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Peterson Jury Picked, Trial Set to Start

Seven men and five women have been chosen as jurors for the trial set to start Tuesday.

The final five jurors and four alternate jurors were picked for Drew Peterson's much anticipated murder trial, and opening statements are expected to be heard Tuesday.

Attorney Joel Brodsky said he will be the one handling opening statements for the defense and revealed his plan to tell "the story of Drew Peterson, from beginning to end."

And when Brodsky is done with that story, said defense attorney Steve Greenberg, the jury will be convinced that Peterson did not murder his third wife, Kathleen Savio, by hitting her in the head and drowning her in a bathtub.

"There's going to be no question she slipped in the tub and Drew was home when it happened," said Greenberg, who also scoffed at the idea that fresh bruises were discovered on Savio after her body was dug up and re-examined almost four years after her death. Greenberg suggested the bruises may have been caused by gophers bumping into her as they burrowed through her grave.

Greenberg also predicted that Brodsky's opening statement will resemble the Gettysburg Address "or some of the other great classics."

The jury that gets to hear Brodsky's Gettysburg Address Monday will be comprised of seven men and five women. but one was excused because he had already booked a prepaid vacation in August.

He was replaced by a Plainfield man who works as a research technician and enjoys photography in his spare time.

The other four jurors selected were:

  • A divorced secretary whose "passion" is writing poetry and who was the editor of her college newspaper
  • A married Plainfield man working as a consultant to the concrete company he owned and then sold, and who said he studied "baseball" when he attended Joliet Junior College
  • A New Jersey native living in Naperville who said her boss "wrinkled her nose and said, 'OK'" when she informed her she was a potential juror for the Peterson murder trial
  • An unemployed Romeoville man who enjoys exercising and reading science fiction

Of the four alternates, there are three men and one woman.

One woman bounced from the jury pool said there was no way she could vote guilty because it would mean sending someone to prison, and she "knows what happens there."

"I work in a prison," the woman said. "I couldn't send someone to prison."

The woman conceded that she would be willing to case a vote for "not guilty."

After she left the courtroom, Greenberg said, "We're going to go ahead and accept the juror." Brodsky later argued to put her on the jury, but failed to sway Judge Edward Burmila.

Tuesday's jury selection was delayed when Peterson discovered he had been supplied with the wrong dress pants. Defense attorney Joseph "Shark" Lopez pointed out the noticeably plumper Peterson has put on weight during his three-plus years in the county jail.

"Drew obviously couldn't fit into his pants," Lopez said. "Maybe too many Cheetos."

Watchful Eye July 25, 2012 at 03:13 AM
What? Greenberg is suggesting that fresh bruises found on Kathleen Savio's body after exhumation were caused by gophers bumping into her body as they burrowed through her grave? OMG. That's all I can think of to say. Just, OMG.
Tracy July 25, 2012 at 03:31 AM
"The woman did conceded that...?" "gofers?" Does anyone edit this crap?
Bobbi July 25, 2012 at 01:55 PM
GOPHERS??????? How do they get into the concrete vault that the casket is in under the dirt. REALLY???? Come on......do you think people are that naive. I am shocked that he would even suggest that.
Jerry July 25, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Ok, Greenberg scoffed at the idea of fresh bruises...I think perhaps the gopher comment was intended as sarcasm. He was implying that the concept of fresh bruises on the exhumed body was as perposterous as the idea of the gophers. Didn't come across as reported above, but remember that in this forum by this editor (all due respect) the reporting is hardly going to be unbiased.
Mickey July 25, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Yeah! {sigh of relief} I don't have to go Friday now!! I can watch tv again!! I can go on the Internet!! :-P it's been 3 long years of waiting & wondering. Don't have to face him More power to the people that were picked!!
Freddie Kissell July 25, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Don't defend Drew's lawyers, Jerry. I've heard too many "jokes" like that to think they care at all about the victim in this case. It's all a joke to them. All they care about is outdoing each other on tv.
tom July 25, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Exactly! Like when Lopez said that they picked a "KILLER" jury
Jerry July 25, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Let's try this again...there is a difference between a defense and an explanation. I provided an explanation. Secondly, who exactly are you to tell me who to defend or not defend?
Flora Dora July 25, 2012 at 06:19 PM
Your idea of an "explanation" is so far fetched that I must wonder at your ability to tell ruth from fiction.
WilliamN July 25, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Is it really necessary to continually refer to Lopez with his, most probably, self appointed nickname of "Shark"? At the very least, it seems unprofessional, and at most, extremely arrogant. Are we supposed to cringe when we hear this??? :)
tom July 25, 2012 at 06:56 PM
Where are all the comments from Francis Regan/John Moreli/Tom Selleck? Could it be that he's in court with Drew and that's why he hasn't been able to make a zillion comments lately?
Freddie Kissell July 25, 2012 at 07:21 PM
It's called a conversation, Jerry. Yes, it's written, but it's a back-and-forth. I'm not telling you what to do as much as I'm saying these men do not deserve "explanations" of their ridiculous behavior. They are ignorant fame-seekers who only care about themselves. I didn't read your comment as an explanation because you weren't the one saying it. How do you know what was intended by Greenberg's comment? If you aren't him, how can you explain it? These people have been making light of Kathleen Savio's death and Stacy Peterson's disappearance for years. It's insulting.
tom July 25, 2012 at 07:44 PM
The defense also put Stacy Peterson on their witness list.
Jerry July 25, 2012 at 08:16 PM
A conversation? Really? Your statements were nothing more than argumentative and antagonizing. You don't want conversation or discourse of any kind. You want to use this forum as a bully pulpit to typographically yell and scream at anyone who doesn't see things the way you do, or respond in a manner that you see fit. No, I didn't say those things but that doesn't mean that the intent of the statements cannot be interpreted to cull their meaning. If that's the case, what is the point of having quotes in any story, ever? The reader isn't the person who made the statements so by your logic, could never know what the true meaning was so why print it? I am far from defending Mr. Peterson's attorneys in this matter or any other. But I think it's only fair and right that their statements are at least presented as they were actually spoken and intended...they will do plenty to show they are snakes without twisting the things they say.
Jerry July 25, 2012 at 08:18 PM
Flora, you must be under the mistaken impression that I give a dead rat's rear end what you think of me. Have a wonderful day.
pro streeter July 25, 2012 at 08:55 PM
A shark is a creature that swims around its victim when it smells blood in the water hoping to scavenge a little bit. That sounds like the right word to me..... Those lawyers are nothing but a bunch of scavengers hoping to get a little fame and fortune at the expense of one dead woman, and one missing woman who we all know is most likely also dead. Kinda sounds like a certain reporter too....... Bottom feeders!
Brian July 25, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Jerry, I bet she thinks you're a jerk. I think you're a jerk too. Who else thinks Jerry's a jerk?
Jerry July 25, 2012 at 09:31 PM
LOL Brian. Thanks, that gave me a good chuckle. I'm sure she wouldn't be the only one with that opinion, but that's okay!
Tony July 25, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I am a little tired of hearing about Drew. Patch finally came up with an article about Troy Township and some pays raises that the elected officials were going to give themselves. I think someone took some heat for letting this out of the bag, it sure vanished fast enough.
Freddie Kissell July 26, 2012 at 04:42 PM
I've seen plenty of defense attorneys who are smart - they keep their mouths shut and are respectful of both their clients and the victims. These guys are buffoons, there's no getting around it. Jerry, lay off the caffeine or speed or whatever you're on. You look like a lunatic posting all these nutty rants.
Jerry July 26, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Name calling and accusations of drug use, Freddie? I thought you were better than that, but I guess that's my mistake...not the first one I've made. And by the way, the origin of your "name" isn't lost on me and it's very fitting for you. Have a wonderful day.

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