By Joseph Ruzich
Special to the Tribune
8:45 PM EDT, August 8, 2012
A DuPage County judge wants Oak Brook officials to better explain why they terminated former police officer Stephen Peterson, who is accused by the village of obstructing an investigation into the disappearance of the wife of his father, Drew Peterson, according to village officials.
The order by Judge Terence M. Sheen Tuesday “simply requires an additional procedural step that will result in the case going right back up to the judge for a final determination as to whether or not the (Oak Brook police and fire) board’s decision should be upheld,” Oak Brook Village Attorney Peter Friedman said in a statement on Wednesday.
In 2011, police and fire commissioners ruled that Stephen Peterson delivered contradictory testimony, failed to disclose information and demonstrated poor judgment during an Illinois State Police investigation into the 2007 disappearance of Stacy Peterson, his father’s fourth wife.
The village said Stephen Peterson also took three weapons from his father to prevent them from being seized when law enforcement agents searched Drew Peterson's Bolingbrook home.
Stephen Peterson told the board that he was helping his father and his actions had nothing to do with his duties as an Oak Brook Police officer.
In July 2012, Stephen Peterson filed a $10 million federal lawsuit against the Oak Brook Police Department over his termination.
His father, Drew Peterson, is currently on trial in Will County for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
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