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PRETZER: We’vegot a big show ahead of us tonight. We're going to be all over the map. I wanted to start out with news that I'm hearing, reading about, seeing, that Drew Peterson is about to be arrested and indicted. I thought I would bring on his lawyer and Drew himself to comment on that. Good Evening Gentlemen.
BRODSKY: Good Evening, Dana.
PETERSON: Hi Dana.
PRETZER: Hi Drew. Joel Brodsky, I know we did the show just a couple of weeks ago and we were talking about some of the predictions the media is making but they don't seem to be going away. Your comments?
BRODSKY: Yeah, they really don't. This media...this round is fueled by a statement that came from the State's Attorney. He'll be up for election in a few days and he issued a press release that talked about the matter coming...that he expects something to be resolved in the near future and that kind of started the speculation all over again, unfortunately.
PRETZER: When you hear that term, "something to be resolved in the near future" what can you comment on Joel? Have you been told anything?
BRODSKY: No. There's nothing. I said when I first heard this, or was told about this press release, I thought at that point that it really had more to do with the election. He has a contested election coming up here in a few days and I thought it had more to do with the election and I still do than it has to do with any significant change in the case or the facts of the case. Jim Glasgow is a fine State's Attorney - really a very good State's Attorney. The people of Will County are lucky to have him as a State's Attorney. He does a great job. But on the other hand, he is a politician and politicians do have to get elected and re-elected and sometimes they say things that...more for the intent of getting elected than anythingelse. I think that's what we're dealing with here.
PRETZER: Drew, I've asked you this question before but obviously you have a contingency plan when and if something like that does happen but you can't help but hear these things and your kids, especially your older ones, hear these things. How do you deal with that?
PETERSON: You just get everybody ready for something. It's just like you prepare for the worst and if the best happens you're delightfully surprised. That's about all I can...I do. You hear things and you've heard so
much things and you just deal with it each time. So contingencies are in place for the well being of the children and that's my main concern.
PRETZER: One of the comments, or actually I guess several comments when I have you on, Drew, sent to me and one of them was "How dare you bringDrew Peterson on when he said on the anniversary of the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, "Well, it's just another day"? Now I don't know if you said that or not. I didn't hear you say that. But I'm going to ask your comments on that question.
PETERSON: Well, it's my kids miss their mother every day. So, it's just like to celebrate it or to, whatchacallit, memorialize it, or whatever you say is a little out of line. If anyone else wants to do that it's something that my family or my kids is just not going to get involved in. 'Cause we miss her being around every day so it's like just another day. Same missing her.
PRETZER: Joel Brodsky, we've talked about Geraldo Rivera and other people in the news. In fact, I again invited Geraldo to come on tonight and got no response however he is quite quick to vilify you and your client in the media but when he comes to, when it comes to confronting the two of you on a forum that somebody else is moderating he doesn't want anything to do with that. The media maybe has slowed down a little bit but I'm curious. Your comments on how it's been going lately?
BRODSKY: Well, I'm afraid it's going...I mean the one year anniversary, for lack of a better word, caused some, a lot of media attention and then we're going to have the trial on the weapons charge coming up in December, during December 5th,and that's going to bring a lot of media attention to Drew's situation. It's probably going to be covered on a daily basis by everybody, but I think after we're past that hopefully things will calm down and go back to some semblance of normality for Drew. Because, there really is nothing that's going to happen that's going to change things. It's, there was no evidence of any wrongdoing eleven months ago and any wrongdoing six months ago and there's not going to be any evidence of any wrongdoing by Drew in a year. So I'm hoping after the weapons case is over things will start simmering down and Drew can get back to a semblance of some sort of normal life. I know it won't be 100% normal because the mom...Stacy's not with the family. She's run off somewhere. At least as normal as it can ever be.
PRETZER: Drew, I'm going to ask you this question. A police officer over thirty years. We usually put people before the courts. We usually don't go before the courts. Of course, there's this stigma about bad cops and this cop did this bad and that cop did that bad. You're going to be going to trial on a weapons charge. You're going to be vilified again and again and again in the media. I'd like you to comment on that from the perspective of being a former police officer.
PETERSON: Well, it's kind of a hard thing to deal with. I've led my life pretty honorable and I've done honorable things. I think in thirty years I was disciplined once. That was for the actions of a subordinate, not for something that I'd done. So it's just like kind of hard to swallow. Being often portrayed the bad guy when I led my life most honorably as I could. So everything I did in my police career was honorable things. I've guarded presidents and dignitaries and heads of state and had an exemplary arrest record, record as a
police officer and to now be looked upon as a bad guy - it's kind of a scary thing I'd say. More heartbreaking than anything.
PRETZER: Joel, you were going to say something?
BRODSKY: Drew has, I hope he picks up on this, Drew has told me that he's particularly upset about this weapons charge because the weapon in question he had got strictly for use in his department. It wasn't a personal weapon. It was, he bought it at his own expense to use on duty and now they're trying to turn that against him. I know that Drew expressed to me on several occasions how he felt about that.
PETERSON: Here is something they want to charge me for having and it was particularly possessed and used and carried and designed strictly to protect the people of Bolingbrook, people of the state of Illinois and now to be charged with something that I did something wrong is kind of really an injustice. It's kind of a slap in the face pretty much for every police officer out there to know that something like this would happen.
PRETZER: Joel Brodsky, would you consider this charge a 'fishing expedition"?
BRODSKY: Yeah, it is. We've asserted, one of the defenses we've asserted is that, it's called "vindictive prosecution" or saying that the state police caused this charge to be brought because Drew went into court and got his weapons back – the guns that were his property. They were taken in the search warrant. After the police had the opportunity to process it as evidence and record it and do all the ballistics tests and everything that he went and got it back. And they didn't want to give it back at first, then they went and they pulled his firearms owners license and then after that I forgot in order for the guns to go back to his kids, his son Steven, another police officer, that he was charged and I really think that this charge is simply brought by the state police to punish him for exercising his rights to get his property back - his weapons. I think we'll be able to show that to the jury and if we do the jury will have to come back, they'll be instructed to come back with finding him not guilty.
PRETZER: Drew Peterson and Joel Brodsky are here. Drew, the last time we had you on the program we were talking to the author of the book that convinced you... I guess that's not the right term, you agreed to take a polygraph and some questions came back truthful. Some did not. We won't get into that. Joel was upset with you for taking that polygraph but how big was that to you to take that polygraph? Did you think that was a shot for this to all go away?
PETERSON: Well basically I'd been convicted by the press and everybody's going to start yelling "Take a polygraph! Take a polygraph!" Well I did take a polygraph and the questions that came back were deceptive were three of the nine questions and the questions that came back non-deceptive they were, "Did I hurt anybody? Did I do anything to anybody?" I said no and all those questions came back truthful. It basically was a response to, basically "OK, Shut up. I took your polygraph. I basically passed all the serious questions.”
PRETZER: Joel Brodsky, last question for you. What do you see next? I know the media won't lay off and when the time does come if it does come you're going to be bombarded big time but where do you see this going?
Joel: I really and truly believe, like I said Jim Glasgow, and assistant State's attorney in charge of the investigation - a guy by the name of John Connor - they're both really good lawyers and they’re, they know as State's attorney's that their job is not simply to prosecute but only to prosecute where there's evidence of wrongdoing, not just to throw a guy up in front of a jury because he's unpopular and maybe get a conviction. They both know what their duty is and they're both fine lawyers and I don't see that there'll ever be a charge brought against Drew either relating to Stacy or Kathleen. And that's because there's no evidence that can be brought into a court of law, or no evidence, no physical, no evidence in any way, shape or form other than speculation and kind of like, I'd wouldn’t even call it circumstantial evidence, just kind of like rumor and gossip of any wrongdoing by Drew. And that being the case I think that this is just going to eventually peter out and I guess they call it a cold case, but I don't know if that's the right term. But it's eventually going to peter out and Drew will be able to at some point in the future kind of get back into a normal existence and live his life with his kids and raise the two little ones as, doing a good job as he's done with the other four.
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