William Block - Case upheld

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Court strikes down couple's case on threatening letters An appeals court isn't letting a former Wheeling couple off the hook for sending threatening letters letters to public officials in Lake County- County- The Illinois Appellate Court has upheld the convictions of James Peterson, 48, and Janice Peterson, 50, for sending threats in the name of God to Hawthorn Woods Village Manager John Kelmar and Lake County Judges Stephen Walter, Terrence Brady and the late William Block The Petersons both were found guilty but mentally ill in 1996 and sentenced to five years in prison. The couple lost a long court battle with Hawthorn Woods over a house they were trying to build. It ended with demolition of the house. After the demolition was ordered, the victims received letters from the Petersons saying God would destroy them and their families if they did not allow the house to be finished. But the couple argued they should not have been convicted of intimida- , tion and threatening public officials | because the letters did not say the ! Petersons intended to harm anyone i butbnfy that God would. ! So the letters couldn't be consid- 1 ered a threat, attorneys for the | Petersons claimed. ; 'The letters were nothing more i than a sincere expression of their I religious beliefs," the attorneys ; wrote. i The appellate court disagreed. I "The tenor of the letters was i unmistakably hostile," the appellate | courtruling says. Ifs logical to think ! the people who received the letters ! would "believe that those who acted | as God's messengers might also act as His executioners," the ruling • said. Tony Gordon Crime & justice season. Garrett and his companion apparently apparently drove to the area to buy drags, Blazincic said, and Garrett was slain in the course of the transaction. transaction. It is the first investigation for the force of 35 detectives and crime scene technicians from 28 police agencies since the March 5,1998, killing of Eduardo Avila in Park City. Diego Acosta, 16, of Waukegan, was sentenced to 38 years in prison for that crime. In the Garrett case, Blazincie said detectives have developed "several viable leads" and are canvassing the area in search of witnesses. • « • Driving classes honored: The National Safety Council has honored honored four driver education courses that people who receive traffic tickets tickets can take to keep the convictions offtheirrecords. Chief Judge Henry Tonigan said the courses, administered by the court system and the College of Lake County in Grayslake, were given three Best Performance awards and an honorable mention in a judging of defensive driving programs programs nationwide. The top performers were a basic four-hour course for first offenders and advanced courses for people with two or more tickets or those convicted of aggressive driving offenses, Tonigan said. A course on safe driving habits for drivers 16

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  1. The Daily Herald,
  2. 26 Aug 1999, Thu,
  3. Page 96

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