Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson appeals murder conviction; cites ineffective assistance of counsel


Convicted Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson filed an appeal Friday morning with a Will County judge asking him to overturn his conviction for the murder of his third wife Kathleen Savio and to grant him a new trial.

The motion cites ineffective assistance of counsel from Peterson’s longtime attorney Joel Brodsky, who withdrew last month after heated and very public in-fighting within the defense team. Brodsky’s decision to step down came in the wake of a separate motion filed purportedly on Peterson’s behalf by two other attorneys, John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzales, similarly asking a judge to set aside the verdict based upon ineffective assistance of counsel. That motion accused Brodsky of lying about his courtroom prowess and making serious legal and strategic errors during Peterson’s murder trial.

Brodsky drew heavy criticism from the press and even from members of his own team for deciding to call divorce attorney Harry Smith as a defense witness. Ultimately Smith testified that Stacy Peterson, Drew’s Peterson’s fourth wife, believed that her husband killed Savio.

Brodsky said he will not stand in the way of any possible defense for his former longtime client. “The guy is looking at first-degree murder and my feeling is that if Drew Peterson has 101 arguments to make I don’t want him to be able to make 100 arguments,” he said. “I don’t want anybody to ever say that I impeded him in any way.”

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

Source: AP

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