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Editorial: Drew Show closes

Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson

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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:23AM



Good riddance, Drew.

Show’s over. Go away. See you in 38 years.

Nobody should blame Drew Peterson’s lawyers for his conviction in the killing of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. The evidence was there — he did it. And it’s a good bet he killed his fourth wife, too.

If Peterson’s lawyers, especially Joel Brodsky, made a circus of the case, let us never forget that Drew was the narcissistic ringmaster.

This is a man, infamous as a suspected wife killer, who went on the radio to play a game, Win a Date With Drew.

We would have been shocked had Peterson gone quietly Thursday. But at his sentencing hearing before Judge Edward Burmila, he proved true to form.

He smirked and blustered like when he was on Larry King’s TV show and Mancow Muller’s radio show, adding a big dose of feigned outrage. But this time he was in a court of law and nobody was buying it.

“I did not kill Kathleen!” he shouted.

“Yes, you did,” shot back one of Savio’s relatives.

“I don’t deserve this!” Peterson wailed.

Yes, you do.

“They took an accident and staged a homicide,” he complained.

No, you committed a homicide and staged an accident.

Peterson’s lawyers will appeal the verdict, of course, contesting in particular Burmila’s decision to allow the introduction of hearsay evidence — what one person says another person said.

Early on, when the state Legislature crafted a statute designed to freely allow this sort of evidence in the Peterson trial — Drew’s Law — civil libertarians and others, including this editorial page, called foul. We should all get nervous when a law is passed to nail just one guy.

As it happened, though, the hearsay evidence introduced at trial was admitted under common law, not Drew’s Law, giving it more solid legal footing.

Fame and infamy are not the same, and wife killers should not be celebrities.

Wife killers should be thrown in prison and left to rot.

Good riddance, Drew Peterson.



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