Drew Peterson jurors dress alike again, this time in sports jerseys
BY JANET LUNDQUIST AND JON SEIDEL Sun-Times Media August 27, 2012 12:12PM
The jury in the Drew Peterson case wore sports jerseys Monday, Aug. 27, 2012. Sketch by L.D. Chuckman.
Updated: September 29, 2012 6:09AM
If the Drew Peterson jury can agree on a verdict like they agree on clothing, their deliberations may not last long.
The jurors have color-coordinated their outfits during the trial, including alternating black and white shirts in the jury box.
On Monday, they made a switch and showed up in the box wearing sports jerseys.
The unusual mix included six Bears jerseys, two Blackhawks, three White Sox, one Augustana College, one Packers and one University of North Carolina.
Even a courtroom bailiff got the memo — showing up with a Blackhawks T-shirt under her blazer.
Early on in the trial, when the group began coordinating colors, defense attorney Joseph “The Shark” Lopez speculated they were following his lead. Lopez and his wife, defense attorney Lisa Lopez, wear color-coordinated outfits each day.
But what does it mean?
“It’s kind of odd,” Lopez said. “I’ve never seen anything like it before. I don’t know what to make of it.”
Judge Edward Burmila commented on the team jerseys when the jury entered the courtroom Monday, saying they were obviously smart people because no one was wearing a Cubs shirt.
Some courthouse staff speculate it’s just a sign that the jurors are getting along.
Downers Grove-based defense attorney Kathleen Zellner said Peterson’s jury is probably trying to relieve the tension around the murder trial now entering its fifth week.
“I don’t think it means any disrespect,” Zellner said.