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Drew Peterson: Motion to Seal Discovery Filings and Preclude Dissemination of Discovery Documents - filed May 27, 2009

Drew Peterson: Motion to Seal Discovery Filings and Preclude Dissemination of Discovery Documents - filed May 27, 2009

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Drew Peterson murder case: Motion to Seal Discovery Filings and Preclude Dissemination of Discovery Documents - filed by the prosecution May 27, 2009
Drew Peterson murder case: Motion to Seal Discovery Filings and Preclude Dissemination of Discovery Documents - filed by the prosecution May 27, 2009

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?. Somepotentialstatewitnessesaveexpressedoncernhat heirnamesnd.ddrcssesillbepubliclyrevealednthe discoveryilingsin thiscaseand fust,a$aresult.hey wiLlbecontactedhythemedia.These vitnessesrealsoconcemerlboutpossiblepubticharassment.3.'[]reseconcemsarencitunwarranted.nDecember007,sornedoctunentsegard.ingninvestigationfdefcndantwerestolenromatockedllinoisStatepolicesquadarnagarage.ArounciApril ?009.copiesfsomeoftheseocumentserepur?ortectlytrtainedy theocalFoxN(lwsstation.C)nMay5,2009,F'oxNewsaontactedpotentialwitnessu,hosenameappearednthosedocumentsnd requestedhatshecommenton lrer roleinthe nvestigation.'I'hePeoplcirrthernotethatnpwglgv,y-egghn,07CF l-10g.pendingquadruple_homicidethathasreceivedocalmediaattention,wibnesseserecontactedbythemediashortly afterthediscoverywasiled.Asarcsult,he rialjudgein Vauginorderedhat hediscol,eryn thatmatterbe filedunderseal.4.Also,duringthependencyof 08CF 1169,anothermatterin wirichdef'enclanrascharged, portionofa docwuenthatwasenderedo defendantn cliscoverywas<iisseminateclothemediabydefenseounselnarguable iolationofSuprcmeCourtRule415(c),whichprovi<icsthat:"[a]nymaterialsumishedoanattorneypursuanto theseules shall remainnhisexclusivecustodyandre usedonlyfar thepurposesf]conductingissideofthecase,and shallbc subjectosuchotherterms andconditionsa$theqourtmayprovidc."rtsaresultof that<iisclosure,previouslyunidentifiedpotentialwinresswassubjecto metliaharassrnent,5'Filingthediscoveryunderseal nthismanerwiilnotonly prorecrhe privacynterestsfthervimessesnthiscase,butit wittserueopreventunduepretriiilpublicityt6atmightaffecthe
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