Restaurateur Jeff Ruby thrown out of court


by Renee Murphy/AP

Posted on August 23, 2012 at 2:59 PM

Updated Thursday, Aug 23 at 6:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11/AP) -- A local restaurant owner was thrown out of a high profile court case Thursday morning.

Jeff Ruby owns a steakhouse in Louisville that bears his name. He may be best known locally for asking OJ Simpson to leave during the Derby.

Ruby showed up at the Drew Peterson murder trial outside Chicago in Joliet, Illinois.
While inside the courtroom he locked eyes with Peterson.

Then Ruby used a two word expletive to the former police officer accused of killing his third wife.

“Something I've been meaning to say for a long, long time and I just did,” said Ruby.
That outburst got Ruby kicked out the trial.

“This is a travesty this Joliet justice. This is a clear example what’s wrong with the justice system this is horrible,” said Ruby.

Peterson is on trial for the murder of his third wife, his fourth wife is missing and presumed dead, but her body has never been found.

“This makes the OJ trial look like it was fair.  This Drew Peterson makes Scott Peterson look like Tim Tebow.” said Ruby.

This is not the first time Ruby has been involved in a high profile case.

In 2007, he kicked OJ Simpson out of his Louisville steakhouse downtown during Derby.

"I'm not serving you, and he was dumbfounded, looking at me, no expression, and I repeat: I said, I'm not serving you." said Ruby.

Last year he took out an ad in a Florida newspaper against acquitted murder suspect Casey Anthony.

“It’s not cheap. I got to get it off my chest. I don't do it for publicity. I’m spending a ton of money in Orlando where I don't even have a restaurant.” Ruby said.

Ruby has told me in the past he is surprised he keeps making headlines, he says he does what he does out of compassion for the victims. Ruby took out newspaper ads earlier this month blasting Peterson's defense team.