After almost five years of representation, Drew Peterson has finally decided to cut loose attorney, Joel Brodsky.
Technically, Brodsky has withdrawn from the case, saying that he wasn’t fired but rather:
Attorney David Peilet, of Clarendon Hills, has taken over as Peterson’s lead attorney and attorney John Heiderscheidt has also joined the team.
At a follow-up court date, Peterson conferenced privately with John Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez, who had filed the motion; as well as with Joel Brodsky and Steven Greenberg. (After Peterson’s conviction for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, Greenberg and Brodsky publicly traded barbs and Greenberg eventually wrote and disseminated a scathing letter which blamed Brodsky for the loss.) After hearing all of them out, Peterson appeared before Judge Burmila and stated that he did not authorize the motion and that Carroll and Gonzalez did not represent him. The Judge told him to take some time before making a final deliberation on the matter.
Looks as if Peterson took that to heart.
With Joel Brodsky off the defense team, Peterson is now clear to follow up on the motion for ineffective counsel, or to file a new one. If it were to be found that attorney Brodsky’s defense was so bad as to have denied Drew his sixth amendment right to effective counsel, then the guilty verdict would be overturned and a motion for a new trial would be granted.
Joel Brodsky has long demonstrated that he’s not a very good lawyer, but is he so bad that it could get Drew Peterson’s murder conviction overturned?
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