Illinois bill to ease limits on hearsay

Stacy Peterson allies buoyed by bill on hearsay testimony

Bill to ease limits on hearsay testimony sent to Blagojevich

Chicago Tribune

Friends and family of missing woman Stacy Peterson rejoiced after state lawmakers Thursday sent to the governor’s desk legislation that could affect the possible prosecution of the chief suspect in her disappearance, her husband, Drew.

Sen. A.J. Wilhelmi (D- Joliet) sponsored a measure—which was pushed by Will County State’s Atty. James Glasgow—that would allow a judge to decide at a pretrial hearing whether hearsay testimony could be admitted into court.

The prosecution would have to prove to the judge that the witness who made the statements could not testify because the defendant murdered the witness.

The Senate passed the legislation during a special session called by Gov. Rod Blagojevich. The measure awaits the governor’s approval. A spokesman for his office said it is under review.  Full story

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