Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Drew Peterson trial: Judge Edward Burmila jokes about blowing his brains out after States Attorney James Glasgow & team screws up for the 4th time!
Judge chastises prosecution again today after yet another prosecutorial blunder!
Moments after Dr. Larry Blum testified that he climbed into Kathleen Savio’s tub — a statement that Judge Edward Burmila had previously banned — the judge again chastised prosecutors for failing to follow his orders.
"It doesn’t appear that any of the orders that I have entered in this case has the state paid any attention to," he said.
He then granted a defense request for a break, presumably to discuss whether to again ask for sanctions against the state.
Drew Peterson this morning withdrew a request for a mistrial — the third mistrial motion in three weeks that Burmila has seriously considered — after a prosecutor asked a witness a forbidden question.
Judge jokes about blowing brains out after mistake after mistake by States Attorney James Glasgow
After prosecutors allegedly continued to ignore his rulings in the Drew Peterson murder trial, the frustrated judge presiding over the case joked about feeling like blowing his brains out.
Judge Edward Burmila recalled practicing as an attorney before now-deceased Judge Angelo Pistilli. Courtroom 407 at the Will County courthouse in Joliet — where the Peterson trial is being heard — is named after Pistilli.
"Before he would reach a ruling…he would say, ‘Or in the alternative, I guess there’s nothing left to do but for me to blow my brains out,’" Burmila said. "I’ve never really understood what he meant by that. But the public display of the state’s obvious disregard for the orders of this court is replete in the record."