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Drew Peterson's sentencing statement: "I did not kill Kathleen"

Drew Peterson's sentencing statement: "I did not kill Kathleen"



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Full statement delivered by Drew Peterson before his sentencing on February, 21, 2013
Full statement delivered by Drew Peterson before his sentencing on February, 21, 2013

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Published by: Justice Café on Feb 22, 2013
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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR THE TWELFTH JUDICIALCIRCUIT, WILL COUNTY, ILLINOISTHE PEOPLE OF THE )STATE OF ILLINOIS, ))Plaintiff, ))vs. ) No. 2009 CF 1048)DREW PETERSON, ))Defendant. )REPORT OF PROCEEDINGS had at the hearing of theabove-entitled cause, before the HonorableEDWARD A. BURMILA, Judge of the Twelfth JudicialCircuit, Will County, Illinois, on the 21st day ofFebruary, 2013.Karen MoserOfficial Court ReporterCSR No. 084-0041061THE COURT: Mr. Peterson, you have a statementyou'd like to make.
THE DEFENDANT: Yes.THE COURT: Go right ahead, sir.THE DEFENDANT: Would you like me to sit up.THE COURT: You can stand right where you are orsit whatever you'd like.THE DEFENDANT: I don't have a loud speaker so Iam worried about people being able to hear me.THE COURT: Then you can take the stand. Youcan speak at the roster if you choose to there. Goahead, sir.THE DEFENDANT: Good day. My name is DrewPeterson. I hope I don't aggravate the situation,but I have a lot of things that I think need to besaid.THE COURT: Say whatever you choose.THE DEFENDANT: And I have been forced to sitsilent since the beginning of all this. I did notkill Kathleen.UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: Yes, you did.THE COURT: There won't be any comments from theaudience, or I will have to --UNIDENTIFIED SPEAKER: Your Honor --2THE COURT: Ma'am, I'd like you to leave thecourtroom. Mr. Peterson, don't make any outburstswhich are calculated to irritate anyone in theaudience. You are speaking to the Court now.Please go ahead.
THE DEFENDANT: I am sorry, Your Honor, I justhave to apply the affirmative defense for misconductin your courtroom. I apologize but --THE COURT: Go right ahead.THE DEFENDANT: I must have been woozy.THE COURT: Go right ahead.THE DEFENDANT: For the last couple of years theIllinois state police in conjunction with the willcounty state's attorney's office has conducted themost extensive, expensive, and obsessiveinvestigation probably known in the United States.They harassed every family member, friend, friendof friends, neighbor, fellow employee, love interestI have ever had. They did illegal searches on myproperty without a warrant and when they obtainedwarrants, they did it with three year old badprobable cause. What this did was give the Illinoisstate police the ability to souvenir, hunt, stealfrom my home. No usable evidence was ever found.3They altered evidence, and evidence that wasdiscovered in the first investigation miraculouslydisappeared; evidence that could have shown me andhelped my defense. They intimidated witnesses, andthey terrorized my children.State police wrote reports that didn'treflect what the witnesses said and this wasuncovered in court and in one case by a Lieutenant

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