Over 200 potential jurors have been asked to fill out a questionnaires and avoid media coverage by the judge assigned to Drew Peterson's murder trial.
It's the first step in jury selection, though it may be fruitless if Peterson and his attorneys are successful in getting the trial moved to a different venue. A decision on that is expected to come after 2 p.m. Friday.
The request to move the trial cited the saturation of coverage in newspapers, on television and online which, according to his attorney, makes it difficult for the former Bolingbrook police sergeant to get a fair trial.
Of course, Peterson hasn't exactly shied away from the attention. Remember, he didn't seem to mind being arrested and charged with murder at all.
"I should have returned those library books,” he told police when he was arrested in May, and while being escorted into jail, he joked about his "bling."
"Three squares a day and this spiffy new outfit, how could I complain?" he cracked.
His comedy routine continued during a seven-minute collect call into WLS Radio's Mancow & Cassidy Show.
He's even taken his story nationally, which sort of makes the request to move the trial seemingly a bit disingenuous.
If unmoved, the trial will be held in Will County Circuit Court in Joliet. No trial date has been set.