UPDATE JUNE 1: Case reassigned to Judge Stephen White
Drew Peterson’s Attorney Asks For New Judge
CHICAGO (CBS) ― Drew Peterson’s defense attorney has asked for another new judge to be appointed in Peterson’s murder trial.
If Joel Brodsky’s motion is granted, the case would have its third judge.
Last week the Will County state’s attorney had asked that Judge Richard Schoenstedt be removed, on the grounds of bias against the state. Will County Chief Judge Gerald Kinney last Thursday appointed Carla J. Alessio-Policandriotes to oversee the case.
At the time Brodsky challenged the motion and called it gamesmanship and said he would ask for the new judge to be replaced, but later said Judge Alessio-Policandriotes was someone the defense team could work with.
“Frankly, we knew very little about this judge that we were assigned to and we tried to find out as much as we could in the short period of time that was given us,” Brodsky said last week. “And the consensus was that we would stay with her.”
Drew Peterson was involved in the decision to accept a new judge. More important to the defense was avoiding some judges in particular.
“It turned out that there were too many other choices we didn’t want, so rather than roll the dice, we stayed with his judge,” Brodsky had said. “But what I’ve been able to find out about her in the short period of time that we’ve had is that she is very fair-minded.”
Brodsky and the defense team have apparently changed their mind and do want a new judge now.
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