Joel Brodsky weighs in on my Beacon-News column

Joel Brodsky weighs in on my Beacon-News column

Today’s Beacon-News column on the hearsay law used to nail Drew Peterson is certainly getting some play – in both emails and post column comments. One of those comments comes from defense team leader Joel Brodsky, who castigates the press for “almost always” getting it wrong.
I suppose if there’s anyone who knows about “getting it wrong,” it’s him. He and his cohorts certainly played the press to the hilt when it suited them, much to the detriment of their client. Perhaps if Brodsky exhibited this kind of sudden due diligence during the trial they might’ve come out on top. 
To answer his and some readers’ contention – Yes! – I lumped two hearsay law subversions into one for purposes of an 800 word column, but the facts remain the same. The state of Illinois changed the law to convict one man and, when that temporarily failed, the prosecution shifted their strategy with the appellate court buying their abridgement of the “forfeiture by wrongdoing” statute to let Stacy Peterson’s statements come in anyway.
T’S THE SAME FRICKEN’ THING. Even Brodsky has cited Drew’s Law in post trial interviews. The defense could’ve gone over the appeals court’s heads, but they decided to move forward with the trial instead, which was almost as bad a decision as putting that divorce attorney on the stand. And Brodsky has the nerve to say the press never takes responsibility for their actions? (We haven’t seen you cop to that bonehead move yet have we Joel?)
The bottom line is, this hearsay precedent is exceedingly dangerous and this verdict will be overturned on appeal because even the right leaning U.S. Supreme Court still takes a dim view on hearsay testimony.

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