Drew Peterson was back in court this morning for motions to overturn his conviction and get a new trial.
Attorneys Steve Greenberg and David Peilet will file a motion claiming ineffective assistance of counsel by Peterson’s long-time lead attorney, Joel Brodsky, who withdrew from his defense last month.
After his withdrawal Joel Brodsky gave numerous interviews in which he defended his defense of Peterson and stated that he was stepping down to put an end to the friction between himself and his co-counsel:
Now Brodsky says:
“The guy is looking at first-degree murder and my feeling is that if Drew Peterson has 101 arguments to make I don’t want him to be able to make 100 arguments. I don’t want anybody to ever say that I impeded him in any way.”
Judge Edward Burmila is giving the defense until December 14 to file their pre-sentencing motions and the state will have until January 9 to file its responses to those motions.
This pushes Drew Peterson’s sentencing date further into 2013, but no date has been decided upon yet.
Last month Attorneys John Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez also filed a motion requesting a new trial based on claims of ineffective assistance of counsel by Joel Brodsky. Drew Peterson told Judge Burmilla in open court that he did not authorize the motion so it was denied.
Prior motion filed October 9. 2012:
Joel Brodsky’s response. Filed October 11, 2012:
Attorney Steven Greenberg’s open letter to Joel Brodsky dated September 24, 2012:
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