Sneed: Drew Peterson may have been ‘entrapped’ in murder-for-hire plot, ex-attorney says
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The Drew stew . . .
There’s a new twist in the Drew Peterson murder case.
New meat is being tossed into the Drew stew.
Is Peterson, who is serving a 38-year prison sentence for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio — and the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson — the victim of a setup on recent charges that he plotted to have his prosecutor, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, murdered?
Sneed has learned that Joel Brodsky, who was Peterson’s lead attorney in the Savio murder trial, has sent a letter to Randolph County Public Defender James W. Kelley, claiming he recently received two letters from an Illinois Department of Corrections inmate “that would indicate that Mr. Peterson was the victim of a setup, and was entrapped into committing the offense of solicitation of murder.”
The letter claims Brodsky sent Kelley the letters “for your use in defending Mr. Peterson.”
“Because of my former representation of Mr. Peterson I am sometimes contacted by people regarding Mr. Peterson,” the letter stated. Brodsky also claims he received the letters “just a few days ago.”
“As you may be aware, I was the lead attorney for Mr. Drew Peterson in the trial of the charge that he murdered his ex-wife, Kathleen Savio. However, I do not represent him in his appeal of those charges.”
Although cases like Peterson’s often involve the cooperation of a jailhouse snitch, Brodsky claims the letters indicate there were two prisoners who may have been involved in the alleged entrapment plot. It also indicates one of the prisoners wore a wire. One letter also referenced Stacy Peterson.
Brodsky withdrew from Drew Peterson’s murder case following a public feud with his co-attorney Steve Greenberg, who is now part of a panel of attorneys representing Peterson on appeal.
Peterson, 61, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, is accused of soliciting an unnamed individual between September 2013 and December 2014 to murder Glasgow.
The charges, one count of solicitation of murder and one count of murder for hire, were filed in downstate Randolph County, where Peterson has been held at Menard Correctional Center since February 2013.
The case is being prosecuted by the Randolph County State’s Attorney’s Office and Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office.
A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections said Peterson has been moved to an area of the Menard prison, where Illinois houses some of its most violent criminals, with additional security but greater restrictions on inmates.
Peterson is expected back in court on March 3.
My, my, Monica . . .
Hiding no more: Former White House intern Monica Lewinsky is embracing the public eye — in red!
• Translation: The most famous mistress in history, who had an infamous blue dress that wound up in the history books, stepped out at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party Sunday night, dressed in a very modest — but bright red — dress!
• Backshot: Lewinsky came out of hiding and started making appearances — mostly with her BFF, Broadway actor/PBS host Alan Cumming — at events after she started writing a column for Vanity Fair last June — claiming he helped give her the courage to do so.
Man the spatula!
Pancake batter up! Ald. Matt O’Shea (19th) had help flipping more than 10,000 pancakes from “Chicago P.D.” actors Sophia Bush, Jesse Lee Soffer and Brian Geraghty, who stopped by a pancake breakfast in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood on Sunday benefiting the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation’s “Get Behind the Vest” initiative.
• Also at the pancake helm: Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, and Leo Schmitz, director of the Illinois State Police. Nearly $10,000 was raised to purchase bulletproof vests for Chicago police officers.
Sneedlings . . .
Tuesday’s birthdays: Floyd Mayweather Jr., 38; former Gov. George Ryan, 81, and Mary Smith, ageless and priceless.