Two Peterson attorneys withdraw
April 14, 2010
By JOE HOSEY email@example.com
JOLIET — Drew Peterson’s ship might not be sinking, but his lawyers sure are jumping off fast enough.
Two of Peterson’s attorneys — George Lenard of Joliet and Andrew Abood of East Lansing, Mich. — filed motions to withdraw from Peterson’s murder case.
The motions for both men cited “irreconcilable differences with co-counsel Joel Brodsky” and stated that “to go forth and proceed to trial would violate our firm’s ethical duty to zealously represent the best interests of our client.”
Brodsky, Peterson’s self-proclaimed “lead attorney,” was the first of the three lawyers to be retained by the former Bolingbrook cop. The Chicago attorney had taken a back seat to Lenard and Abood during the landmark hearing held in January and February to determine what hearsay evidence will be allowed at Peterson’s murder trial.
Peterson is charged with killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in March 2004. A state police investigation of Savio’s death ended with detectives concluding she accidentally drowned in her bathtub. But when Peterson’s next wife, Stacy Peterson, vanished in October 2007, the state police got another crack at figuring out what happened to Savio and decided that Peterson murdered her.
The state police also believe that Peterson may have had a hand in slaying the missing Stacy, but have failed to find her body, much less determine what has happened to her.
Peterson has not been charged in connection with Stacy’s disappearance. He remains in the Will County Jail.
Abood said Peterson is aware of his and Lenard’s decision to pull out of the case.
“We’ve done our due diligence,” he said, adding that “We left on good terms.”
Abood declined to discuss Peterson’s reaction to losing two-thirds of his defense team.
“I don’t want to comment on Drew’s emotional state,” he said.
Lenard and Brodsky did not immediately return calls for comment.
Lenard is scheduled to appear before Judge Stephen White on April 29 to discuss the motion. On Wednesday morning it was not known if Lenard’s and Abood’s withdrawal would push back the slated June 14 start to Peterson’s trial.
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