With Drew Peterson being arrested and accused of the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, much of the talk has focused on Illinois' so-called "hearsay law" that allows victims to "speak from beyond the grave."
Prosecutors have not said how much of their case revolves around this law, which is believed to have been passed with this case in mind. But most legal experts expect a challenge to the law and many think it will be found unconstitutional.
The law allows a judge to admit hearsay evidence in first-degree murder cases if prosecutors can prove the defendant killed a witness to prevent them from testifying. Under the law, the accused could not confront the accuser, which is a constitutional right. Another attorney says if a judge allowed the evidence, it would be a biased move indicating the judge thinks the defendant is guilty.
Do you think the hearsay evidence law will hold up in court? And if it doesn't, do you think the state's attorney has an adequate case?