Brodsky said, “I very much enjoyed the drive” but had nothing to add. He ultimately agreed to wait until morning to hit “send” on any motions he produces after hours.



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