JOLIET, Ill. – An appeals court has reversed a lower court’s decision to dismiss gun charges against former Illinois police officer Drew Peterson.
The Illinois Third District Appellate Court ruled that Judge Richard Schoenstedt erred when he dismissed gun charges against Peterson in 2008 after prosecutors refused to hand over key internal documents.
Peterson’s attorneys had argued the charges amounted to vindictive and selective prosecution.
The charges stemmed from an investigation into the 2007 disappearance of Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson. He was charged with owning an assault rifle with a barrel shorter than allowed by state law.
He’s currently in jail awaiting the start of his trial on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio. He has pleaded not guilty and denied any wrongdoing.
Senior Advisor to the President and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion Elizabeth Hordge-Freeman and Vice Dean for Education and Faculty Affairs in the College of Public Health Tricia Penniecook will begin new positions to progress diversity efforts at USF, according to a university-wide email sent Friday by President Rhea Law. Law said the decisions come […]
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Love and support filled the air as thousands of members of the LGBTQ community danced on top of floats and celebrated themselves and others during the St. Petersburg Pride Parade. “I was in awe above all else,” sophomore communications major Devin Morgan said. “Everyone is coexisting and supporting each other in a way that’s different […]
With the overturning of the 1973 landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision, which protected access to abortions at the federal level for the past 50 years, some impacted students had concerns for a post-Roe America, ranging from future health crises to its effects on disadvantaged communities. Shelby Catroneo, a sophomore health sciences major, said […]