Wlasiuk Appeal

Jessica Lewis

Yesterday was a huge day for news. The verdict in the case of Peter Wlasiuk was overturned on appeal. You may remember the case from 2002. Wlasiuk of Oxford, was accused of suffocating his wife and then depositing his vehicle and her body into Guilford Lake to make it look like an accident.

The case drew considerable media attention due to the dramatic details of the case, domestic abuse, alcoholism, affairs and unorthodox relationships. The list goes on and on.

From a news perspective, it will be interesting to see how things unfold. With so much attention on this case, there are few who haven’t heard the details. I wonder if that will affect the potential jury pool, or the court’s final decision.

What will have changed since the first trial, and most importantly, what kind of an effect will this decision have on the grieving family of Patricia Wlasiuk. After thinking this matter done and over, the news of the Appellate Court’s decision must have been overwhelming. We can only wish them peace, and hope that they are able to wait for justice to be served, whatever the outcome may be.