But others wonder if prosecutors are taking a deliberate risk by getting allegations about Peterson before the jury in the hopes that jurors will not disregard them, even if the judge orders them to.
"I think what they are doing is very calculated," said Gal Pissetzky, a Chicago defense lawyer with no link to the case. "They are not young prosecutors who just got out of law school."
The prosecution team includes Glasgow, a lawyer for more than 30 years, and Assistant State Attorney Kathleen Patton, a 19-year veteran of the office.
Prosecutors have apologized profusely for what they have characterized as inadvertent errors — particularly the question Patton asked about the order of protection. And Erickson doesn't buy Pissetsky's theory that prosecutors are purposely putting inadmissible allegations in jurors' heads.
"I think the pressure's gotten to them," Erickson said, though he still predicts a conviction "unless this insanity goes on."
Zellner said in her two days sitting in the courtroom, she became convinced prosecutors were winning the jury over. Jurors are intently taking notes when prosecutors question witnesses and "rolling their eyes" when Peterson's attorneys object, she said.
Besides, she said, similar reports emerged about prosecutors in California during the trial of Scott Peterson before he was convicted in 2004 in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the couple's unborn son. Peterson, who is no relation to Drew Peterson, was sentenced to death.
"It was all an illusion that they weren't winning," Zellner said.
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