Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson’s lead attorney steps down

Lead attorney for convicted wife killer Drew Peterson announced Tuesday he will not move forward on Peterson’s defense team after more than five years as counsel for the disgraced Bolingbrook police officer.

Brodsky repeatedly denied being fired from the case, stating “I’m doing what’s in my client’s best interest.” In court Tuesday he initially attempted to “temporarily” withdraw from the Peterson appeal, but Judge Edward Burmila cut him off telling him “there’s no such thing” as a temporary withdrawal. Brodsky then affirmatively stepped down from the case.

In the several weeks following Peterson’s conviction for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Brodsky found himself in the middle of a series of very public controversies surrounding his handling of both the murder trial and his defense team.

He engaged in a feud with fellow defense counsel Steve Greenberg that included several harsh latters and Facebook posts that resulted in Brodsky urging Peterson to fire Greenberg and the slighted attorney’s subsequent attempt to withdraw from the case; however, Judge Burmila did not accept Greenberg’s resignation.

Two other attorneys, John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzales, also filed a motion for a new trial claiming ineffective assistance of counsel against Bordsky, claiming that Peterson had permitted them to file the documents. However, Brodsky apparently convinced Peterson to allow him to remain as lead counsel.

That was only a few weeks ago, and now Brodsky appears to be out for good. “The focus was not on the client and his issues … and I had to do something to get the case back on track,” said Brodsky.

“There’s going to be no more public finger-pointing,” said new lawyer David Peilet after the house cleaning. He also said other attorneys may have to go. Greenberg and three other attorneys from Peterson’s murder trial are still on the defense team.

A claim of ineffective assistance of counsel against Brodsky may still be on the table. “We are not going to close the door to that issue if it helps,” Peilet said.

Peterson faces up to 60 years in prison; however, his defense team is appealing the conviction. Sentencing is scheduled for November 26.

Ryan Kerns, Esq. Wild About Trial

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