A Cincinnati restaurateur with a history of speaking out about high-profile cases was tossed from a Will County courtroom Thursday for allegedly mouthing an expletive word to Drew Peterson.
A sheriff's officer told reporters an independent witness saw Jeff Ruby lock eyes with Peterson and mouth two words to him. "The first word began with the letter 'f'.'"
Ruby, a self-proclaimed victims' advocate who has shown up at the Will County Courthouse for several days in a large coach bus, was escorted out of the courtroom.
When asked by NBC Chicago, he initially denied doing it. "He's going to get away with murder," Ruby yelled, "And I'm the one in trouble."
During the court's lunch break he admitted mouthing the curse.
"I really thought about giving him a mouth full of missing teeth," Ruby said. "I really did."
"If you can't take care of things legally, and he's never been taken care of legally, you take care of them physically where I come from in Jersey."
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The Peterson trial entered its fifth day of testimony Wednesday. The former police sergeant is accused of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, who was found in a bathtub in 2004.
Ruby took out newspaper ads earlier this month blasting Peterson's defense team. The ad read:
Two innocent women are dead.
While their parents, children and loved ones mourn, the ex-husband’s lawyer staged a televised “Three Stooges With Sunglasses” routine.
They find one victim’s “disappearance” just hilarious and they find it necessary to trash the other victim.
YOU DISGRACE YOUR PROFESSION
Jeff Ruby, Cincinnati, Ohio