Mouthy Peterson Trial Onlooker Catches Break

Jeff Ruby could have contempt charges dropped with good behavior

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    Jeff Ruby and Stephanie Freitage embrace outside the Will County Courthouse after word spread that former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, in Joliet, Ill. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

    A trial spectator who was arrested after mouthing an expletive toward convicted wife killer Drew Peterson, has a chance to wipe the incident from his record.

    A special prosecutor has agreed to drop charges against Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby if he stays out of trouble for four months, according to the Chicago Tribune.

    Jeff Ruby Goes Off On Drew Peterson Defense

    [CHI] Jeff Ruby Goes Off On Drew Peterson Defense
    Cincinnati restaurateur Jeff Ruby talks to media after he was tossed from a Will County courtroom for mouthing a two-word expletive to Drew Peterson. (Published Thursday, Aug 23, 2012)

    Ruby, a vocal critic of Peterson's defense team during the trial and a self-proclaimed victims' advocate, was charged with indirect contempt of court after the August incident.

    Ruby said at the time that he "really thought about giving him [Peterson] a mouth full of missing teeth."

    Peterson Attorney: Co-Counsel a Bully, Dictatator

    [CHI] Peterson Attorney: Co-Counsel a Bully, Dictatator
    Drew Peterson defense attorney Steve Greenberg says Joel Brodsky is throwing him under the bus for their client's conviction. Natalie Martinez reports. (Published Monday, Sep 24, 2012)

    Ruby has also previously offered $100,000 for finding Stacy Peterson's body.