Drew Peterson Found Guilty

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  1. JoeB131
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    This is a big deal in Chicago.

    This guy is an Exurban Cop from Bolingbrook, whose third wife died in a mysterious accident, and whose fourth wife disappeared after telling a bunch of her friends he killed Wife #3.

    He got convicted of killing Wife #3 today after someone bothered to do an actual investigation.

    Drew Peterson found guilty in Savio murder - Chicago Sun-Times
     
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    Good.
     
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    Yeah, the jurors said that without "hearsay" there would not have been any evidence to convict the guy. ~shrug~
     
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    A conviction based on hearsay evidence only should not stand at appeal.
     
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    Based on what I have read so far, its more circumstantial evidence, and that has held up in court on appeal plenty of times.
     
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    I'd have a hard time convicting anyone with no hard evidence but that's just me I guess.
     
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    If the legal system only convicted on hard evidence there would be alot more crimes committed without punishment. I did read the wiki article on it, and Illinois did modify its criminal procedure recently to allow heresay evidence, but only in cases where it appears the person was "gotten rid of" due to the possibility of them tesitifying in a criminal case.

    While this is definitely a slippery slope issue, I do see it as a proper response when a person tries to get rid of witnesses against them.
     
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    Exactly. You understand the law. A killer cannot murder the witness against them, then claim that the statements made by the victim are hearsay. Murdering witnesses is very common. The Mafia has used it for decades.
     
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    Evidence is all I would need. He said she said is not evidence.
     
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    Sometimes that is all you got. An example would be a confrontation between two people that is unwitnessed. One guy claims the other guy attacked him, the other guy claims self defense. At that point all you have is the relative word of the two parties.
     

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