Loophole Could Set Drew Peterson Free

"If everything goes in our favor - it could happen as early as next week."

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    Drew Peterson never shies away from media attention.

    Drew Peterson could go free ... temporarily.

    The former Bolingbrook police Sergeant accused of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio was due in court Friday morning to hear a judge's decision on a change of venue plea.  Judge Steven White rejected the defense's bid to have the trial moved.

    White is also expected to listen to arguments form both sides on the use of the controversial “Drew’s Law,” a legal statute that would allow hearsay testimony from Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy Peterson, who is also missing and believed to be a victim of her husband, to be entered into evidence.

    The Illinois House of Representatives voted 109-0 last fall to enact the law.

    Joel Brodsky, Peterson’s lawyer, says that there’s a good chance the judge will decide against the use of the hearsay law, and side with the defense.

    Should the events play out that way, the prosecution is almost sure to appeal the decision, and under Illinois State Supreme Court rules that say that Peterson would have to be let out of jail while the appeal moves forward.

    “Drew Peterson will get out of jail,” Brodsky told WBBM.  “And that could happen - if everything goes in our favor - it could happen as early as next week."