Peterson Panelist: Judge OKed Matching Attire

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JOLIET, Ill. (AP) – An alternate juror at Drew Peterson’s murder trial says the presiding judge gave jurors permission for their unusual practice of coordinating clothes during testimony.

Patricia Timke spoke to The Associated Press on Friday. She served as an alternate during five weeks of testimony that culminated with the former Illinois police officer convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

The day that drew the most attention was when the 12 jurors and four alternates all wore Chicago Bears, White Sox and other sports jerseys.

Timke says jurors specifically asked Judge Edward Burmila beforehand if it was OK to do that because they didn’t want to show disrespect. She says Burmila told them he was fine with the plan.

Timke says coordinating clothing colors helped jurors pass the time.

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