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Forum: Not done with Drew

Updated: April 6, 2013 6:32AM



I would just like to warn everyone who closely followed the Drew Peterson murder case and celebrated his conviction and sentence that I’m afraid you haven’t heard the last of him. More specifically, a free, on-the-street Drew Peterson.

Mr. Peterson may be guilty of murder, but he was convicted on hearsay evidence. The law was rewritten in Illinois to specifically convict him. Regardless of presumed guilt, one of the bedrock principals of our legal system is that hearsay evidence is not admissible.

This case will be appealed all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, and Mr. Peterson will win the argument. Hearsay is something the Supreme Court takes very seriously.

He will be granted a new trial and will be exonerated because if the state of Illinois had enough evidence to convict him without changing the law regarding hearsay evidence, prosecutors would have done so.

Don’t be surprised if in two or three years from now, there are news helicopters flying overhead and reporters waiting for Drew Peterson’s statement upon his release from prison.

David Atkins

Chicago

Clinton not deserving

Does anyone else find it disgusting that former President Bill Clinton is the 2013 recipient of the Lincoln Leadership Prize from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation?

Part of the criteria for the honoree is someone who shows “great strength of character, individual conscience ...”

This award is being given to a man who engaged in sexual activity in the Oval Office and then lied about it on national TV. Where are our values?

Rita Walsh

Palos Hills

Chicago’s foolish gun policy

The Chicago Crime Commission reported that there are between 70 and 100 street gangs in the Chicago area. With tens of thousands of gang members in Chicago alone, and about 200 gang enforcement officers on the Chicago Police Department, it’s no wonder murders by gangs are on the rise in Chicago. These officers are clearly overwhelmed.

What do Mayor Emanuel and his police chief, Garry McCarthy, intend to do about this increase in gang activity related violence against citizens? To continue to deny the law-abiding citizens of Chicago the right to defend themselves. Their policies are leaving the citizens of Chicago defenseless against violent criminals.

Since 1982, the anti-gun policies of Chicago politicians has been a complete failure. The results were predictable — law-abiding citizens at the mercy of violent criminals who are able to victimize them unchallenged.

Instead of getting tough on gang-related crime and violence and giving the police department’s gang crimes units some much needed help, Emanuel and McCarthy, as did their predecessors, have chosen to blame guns. In a city where guns are outlawed, only the outlaws will have guns.

Paul J. Wills Sr.

Burbank



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