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Judge limits Drew Peterson publicity

A judge limited Drew Peterson

Former Bolingbrook, Ill, police sergeant Drew Peterson arrives at the Will County Courthouse,Friday, May 22, 2009, in Joliet, Ill., forr a court appearance. Peterson has been charged with first-degree murder in the 2004 death of his former wife Kathleen Savio. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) - A judge limited Drew Peterson's ability to
give media interviews Wednesday after the jailed ex-police officer
phoned in wisecracks to a Chicago radio show last week.

Will County Judge Stephen White ordered Peterson's lawyers to
give him a list of family, friends and attorneys that Peterson
calls from jail. Peterson must get permission to call somebody not
on the list, White said.

White also ordered that all attorneys in the case must notify
him and the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of
any interviews and send copies of press releases.

"If you are going to do an interview, I would like to be
informed (beforehand) as to the time and place," White said.

Peterson called the "Mancow & Cassidy" show last week from the
Will County Adult Detention Facility and cracked jokes about prison
showers, a "Win a Conjugal Visit with Drew" contest and the death
of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The former Bolingbrook officer has pleaded not guilty to
first-degree murder in the 2004 death of Savio, whose body was
found in a dry bathtub. Peterson is also a suspect in the
disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

Since she went missing in October 2007, Peterson and his
attorney Joel Brodsky have made scores of television and radio
appearances and a small army of television trucks is often parked
outside Peterson's home. Both he and Savio's family have hired
publicists.

The publicity threatens the ability for a fair trial, said Will
County State's Attorney James Glasgow, who said he has limited
speaking out on the case.

"This is the place to put a cap on it," he said of pretrial
publicity. "I'm trying to protect the jury pool here."

Brodsky countered that he needs to be able to talk to the media,
saying publicity might prompt potential witnesses to come forward
with relevant information.

The judge set an Aug. 24 trial date.

Brodsky, who can ask for a continuance, said it was a realistic
date as long as Peterson is in custody.

Glasgow said he expects the defense to move for a change of
venue because of the publicity.

Brodsky did not address the change of venue, but has said the
defense is considering that.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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