Judge in Drew Peterson Trial seeks alternative to mistrial
Judge Edward Burmila called prosecutors’ move to elicit testimony about a bullet in a neighbor’s driveway “a low blow” but indicated he was reluctant to declare a mistrial.
“Courts are always loathe to declare a mistrial because of the time and energy it takes to prepare, though that is not the only reason,” he said. “There is, in the court’s mind, another sanction.”
Burmila said he was inclined to instruct the jury to disregard all of neighbor Thomas Pontarelli’s testimony, but wanted to let the defense confer over whether that would damage their case.
It was unclear what he intends to do if defense objects to his plan.