Judge Jeanine: Peterson jury hearing the 'whole truth'?
Important testimony being restricted?
- Duration 11:45
- Date Aug 21, 2012
Important testimony being restricted?
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If you think a trial as a search further -- your wrong.
Juries across America are cheated every day from hearing the truth.
By the very witnesses who swear on the Bible to tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
Judges spend their days protecting the rights of the criminal would elaborate safeguards in place for the defendant.
Suppressing evidence minimizing testimony.
And telling witnesses to say only part of what they know.
Welcome to justice on judged -- mean Piero.
Week three of the Drew Peterson murder trial judge Edward -- luck continues to deliver anything but the whole truth.
This week by not allowing a friend an army captain.
Did she -- came home at 3 AM on the weekend his third wife Kathleen was found dead.
Drew was dressed in his black swat uniform his sleeves were wet.
And he was about to put another woman's clothing not -- things in the washing machine with the warning.
If anyone acts IE was at home.
They know is the -- coming together for you.
Kathleen -- -- was found dead in her bathtub.
There were no close nearby.
And no towel when she was found.
Do you think may -- she was not about to take a bath.
And maybe this was all staged.
Judge -- -- made a decision to block all of that testimony.
-- because the defense did know that the witness was -- Not because they didn't get the police report the statements -- the grand jury testimony.
But because an email sent to the defense that night before gave the wrong date which everybody already knew.
That is form over substance.
It is harmless.
And appellate court would -- if you want of their courthouse for such an overreaction.
Let the witness take the stand and subject him to our truth finding process.
Can't the jury hear that.
Why can't the jury hear things won't Peterson offered a dirt bag 25000.
Dollars to have his wife murdered.
Why can't the jury decide what the truth means.
It seems that nobody wants to hear their voice in court.
Kathleen or -- or any other woman this pertains to everyone this hearsay evidence pertains to any victim under these circumstances and the voices should be heard.
But what we did here was that Kathleen -- -- didn't have just one injury.
The evidence established thirteen.
Thirteen fresh bruises contusions.
And abrasions all within 24 hours many of them within an hour of her death.
The blood -- the tub where she was found was not diluted by water as it would be in -- drowning.
It was thick and dark.
There was tried blot on her face that would not a bad marriage she drowned in water.
There was no blood or so bring in the top.
And -- the back of her head wouldn't chief ball back at what her arms beef -- -- Instead.
She is face down.
Packed into a small tub so despite bitter -- are forced against the site in a ninety degree angle position blanched.
We had a real strong day today.
Some very important forensic evidence came in.
Turning point that was the most horrendous -- painful to listen to get through only because you could feel that realization of what.
-- -- -- -- -- And by the way do you do any of you -- what helped the adult woman not a child -- senior.
Who slips and drowns in her bathtub -- no alcohol no drugs in her system completely healthy.
-- And I am still burning over the Illinois State trooper Robert -- in particular the alleged CS -- investigator.
Who finds Kathleen dead and doesn't even look at the wounded the -- he says covered his hands.
Although he doesn't bother to examiner he notes that are injuries are insignificant.
And he directs that no evidence be collected and within two hours calls -- an accident and -- of the day.
He knew that the only reason he was there was because this was a cops why.
Now I love cops but I hate lazy inept incompetent or corrupt ones like these guys who literally ignored.
Of a mother of two children.
The shame of -- all.
Is that Kathleen -- you knew what five months lay in store for her.
Her words her please her letters.
Her calls for help went on the answer.
I'll tell you -- Because Drew Peterson was a cop.
But she's not alone.
Before their murders women often.
Pound on the doors of justice.
They cry out for help.
They get restraining orders and they even try to press charges.
Kept lien gets arrested by her -- abuse -- Imagine the fear of the helplessness in the despair.
Of a woman thrown -- the ground arrested.
By the very man.
Who says she'll never lived to see her divorce settlement.
But a judge for -- -- courtroom she is crazy angry possessed and ballistic.
In the civil war -- regions.
In homes across this country.
Women died quietly.
They are silent witnesses to our indifference.
They don't capture our attention because we don't see them.
We don't listen to them.
We don't protect them.
They're married to a com.
Kathleen -- -- paid the ultimate price and never chose to be a victim.
But this trial is no longer about her.
-- -- totally forgotten why were in that courtroom.
Rights of the defendant are sacrosanct.
While the victim is marginalized.
And yes silenced again.
To use during his own words -- kill you in making disappear.
I can kill you and make it look like an accident.
The jury -- stay here all the evidence in this case.
Why can't they hear what they came to hear.
The whole truth.
-- nothing but the truth.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- All right Andrea.
You heard my opening.
I have a lot of trouble with this case.
You are a homicidal drowning investigator with 25 years experience and aquatic depth investigation it's.
All right now how many drownings have you examined.
We've looked at hundreds and have looked at over 900 cases of bodies found in bathtubs in the last few years all right.
So you tell me Andrea.
How many cases have you seen.
Of healthy women and we know Kathleen was healthy because the autopsy showed no disease with no drugs no alcohol on -- system.
Who drowned in their own tub.
I have not found one and I vast medical -- you think -- possibly say no so I set out to search and I search I have not found one but I have over twenty homicide cases just like that.
You do yes so -- those cases initially seen as an accident where they recognized as -- -- the vast majority are initially ruled as accident why is that.
There's no training you know they get -- for gunshot -- stabbing and sexual assault but they're not trained in how to do it -- -- sound around and and and when you're cold then.
To testify you can testify as an expert witness yes.
Our right and in fact in this particular case you were called in and consulted -- By the prosecution yes.
And what did you tell them and absolute that this was a homicide and had all the same red flags as the other homicides that thing.
And what -- those reflects.
One there are no signs of struggle on the bathroom what's gonna break in a bathroom and the shampoo bottle falls and you picking back up.
It's actually very -- -- someone sadly.
So there's very little injuries on the victim and on the perpetrated not that they looked to see if you had any injuries on him -- clearly -- CSI investigators said.
-- how -- notice any -- there were insignificant.
But we've got thirteen -- next tingles up guys let's look at those diagrams that we've got.
All right if you look at that look at all of the injuries on that body front and back right.
What's -- thing is that the back has abrasions and most of the front.
The arc intrusions kind of interesting it's like two different scenarios there right shifted into an off -- -- and that's the key of the slip and falls -- I have I have studied which are caesar's or in an elderly people.
They usually have no injuries or -- 11 head injury which is usually to the front.
So you don't of the slip and falls we noticeably falls you don't get injuries -- off -- play into the body in this sinful if the -- injurious to the back of the head and you know that there was a one inch laceration of the back of the head.
What position would you expect the person to -- and if they actually hit the back at their -- He had that you expected to be sort of a face -- are using on the side and and that some had had enough.
Decided that she could have rotated over to the side so and what about the -- if I wouldn't tell you that those feet.
Were squeezed up against the side of the tub using the F tops in pictures in what you think telling you about.
Kathleen Sapp Leo yeah I I've never seen that on an accident case I look at hundreds of photographs of you know natural deaths and accidents and suicides.
In bathtubs and and the arms how would you expect the -- that wasn't ever -- the rest everybody was not surprising.
You know that would have been issued to reflect name but there are lots of other red flags and end of course is -- the -- and the the fact that she has dried blood on her forehead is -- actually drowned in that tub.
That wouldn't be they'll strike patterns on her face wouldn't -- be more.
Dissipated or diluted down it's you know it in the water complaint tricky thing especially if it's it's going -- slowly.
That didn't bottom as much as.
The other injuries on her body and and what injuries bothered you the most on the fact that there are all over.
Again you don't.
You don't fallen bounce.
You know again and again when you slip and fall you don't go unconscious and it takes a least five minutes to drown and how did you slipped -- -- and on unconscious.
You're unconscious for 56 minutes.
And what's interesting about this is -- the entry to the back of the head.
Is not that deep and it just goes but the beneath the skin so it wouldn't cause her to be unconscious right.
Our advantages -- Farris thank you so much for being with us this evening we appreciate your expertise thank you.