States’ Attorney wants apology from Joel Brodsky

DuPage County States Attorney, Joe Birkett

“Rumors, gossip and innuendo” (to quote Joel Brodsky) have been rampant since last week’s leak of Judge Stephen White‘s sealed ruling on the admission of hearsay statements into the murder trial of Drew Peterson.

Both the Chicago Tribune and Daily Herald reported that they had been given the sealed decision and described the contents which revealed the judge’s opinion that Peterson had in fact killed both Stacy Peterson and Kathleen Savio. This decision cleared the way for some of the hearsay statements to be admitted since, by making both witnesses unavailable to testify, Peterson forfeits his right to confront them in court.

Justice Café’s Rescueapet, contacted Charles Pelkie, spokesman for State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow and he informed her that the Will County Court Administrator was asked whether (the ruling) could have inadvertently been released, and the response to that was no. It is under seal in the Circuit Court. So, at this point, there is no legitimate way this ruling was provided to anyone outside of the parties of this case.

The Will County State’s Attorney office stated that they were “outraged” and looking into their legal options for dealing with the leak.

Then last week, Peterson’s lead attorney, Joel Brodsky implied that DuPage County State’s Attorney, Joe Birkett could have been responsible for leaking the ruling. He told Sun-Times reporter Joe Hosey, “My understanding is Birkett had a copy and the timing is suspicious, because all the leaks started after he started consulting with Glasgow.

According to Charles Pelkie, Joe Birkett doesn’t have a copy of the sealed ruling. Joe Birkett has sent a letter to Joel Brodsky demanding an apology for implying that he had any involvement with the leaked document.

Who leaked the sealed ruling to the Chicago Tribune and the Daily Herald? It makes sense to look in the direction of who such a leak would benefit the most…

Read more at the Bolingbrook Sun

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91 thoughts on “States’ Attorney wants apology from Joel Brodsky

  1. DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett says he isn’t going to take any of Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky’s nonsense.

    “…I expect a public apology immediately”

    It’s about time someone acknowledge that Brodsky IS nonsense, and that he just might want to put up or shut up.

    I don’t know if Birkett suggested in the letter what he might do if a public apology is not forthcoming, but I’m wondering if he can formally register a complaint with ARDC? Someday, sometime, Brodsky will have to answer to someone for his outrageous, nonsensical, insensitive, blaring remarks about others. Especially when he shoots off his mouth without factual basis.

    What’s up with shifting blame for the leak every few days? Without a scorecard, it’s hard to keep track of this.

  2. Of course, Joel will never apologize.

    If he starts with an apology to Birkett, he’ll have to continue apologizing to everyone else he has insulted, slandered and hurt since he was brought on to the case. He’d be putting in some long hours — “10 to 10 no time for lunch even” as Ellie says.

  3. I am sure he will not apologize as long as he does not have to. He will blame Joe.

    Joel seems to be a lawyer extremely devoted to his client. I wonder if he followed Drew’s order and wore gloves while copying and sending the order to the media ;).

    My friend says Brodsky cannot be disbarred by the judge or another lawyer due to revealing the document as you can be disbarred only if you act against the interest of your client. But the judge is entitled to punish Brodsky with a fincial penalty, or even with jail, for not following court procedures. That is what I have heard but cannot be 100% sure if my friend is right or not. But if Drew is not satisfied, he can be disbarred 🙂

    Don’t you think we have too much anonymous information and coincidences in this case? Letter, emails or even fake pictures of Stacy from anonymous senders from all around the world, documents stolen from the police car (and also sent to the media), all the so called experts who would sell their souls for a few bucks, and now the leak of the order. Is it a coincidence that other lawyers dealing with Drew’s case have run away?
    IMO, Brodsky must be desperate. No matter what he says to the media, he knows he cannot win the case without legal tricks because the State has enough evidence to convice any jury about Drew’s guilt, even if the jury was selected on the Moon.
    On the other hand, what can he do to save his ass? Think about Drew tapping against the court desk… ;).

  4. The management of The Trib could always redeem themselves by encouraging the journalists to name their source.

  5. IMO, the Tribune has nothing to redeem themselves over. I’ll defend any journalist’s decision to not name their sources.

    Journalists consider a promise to protect the identity of a confidential source a sacred trust. This relationship is so sacred that legal battles often arise out of a reporter’s insistence on protecting his or her source in the face of judicial subpoenas commanding otherwise

    http://www.legalzoom.com/us-law/privacy/can-journalist-be-forced

  6. Yeah, Facs, I have to agree with that. I think, though, like Bucket, it’s just hard to swallow because we know how this leak was meant to manipulate the public’s opinions even more by this sealed information making it into the media. We follow this case so closely, it’s that we don’t like when things like this happen. Still, we do look to the media for information, so it’s all part of the game.

    LOL, I guess it makes Brodsky just as mad when he gets quoted saying the stupid things he does, or much of the other negative information that comes out about him.

    I don’t expect the newspapers that wrote about this to name their sources, and I don’t expect the source to be known any time soon, but assuming, IMO, which side is responsible, I hope they suffer the consequences.

  7. In this particular case it appears there is a trend to completely sabotage and derail the entire Judicial system as one can imagine the potential of havoc that creates (!!)

  8. I can defend any journalist’s right not to publicly name their source as long as such a source reveals an illegal activitiy (corruption, for instance). Then it serves the justice. If the motive of the source is to disturb the justice and to take advantage of such an act, it does nothing good except from feeding people’s curiosity.
    However, IMO, the source is anonymous and the copy was sent to the editor or whomever else as it happened with the documents stolen from the ISP car.

  9. You’re probably right, Cyrhla, that it was simply anonymous. I take issue with it being a sealed order in a murder trial. It isn’t like they didn’t know its status and import; they weren’t exposing wrongdoing. I still say it’s totally jive to print it just because you have it….and what is the point?

    I totally get protecting sources, but in this case the source showed comtempt for Judge White, the Court, the victims, the jurors….

  10. I agree, bucket.
    I wonder if the copies released by the court to the parties are indentical in printing or they are addressed personally to each party and then have a different layout. If they differ in any way, it will be easy to check where the leak took place. Provided that the media return the copy to the judge. Maybe they have already done it.

  11. I wonder if the document was made available to others besides Trib and Herald. Did the leaker shun The Sun?

  12. bucketoftea :
    I wonder if the document was made available to others besides Trib and Herald. Did the leaker shun The Sun?

    LOL, LOL at the omission of The Sun and Geraldo.

    I suppose the evil-Fox-reporter-woman didn’t get one either – LOL !

  13. rescueapet :

    DuPage County State’s Attorney Joe Birkett says he isn’t going to take any of Drew Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky’s nonsense.
    “…I expect a public apology immediately”

    It’s about time someone acknowledge that Brodsky IS nonsense, and that he just might want to put up or shut up.
    I don’t know if Birkett suggested in the letter what he might do if a public apology is not forthcoming, but I’m wondering if he can formally register a complaint with ARDC? Someday, sometime, Brodsky will have to answer to someone for his outrageous, nonsensical, insensitive, blaring remarks about others. Especially when he shoots off his mouth without factual basis.
    What’s up with shifting blame for the leak every few days? Without a scorecard, it’s hard to keep track of this.

    Rescueapet…………I’d love to see a public apology by Joel Brodsky to Joe Birkett, but I doubt we’ll see one. I think we all can guess where the leak is coming from, and this was just a way to shift the blame to someone else.

    Joel Brodsky needs to be sanctioned by the bar for his behavior.

    And thanks to you Rescueapet for making that call! 🙂

  14. I’d love to see this backfire on JB. Perhaps a letter to the editor of the two newspapers from a reader. Something along the lines of, “now that we’ve learned that even the judge thinks Drew Peterson is guilty of murdering his two wives, how can a jury fail to convict him?”

    But then again, JB would probably use something like this as a basis to present a motion for a change of venue.

  15. My new name for Joel is THE MAD HATTER, he is so out of his mind. This case from the very beginning,has been nothing but a bunch of garbage. My question is this…..why hasn’t he been held accountable for this? If it were any of us, we would be so in the slammer.No wonder why George and Abood walked away.I can’t believe that any of this nonsense is tolerable.Holy Hell Batman, if I was in Drew’s shoes, there is no way, I would want this NUT JOB Brodsky defending me…This is only my opinion…Hey Drew!!!!!!! you get what you pay for…

  16. Carlton Smith’s book on Drew Peterson will be available on August 31st.

    Book Cover

    You can pre-order at Amazon:

    Cold as Ice: A True Story of Murder, Disappearance, and the Multiple Lives of Drew Peterson

    Product Description
    Kathleen Savio was married to Drew Peterson for eleven years before filing for divorce in 2003. The next year, she was found dead in her bathtub. Her drowning appeared to be an accident—and for years, no one had reason to question it. But when Peterson’s next wife, Stacy—thirty years younger—went missing, the tough-talking and wise-cracking former Illinois cop came under suspicion….

    With Stacy Peterson missing—and presumed dead—authorities exhumed Kathleen Savio’s body, looking for answers. A new autopsy pointed to homicide, and a 2002 letter was revealed in which Savio wrote that Drew, “knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or kill me instead.” He was arrested for Kathleen’s murder, and is a prime suspect in Stacy’s disappearance, Peterson continues to protest his innocence. New York Times bestselling author Carlton Smith digs deep into the mystery behind the two Peterson wives—and sheds some light on one of the most complex crime cases in modern American history.

    From the Back Cover
    AS SEEN ON NATIONAL TV

    Drew Peterson lost two of his wives.

    Kathleen Savio was married to Drew Peterson for eleven years before filing for divorce in 2003. The next year, she was found dead in her bathtub. Her drowning appeared to be an accident—and for years, no one had reason to question it. But when Peterson’s next wife, Stacy—thirty years younger—went missing, the tough-talking and wise-cracking former Illinois cop came under suspicion….

    Is he a widower—or a cold-blooded killer?

    With Stacy Peterson missing—and presumed dead—authorities exhumed Kathleen Savio’s body, looking for answers. A new autopsy pointed to homicide, and a 2002 letter was revealed in which Savio wrote that Drew, “knows how to manipulate the system, and his next step is to take my children away. Or kill me instead.” He was arrested for Kathleen’s murder, and is a prime suspect in Stacy’s disappearance, Peterson continues to protest his innocence. New York Times bestselling author Carlton Smith digs deep into the mystery behind the two Peterson wives—and sheds some light on one of the most complex crime cases in modern American history.

    * With 8 pages of dramatic photographs *

    http://www.amazon.com/Cold-Ice-Disappearance-Multiple-Peterson/dp/0312388845/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1280781191&sr=8-2

  17. Author’s page at MacMillan books:

    CARLTON SMITH is the New York Times bestselling author of The Search for the Green River Killer. An award-winning journalist for The Los Angeles Times and The Seattle Times during the 1970s and 1980s, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in investigative reporting in 1988, and now works full-time as a true crime author. There are more than two million copies of his books in print. He lives in Reno, Nevada.

    http://us.macmillan.com/author/carltonsmith

  18. So, we heard Carlton Smith was writing a “Drew Book” back in May 2009. I guess his publisher wanted to wait until closer to the trial to release it?

    If anyone buys it, please let us know if there’s anything new in it. My hunch is he probably spent a fair amount of time on Justice Café… 🙂

  19. Yeah, Facs, you might be right about that. There’s enough content in the archives of this blog to write a set of 26 books about the life and times of Drew Peterson. Whew.

  20. I can’t imagine he would have been able to write anything we wouldn’t already know about. The books after the trials are another matter….;)

  21. The Third District Appellate Court has updated their oral arguments calendar. I don’t know which appeals will be heard on which dates tho. The other districts seem to be better about providing PDFs with more info.

    August 31 September 1 & 2 (Ottawa)
    Sept. 17 – Kankakee Community College
    October 1 – Lewis University
    October 7 – Augustana College
    October 12, 13 & 14 (OTTAWA)
    October 26 – Bradley University
    November 30 December 1 & 2 (Ottawa)

    http://www.state.il.us/court/AppellateCourt/OralCal/3rd_Dist.asp

  22. Sorry folks, a couple posts have been sent to pending. Please refrain from trolling and personal insults towards your fellow-commenters.

    If you are new to posting on the blog, please make sure to read the “Rules for Commenting“.

    If your intention in commenting is to make personal attacks and/or stir up trouble you will be banned from commenting.

    Please use common sense. Thanks!

  23. There’s always two sides to everything, and having an opposing opinion is not the issue. The issue is coming on and personally attacking the other bloggers here, which is childish, immature and insensitive.

    Play by the rules of blogging without the name calling hen crap. That’s all it takes.

  24. I’m disappointed to hear about trolly comments. If there is something that needs further debate, I’d like to know what it is so we can give it a proper seeing-to. 🙂

  25. Let’s get the traveling circus on the road. Cast of thousands, including THE MAD HATTER, his trained chimp,able to preform on command, and all the money grubbing behind the scenes, directors. This is a 3 ring circus, but I wont pay admission.
    This is about 2 mothers, that lost their lives, 4 children motherless, all at the hands of a trained monkey.
    I pray to God, that the SA’s office has their ducks in a row, so that this monkey stays put in the zoo. And maybe with a little luck, THE MAD HATTER and friends aren’t far behind.

  26. And to the DuPAge County SA……did you get your apology yet from the MAD HATTER? My guess would be NOOOOOOOOOOOOO..So to Mr.Birkett, stop pounding your chest like TARZAN,don’t throw idle threats, and DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT in writting.

  27. I’m still waiting to hear what the stern letter from Birkett to Brodsky accomplished. He demanded an apology–did he get it, and, if not, what is he going to do about it?

    How does this Brodsky schmuck get the right to be called a lawyer, with a license to practice law, when most of what he does is connive ways to make money from the notoriety of his client, and then threaten anyone else that has something to say that is not favorable to Peterson? He’s used Peterson to promote his now failed business (he managed to get Geoff Pinkus to agree to promote his personal liquor establishment in exchange for having Drew on his program). He concocted a radio-date scheme with Steve Dahl to generate publicity for themselves. He paraded Peterson Downtown to Mancow’s radio studio to pretend to challenge Raines’ ex to a fight. He tried to get Steph Watts to pay for an exclusive interview with Peterson and Raines. He listed Peterson’s motorcycle on Ebay for bids starting at $50,000.00. These weren’t the doings of a professional, dignified attorney. These are the doings of a major nut case who’s lost his way in Peterson land.

    He’s accused opposing lawyers of violating court orders when, in reality, he could just as well be the culprit himself. Unless he has proof otherwise.

    How and why does this poor excuse of an attorney get away with this stuff?

  28. Maybe it’s time, that people like us demand answers.I for 1, would like to know why the NUT JOB Brodsky, hasn’t been held accountable for this nonsense? This is SICK and Nauseating. All this shows me is that, this “so called lawyer” who scraped the bottom of the barrell, with his so called degree,is grasping at straws to get this MONKEY OFF. Surely, Mr. Glasgow and Mr. Birkett can not fear this NUT JOB! Or do They?

  29. FYI – Hey everyone. Not being one to let things hang, I attempted to contact the PR person in SA Birkett’s office. The call went to voicemail. The individual whose voicemail I received is out of the office until August 10.

    I directed an email to SA Birkett’s office. I inquired as to whether he has received a response to his demand letter of Brodsky. I also inquired as to whether we can receive, via email, a copy of that letter.

    Of course, if there’s any response, we’ll sure put it on here.

  30. Yes, thanks. He demanded a public apology, I think. I guess that means it will be public….should we be checking the nether pages of the Trib? LOL

  31. Hey, thanks Meirsh.

    Bucket – I checked Birkett’s website, and there’s no press release about receiving any public apology.

    I tried calling Mr. Pelkie too to see if there’s any public information he can extend regarding the leak situation, but the call went to voicemail and I didn’t leave a message.

    Just trying to keep the blog up-to-date with information.

  32. Drew’s biggest groupie posted this on SYM Last night:

    “Tomorrow there will be things happening that will blow the lid off of so much. Stay tuned because theres someone very unhappy and looking to unload all the info at hand. You all will know before anyone else including the press!”

    be interesting to see what she is talking about

  33. Oh, wow, that’s an “interesting” comment.

    “Stay tuned?” Oh, ok. Someone is “very unhappy?” Yeah, no kidding. Didn’t we mention that before? Let’s see, common sense would tell you that two attorneys have left the defense team, and the partner of Joel is now the ex-partner. I’d say that’s three unhappy people.

    I have a question here, LOL. If this person who posted this on SYMS has information from parties involved with the case, and this person has to post teasers like this on a private blog, what does that say about (1) the confidence that someone would place with her regarding sensitive matters; or (2) the person this party is using to “blow the lid off of” anything?

  34. Is it big news now if a lawyer does leave the team if it isn’t the lead lawyer? So many lawyers have already left the team that it doesn’t seem like that would be big news.

  35. TAI – In all honesty, nothing shocks me, or I think most anyone, anymore about this case.

    No, an attorney leaving this team wouldn’t be a shock to anyone, IMO. All this case generates anymore is sideshow antics that merely add to the circus.

    If it doesn’t get Peterson released on bond, if it doesn’t get the case dismissed, if it doesn’t get one of the lawyers disbarred, or if it doesn’t locate the remains of Stacy Peterson, it’s just fodder for entertainment.

    IMO, of course.

  36. AFAIK, the last lawyer to leave was three months ago (well, technically I think she hasn’t left the case, just split with Brodsky) so I wouldn’t even consider that news.
    Of course, I’m sure everyone involved with the defense is rather unhappy. They rarely seem otherwise.

    Remember this little FB nugget from last Spring?

    XXX Odeh wrote at 8:04am yesterday
    Joel looks so ticked off!

    Reem Odeh wrote at 12:17pm yesterday
    XXXX, he doesn’t, actually that’s his happy face.

    Elizabeth Brodsky wrote at 12:20pm yesterday
    Does he have a happy face? Hmmm? Let me think, if i remember seeing it lately????? Nope nothing nada….blank ! Don’t recall seeing it in the recent memory!

  37. Oh, yeah, that reminds me that Attorney Lopez chose not to sit with his co-counsel members at the defense table during one hearing, in which we wrote about that too.

    That doesn’t sound like a happy camper to me either.

    Regardless, pfft. Whatever.

  38. Pfft whatever is right, who gives a rats ass? Not me…MADHATTER is a attorney I would be proud of……NOT

  39. Goldiez – It’s a “members only” blog that was started by someone early in the days (at least I think that’s when it was started) after Stacy disappeared. Joel Brodsky used to blog there himself for a while.

    You have to be “accepted” to join, and to be able to read and post there. SYM stands for Speak Your Mind.

  40. It occurs to me that someone involved with this case, whether “unhappy” or not, would do better than to confide in a hanger-on who is hungry for attention and acceptance.

    Especially if the information they share is something that is best kept confidential at this time. We all know how easily things get leaked…but some of us are able to keep a confidence. 😉

  41. Well, yeah, Facs, that’s true.

    I mean, what is the purpose of teasing your fellow bloggers with upcoming information, and then slam this blog with that hen crap again?

    She needs to take her medication. It’s time.

  42. rescueapet :I’m still waiting to hear what the stern letter from Birkett to Brodsky accomplished. He demanded an apology–did he get it, and, if not, what is he going to do about it?
    How does this Brodsky schmuck get the right to be called a lawyer, with a license to practice law, when most of what he does is connive ways to make money from the notoriety of his client, and then threaten anyone else that has something to say that is not favorable to Peterson? He’s used Peterson to promote his now failed business (he managed to get Geoff Pinkus to agree to promote his personal liquor establishment in exchange for having Drew on his program). He concocted a radio-date scheme with Steve Dahl to generate publicity for themselves. He paraded Peterson Downtown to Mancow’s radio studio to pretend to challenge Raines’ ex to a fight. He tried to get Steph Watts to pay for an exclusive interview with Peterson and Raines. He listed Peterson’s motorcycle on Ebay for bids starting at $50,000.00. These weren’t the doings of a professional, dignified attorney. These are the doings of a major nut case who’s lost his way in Peterson land.
    He’s accused opposing lawyers of violating court orders when, in reality, he could just as well be the culprit himself. Unless he has proof otherwise.
    How and why does this poor excuse of an attorney get away with this stuff?

    I second that!! It’s beyond the pale that he has been allowed to get away with this unprofessional and scandalous behaviour for as long as he has. I also want to know why Judge White has not reeled him in for the multiple violations of the gag order. By allowing him to get away with it, the implicit message is that it’s OK. It’s so not OK!!

  43. No, Aussie, it’s not okay. Agreed.

    You know, another thing I was thinking about today is that bizarre letter that Peterson recently wrote to the Tribune. The one where he praises Joel for assembling the best group of attorneys he’s ever seen in all his years of being a police officer.

    I mean, who does that? Has anyone ever heard of a murder defendant sitting down, taking the time, and writing a kissy, huggy letter to a major newspaper about how warm and fuzzy he feels with his life in their hands, based on the great job his lead attorney did assembling such a team? A blessing in disguise, I think he called it.

    This is the craziest relationship between a client/defendant/attorney I’ve ever heard of. Maybe they do exist in other cases, but this is all new to me. Very, very strange.

  44. This is an “old” story that I think all will enjoy reading. I remember it well, and it certainly does still apply to the weird relationship that is Drew Peterson and Joel Brodsky.

    http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/view/55482

    excerpt

    Joel Brodsky & Drew Peterson: A Strange Marriage Indeed
    Rebekah Price

    Joel Brodsky remains constant like a politician´s wife, standing by his man. STNG wire reports continue saying Brodsky “…doesn´t believe Peterson will be charged in either case”, alluding to Drew´s third wife´s murder as well as Stacy´s disappearance. Is that a great lawyer or what? He believes his client to the very end, just like a good lawyer should.

    But what role does Joel Brodsky really play?

    The relationship between client and attorney has evolved into something quite strange: a co-dependency with Brodsky and Peterson feeding off each other´s egos, each deriving pleasure from this game of manipulation. Besides the mutual leaching, Drew Peterson will have the best representation his now defunct website can buy: the King of Denial in the public domain.

    As the old adage goes, you get what you pay for.

    Not able to leave well enough alone, the Herald News reports Brodsky has taken up the gauntlet against Drew Peterson´s neighbor, Sharon Bychowski and her son, Roy, for putting up “Where´s Stacy?” signs on their property. According to Brodsky, they “will be of no value” if offered up as witnesses for the prosecution since they appear to have a “vendetta” against Drew. Let´s get this straight: Peterson isn´t looking for his missing wife but the neighbors are… Yes, definitely a vendetta. And Brodsky discounts them as witnesses for the prosecution because of their behavior–in nearly the same breath he stated he does not believe Drew Peterson will be charged in either case. A non sequitur by any other name. Right.

    Now Brodsky´s even snubbing Drew´s old Boughton Road watering hole, Tailgaters, on his client´s behalf. He states Drew Peterson will be enjoying Gibson´s in Chicago instead, so he can enjoy a better class of folks. Translation: Peterson will be around people who prefer the neatness of lethal injection after multiple appeals, as opposed to the Bolingbrook crowd who want to light the fire and see him fry at a public barbecue. Joel sounds like a manipulated wife.

    As the relationship continues to devolve, Peterson and Brodsky fight to lead the dance against Drew´s perceived persecution. Since both parties desire control and fame, it must be difficult when one outshines the other with their seemingly incessant press-hogging touting Peterson´s innocence. In their passion to present Drew´s side, Brodsky and Peterson look like caviling buffoons stabbing at indiscriminant windmills. The pressure is getting to Drew and Joel.

  45. I somehow don’t think DuPage County States Attorney, Joe Birkett is going to let this rest.

    The written request for an apology is only the first step in the process to make Joel take responsibility for his slanderous comments.

    Of course Joel is going to side step the issue, but that doesn’t mean it is going away.

    We haven’t heard the last of this by any means !!

  46. JAH, I hope you are right..and #54…love that story…And don’t forget, The Madhatter wanted Lenny to torch the garden, not Drew,but Brodsky! Dosen’t that strike something weird?

  47. rescueapet :
    Just checking in to see if the lid is still on. Yep, it is. Nothing’s been blown off.

    My first thought, when I read that, was maybe she/he/it (and yes, I really know who it is) was just trying to see if she could get a rise out of the JC posters. Maybe stir the pot a little, since her post(s) was/were deleted here. At least that’s what I gathered upthread, but maybe I’m mistaken, as I didn’t see what actually transpired. Never know with some of that group what’s up their sleeve, but who really cares anyway? It’s not like any of them offer anything of significance to the matter. 😀

  48. Hey CFS. 🙂

    What is “lid blowing” for some is old news for others and no, her posts weren’t deleted here. She never posted at JC.

    “Stay tuned” as some would say…LOL!

  49. Quiet, isn’t it? It’s 10 days since Bratsky accused Birkett of leaking White’s ruling (yes, Joel, it still counts as an accusation even if you turn around and immediately say it isn’t…we know that you know that we know that you know the actual truth…and your intentions).

    What do we think? Has there been an apology and everyone’s being grown up about it or has absolutely nothing moved on JB’s part? btw would anyone else but the defense choose to leak to The Trib? they -steve ‘n’ stacy- seem to have a good relationship with JB.

  50. Hey Bucket.

    I honestly don’t think ANYONE has a good relationship with Brodsky. If you give it some thought, many people that had dealings with him, be it authors, a local reporter, witnesses, law partner, defense co-counsel, have had issues with the man. He’s a tyrant. Mess with him, he attempts to chew people up and spit them out. He’s a perfect fit for Peterson. His goal is to make peoples’ lives miserable whenever he can if he thinks he’s been ****ed with. Confidentiality agreements. Letter of praise. Motions to withdraw. Agreements on radio shows to promote his business in exchange for Peterson’s presence.

    Doesn’t that say something about him? Peterson doesn’t appear to be ready to cut the guy loose, but my guess would be he’s choking with the Brodsky noose around his neck.

  51. It’s interesting to wonder about that….what would make DP sack JB? They’re thicker than thieves.

    You’re absolutely right JB is a pugnacious little git. He’s taller than you might expect for his personality traits. Really. Anyone who would sue for alienation of affection anytime this century or the last three quarters of the last…..or want to see a memorial garden torched…or think it’s appropriate to tell the children they were “used” not loved by Paula and Lenny…

    I did wonder if the team member who went to sit with Drew in court was trying to have a private word with him, not so much scorning JB. A possibility? I wonder if JB has persuaded DP that he can’t sack him.

  52. I wonder, too, what ties Peterson to Brodsky. Does Peterson appreciate his ruthless antics to destroy anyone who dares to disagree with him? Because that is what Brodsky seems to do. If he can’t do it with his attempts through the legal system, he does it with his character assassinations. Sending off cease and desist letters is a favorite of his. I know for a fact he scared Geoff Pinkus with a cease and desist phone call. Lisa Ward, Vicki Connolly, Michelle Lefort have been targets of his. Matt Phelps, a crime writer. He stiffed a forensic effort on his bill because he didn’t like his findings, and made him sign a confidentiality agreement on top of it. He tried to get a local reporter fired a few times (guess who), he likes to think he can take credit for getting the FSP board shut down, and, of course, his biggie favorite his hauling out his drunken, drugged character assassination routine to use against witnesses that have revealing things to say about his client.

    But, just remember one thing here. This is all done outside of the courtroom. When it comes to really needing his lawyer to make things work for him through the legal system, Peterson can’t count on Brodsky to even stay awake in court. He can’t win a motion, and he can’t seem to “get along with the other kids.”

    Hoo Hum, guess Peterson knows what he’s doing.

  53. Good Morning! OT but none the less interesting in a shallow famewhore TV lawyer caught out kind of a way.

    Lawyer Anne Bremner tries to block records about DUI arrest

    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2012537195_bremner05m.html

    She’s also shot herself in both feet by being a big media defender of Amanda Knox and invited derision by continuing to use decades-old publicity photos. Maye it’s time she retired to write her novel.

    I know someone who has been defrauding insurance and the gov’t for months and months with a fake head injury. Concussion is so easy to fake. It’s a little like Drew having occasionally been able to stop interviews in their tracks by invoking his status as a father of young children. It does give good people pause even when it shouldn’t. (he murdered their mommies!)

  54. rescueapet :
    FYI – Hey everyone. Not being one to let things hang, I attempted to contact the PR person in SA Birkett’s office. The call went to voicemail. The individual whose voicemail I received is out of the office until August 10.
    I directed an email to SA Birkett’s office. I inquired as to whether he has received a response to his demand letter of Brodsky. I also inquired as to whether we can receive, via email, a copy of that letter.
    Of course, if there’s any response, we’ll sure put it on here.

    Thanks Rescueapet! I’d love to see an apology from Brodsky, but I doubt he’ll apologize. Joel Brodsky seems to be the type of person who believes he is superior to everyone else and he can skirt the rules – they don’t apply to him. In more ways than one, Joel Brodsky and his client are very much alike in the contempt they have for the rules that everyone else follows…………..society’s rules and the rules of law.

  55. bucketoftea :

    So why does he get away with it? I don’t get it.

    He’s been getting away with being a creepy, icky guy, but somehow I think that is only temporary. For all that he’s managed to concoct, and all the war of words from him these past many months, it has to catch up with him sometime. Brodsky doesn’t seem to have an abundance of kind words flowing his way, either by colleagues, partners, co-defense members, clients, acquaintances and/or friends.

    His day will come, IMO.

  56. No live links to this story any more, but it’s always worth a revisit:

    JOEL BRODSKY | Police calls, suspension of law license uncovered

    December 8, 2007
    BY JOE HOSEY Herald News

    Chicago attorney Joel Brodsky has the hottest case in the country.

    His client, former cop Drew Peterson, has appeared as a guest on network television and as a subject in supermarket tabloids. Brodsky himself followed suit, showing up on the “Today” show and other news programs covering the disappearance of Peterson’s wife, Stacy, who has not been seen since Oct. 28.

    Initially, Brodsky welcomed the publicity. But now, Brodsky, who is 50 and has practiced law for 25 years, says he got more than he bargained for. He receives hate mail, is besieged with interview requests, and in recent weeks, reporters have focused on his own background.

    Among other incidents, they found several police reports over the years, including three domestic calls, one involving a SWAT team responding to Brodsky’s Wilmette home.

    According to a report of the Sept. 2, 2002, incident involving a “suicidal person,” Brodsky’s wife, Elizabeth Brodsky, told police “Joel Brodsky was in the house armed with a shotgun.”

    He had gone to his car to get a shotgun, police said. Elizabeth Brodsky “screamed at [her daughters] to get their shoes and leave now,” the report said. “Mr. Brodsky exclaimed, ‘That’s right. You leave, get out of here, now I’m going to do it right and blow my head off with this shotgun.'”

    No one was arrested.

    The Brodskys admit they were arguing but say the matter was the result of miscommunication and that police portrayed it inaccurately.

    Joel Brodsky said he never planned to harm himself.

    “I’m in my living room watching TV. Next thing I know, I’m getting a call from a hostage negotiator,” Brodsky said.

    “Most of this stuff is blown out of proportion,” Elizabeth Brodsky said…

  57. I don’t think it’s going to be long before something comes out about Odeh and Brodsky. Odeh made a break and is starting a separate law practice. Certainly, that would not be the situation if all were well, and while they’re in the middle of a very high profile murder case. It is very serious between these two to break up at this point.

    Regardless of what is going on, negative publicity and exposing nasty, personal details between two law partners isn’t exactly a good day for the partner that has the most baggage to be exposed!

    These two former law partners having a major conflict, enough to break up their partnership, isn’t exactly “blowing the lid off” of anything, other than solidifying the previous thoughts and discussions we’ve held here that Brodsky’s way of practicing law leaves something to be desired. Not in the way he bothers us, but he has a fool for a client if his client thinks his life is in his good hands! Our lives go on just fine, thank you. We enjoy the mornings, our coffee, the sun, the afternoon, our family dinners, our down time. Peterson enjoys a lawyer who hasn’t gotten him much other than a trip back and forth to a courtroom while in shackles.

    Again, two defense counsel left the team due to conflicts with Brodsky. A forensic expert, although limited in what he could divulge, indicated Brodsky stiffed him on a bill because he didn’t agree with the defense’s so-called expert witness. Now his law partner split.

    Reem Odeh hasn’t spoken out during any of this time that she has any ethical concerns with the way her former partner handled Peterson’s defense or media exposure. One time she spoke out, early in the days/weeks following Stacy Peterson’s disappearance, that she did have some concerns about Peterson speaking constantly in the media, but it seems that she let Brodsky handle that later in the press by saying her remarks were taken out of context. He did the speaking for her.

    A press release, which was meant to address Odeh’s legal capabilities, ah hem, appears to have been released not by her, but her former law partner, in which he threw in some utterly useless remarks about her “good looks.” Good looks which the readers should not take into consideration regarding her legal capabilities. If she was not responsible for writing that worthless POS piece, then pity her for having to endure her former law partner’s condescending attitude.

    We expect that some interesting titillating details will eventually be forthcoming, but it will only serve to indicate that it’s just more of the same…that which is Brodsky. Funny, isn’t it, that never is there much of a chance to discuss the defense’s captivating, moving, earth shattering, lid blowing wins in court. Just the usual gossip, circus-like atmosphere that follows this crew around.

  58. Heres hoping, Reem takes the bull by the horns, and lets JB and crew get what they have coming to them. JMHO. As the old saying goes, Sock it to em. LOL

  59. From my observations, it’s my guess that Reem Odeh is taking the ‘high road’ and walking away with her head held high and her reputation held in high esteem.

    IMO, Reem is not lowering her herself and her practice to the lowest level of her ‘former’ law partner. She appears to have a tremendous network of loving relatives and friends who hold Reem in high regard. Her responses always appear to be very positive and optimistic. I’m thinking that Reem’s new practice will not include criminal case defense types.

  60. Hi Judgin. What you’ve said seems to be true, but she is NOT walking away from the case. She continues to be one of the defense attorneys, and unless Peterson fires her, she will continue to do so. The break-up is between her and Brodsky.

    The thing is, will he convince Peterson to discharge her, or is that a non-issue?

  61. rescueapet :Hi Judgin. What you’ve said seems to be true, but she is NOT walking away from the case. She continues to be one of the defense attorneys, and unless Peterson fires her, she will continue to do so. The break-up is between her and Brodsky.
    The thing is, will he convince Peterson to discharge her, or is that a non-issue?

    Who knows… that’s the part we cannot answer until we see the details of the partnership financial breakup. I’m thinking there is more $$$ (uncollectible) owed from JB to Reem than viceversa and there is lots of untangling and negotiating going on.

    What is/was Reem’s role in that case anyway? It seems to me that she was in charge of case file and data management, spin, tracking news articles, forum gossip, and public awareness, with a little on camera background ‘agreement’ rubbernecking, and cheerleading in court hearings on the side. LOL

    I sure would not tolerate the kind of private business and confidential client legal case information leaking out from my office and posted on the forums by insiders or office personnel.

    I also noticed some comments are ignored by Reem on her FB page. I can see her grimace and eyes rolling while she posts sweet responses.

  62. You gotta wonder about that Odeh/Brodsky partnership in the first place.

    What was Reems motivation to team up with someone like Joel whose reputation wasn’t exactly stellar to begin with and had an already very acrimonious split with a previous business partner with lots of in house fighting over money and legal issues.

    Looks like Reem is now finding herself in the exact same position.

    Hadn’t she ever heard of leopards never changing their spots ???

  63. Judgin said:

    I sure would not tolerate the kind of private business and confidential client legal case information leaking out from my office and posted on the forums by insiders or office personnel.

    Oh, how you hit the nail on the head.

    What a low, classless act of desperate attention grabbing to act as though one is carrying out a wish of a supposed smart woman, an attorney, by going on a private blog and teasing its members with information that will “blow the lid off” of everything.

    Come on, cut the crap and tell it all, I say, since you’re dying to do it. Only thing is, Reem Odeh didn’t stop with honey pie in her tales of woe. Just that others have more class than to put her business on a blog before she decides to do it publicly.

    But, hey, whatever floats your boat.

  64. justanotherhen :

    You gotta wonder about that Odeh/Brodsky partnership in the first place.

    What was Reems motivation to team up with someone like Joel whose reputation wasn’t exactly stellar to begin with and had an already very acrimonious split with a previous business partner with lots of in house fighting over money and legal issues.

    Looks like Reem is now finding herself in the exact same position.

    Hadn’t she ever heard of leopards never changing their spots ???

    Unfortunately for her, I don’t think she realized she was going to be in a partnership with a guy who’s bonkers. Even with the few years of experience Reem Odeh had three years ago when they took on the Peterson case, she knew better than to let a client be led around like a dog on a leash, talking and blabbing away on any tv outlet that Brodsky could get him on. She knew better than to have a client that was out of control:

    Asked whether she discussed those issues with Brodsky, Odeh said, “Absolutely. I don’t think it’s appropriate. I think it is in the client’s best interest to keep it quiet and focus on the case. But he just says the case is going to make us famous and we’re all going to get book deals.”

    Odeh said she plans to meet with Peterson and tell him that she believes he should behave in a more professional manner, and if that doesn’t happen, she will push to have him dropped as a client.

    http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2008-02-28/news/0802271032_1_revoked-state-police-guns-and-other-items

  65. Unfortunately for her, I don’t think she realized she was going to be in a partnership with a guy who’s bonkers.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    LOL, LOL, LOL !!

    She (Reem) must have been the only one that didn’t know as he (Joel) is not very apt at hiding it ……

  66. Drew Peterson case: search for Stacy takes police to Knox County in latest evidence hunt
    August 10, 4:02 PM

    Chicago Crime Examiner Deborah O’Malley

    The search for evidence in the Stacy Peterson case took Illinois State Police to Knox County last week, but the search failed to turn up anything.

    Police searched an area outside of Galesburg last Tuesday, according to Master Sgt. Thomas Burek. Burek would not say what evidence police were looking for but said the search was unsuccessful.

    He said the search was prompted by leads generated from a source tapped earlier this year. That source had investigators digging in an area in rural Peoria in early June. It was reported at the time that police were looking for Peterson’s body and the Peoria County coroner was at the site during the dig. No body was found…

    http://www.examiner.com/x-7520-Chicago-Crime-Examiner~y2010m8d10-Drew-Peterson-case-search-for-Stacy-takes-police-to-Knox-County-in-latest-evidence-hunt

  67. Looks like the search for Stacy is still active after all. What a puzzling set of circumstances this appears to be. One thing for sure, I hope they are on to something and do find what they need that leads them to a conclusion of what happened to Stacy Peterson.

  68. Local News
    E-mail inquiries and press releases to news@wgil.com

    FIRST ON WGIL: Stacy Peterson Search Enters Knox County
    FIRST REPORTED 6:00am 8/11/10 Just when you thought the search for a missing Chicago-area woman couldn’t get any closer than Peoria, it has.

    The Illinois State Police confirms that a search was conducted in Knox County a week ago Tuesday for Stacy Peterson — the Bolingbrook woman missing since 2007 and believed to be dead. Peterson’s husband, former police sergeant Drew Peterson, has long been suspected in the woman’s death.

    State Police Sergeant Tom Burek tells WGIL the search was close to Galesburg.

    “For now, I just allude to the fact that it was close to — very close — to Galesburg,” Burek said.

    Burek says police were acting on a tip generated following the June search of an area outside of Peoria that didn’t produce results. Burek tells WGIL this search went much the same way.

    “There was nothing that we found of interest during that search at all,” Burek said.

    Burek would not say if the land was public or private, but does say the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and Galesburg Police aided in the search, and says cooperation with both agencies was perfect.

    The search only came to light within the past couple days after it was reported by a Chicago crime website.

    Drew Peterson is jailed in Will County awaiting trial for the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

    http://www.wgil.com/localnews.php?xnewsaction=fullnews&newsarch=082010&newsid=119

  69. Drew Peterson investigation enters Knox County
    Search near Galesburg yields no results

    By Staff reports
    The Register-Mail
    Posted Aug 11, 2010 @ 10:52 AM
    GALESBURG —

    Illinois State Police investigators were in the Galesburg area Aug. 3 as the search continues for the fourth wife of former Chicago area policeman Drew Peterson. Master Sgt. Tom Burek of the state police said investigators were following up on a lead that brought them to Knox County.

    Peterson is facing murder charges in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. No one has been charged in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, and no body has been found.

    Stacy Peterson was 23 when she disappeared.

    Asked if investigators were in the area to look for Stacy Peterson’s body, Burek said he would not go so far as to say they were searching for her body. As for being in the area last week, “that would be correct, from the standpoint that we were searching.”

    Burek declined to pinpoint the location searched, but said, “we were in, I don’t know if you want to call it rural Knox County, but we were very close to Galesburg.”

    The search here yielded no results. This is not the first time the search has brought investigators to central Illinois this summer. In early June, investigators searched a rural location near Peoria. At that time, the Peoria County coroner verified that there was a search under way for human remains but did not confirm the search was related to Peterson. State police confirmed at that time they were following a lead having to do with Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

    Burek said the Galesburg Police Department, the state Department of Natural Resources and the state Department of Agriculture assisted state police last week in Knox County.

    Galesburg Police Chief David Christensen confirmed that his department helped in the search but referred comment to Burek.

    Burek was pleased with the assistance received from Galesburg police.

    “We received tremendous cooperation from the Galesburg Police Department, a very professional department,” Burek said. “I really think they did a good job. They were a real asset. If we were to return to this area, their skills would be called upon again.”

    Burek said the search here lasted most of the day on Aug. 3.

    “I would say it would be safe to say it lasted about three-quarters of a day,” Burek said.

    Drew Peterson has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the death of Savio. Investigators have also followed up on a number of leads in the Chicago area into the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, including sending divers into muddy waters not far from the couple’s home. He remains the only suspect in the death of his fourth wife. She disappeared in 2007, shortly after telling Peterson she wanted a divorce.

    Drew Peterson remains held in the Will County Jail on $20 million bond.

    http://www.galesburg.com/newsnow/x905704466/Drew-Peterson-investigation-enters-Knox-County

  70. We received tremendous cooperation from the Galesburg Police Department, a very professional department,” Burek said. “I really think they did a good job. They were a real asset. If we were to return to this area, their skills would be called upon again.

    I’ve scanned this article a couple of times, and no where does it mention whether Sgt. Burek was asked IF they were going to return to the area. Or, if this is to be ongoing, based on the leads generated from the informant that led them to the Peoria area. Two months have passed since TMZ was first to report the ISP was searching in Dunlap, yet, they continue to follow-up in another rural area.

    Burek declined to pinpoint the location searched, but said, “we were in, I don’t know if you want to call it rural Knox County, but we were very close to Galesburg.”

    I assume if they were done searching this undisclosed area, it wouldn’t matter whether Sgt. Burek pinpointed the location. So, IMO, based on my vivid imagination, I would think they have plans to return.

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