Peterson's Lawyers Push for Release from Jail

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 10:21 AM CDT
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If Kathleen Savio were still alive, she would have just turned 48 years old on Monday. But instead of getting the chance to quietly remember her, the Savio family learned this week that Lifetime Television is developing a movie about Savio's death and the ex-husband charged in her death, Drew Peterson.
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Drew Peterson's attorneys are asking the Illinois Supreme Court to release the former Bolingbrook police sergeant from jail because prosecutors' appeal to the same court has delayed his murder trial.

Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky says he sent the appeal by FedEx on Monday. It comes days after Will County prosecutors appealed an appellate court ruling that prevents them from using several hearsay statements Peterson's ex-wife Kathleen Savio allegedly made before her body was found in her bathtub in 2004.

Peterson has been jailed since 2009 and denies any wrongdoing. Authorities also have named him a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, but he hasn't been charged.

Brodsky says Peterson should be released because the prosecutors' appeals have denied his right to a speedy trial.

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