Hearing in recess until 10 a.m. Wednesday
Joel Brodsky is called to the stand. He initially refuses to enter the courtroom and states that he won’t voluntarily testify. Judge Burmila orders him to the stand and says as a subpoenaed witness he has no choice.
Under Greenbergs’s questioning about his financial arrangement with Glenn Selig’s PR Agency, Brodsky appears very nervous. He is slumped, rolling his eyes. Short delay while the prosecution reads the financial records. Brodsky back on the stand, confirms he and Drew Peterson opened a web site that earned 11 cents toward Peterson’s defense fund. Brodsky testifies to a total payment of $10,000 from ABC television for photos and video. Screaming Flea Productions (Bio channel) also paid $15,000 for licensing rights to video, film and still photos. Brodsky says that publisher, Derek Armstrong, paid $5901.18 to write a book with Drew Peterson in March 2008.
Peterson lawyers want to call retired Cook County Judge Daniel Locallo to the stand, but he is not at the courthouse. State objects to plan to call Locallo, saying Burmila wouldn’t need another judge’s opinion to make a ruling.
Under cross-examination, Scott-Rudnick says he isn’t sure if Brodsky’s publicity agreement crossed the line.
Trial observer, Jennifer Spohn, is called to the stand. Spohn is questioned about a courtroom hallway conversation between Brodsky and Greenberg. She says she heard Greenberg tell Brodsky not to put Savio divorce attorney, Harry Smith, on the stand. She says that Brodsky said, “I’m doing it.” Now reports that Joel Brodsky is in the press overflow room asking what Spohn just testified to.
Meanwhile someone who appears to be Joel Brodsky’s wife, Elizabeth, goes to Brodsky’s defense in the comments thread at the WGN trial page to say that Reem Odeh is:
…lying through her teeth. She attacked joel, there was a witness who was present at this time. Joel couldn’t do enough to facilitate her departure. He even moved her stuff out because she was causing such a scene in front of clients that joel couldn’t take her being in that office alone one more day. He was afraid she would steel files and cause damage to records which she threatened to do. This was only when she found out that joel signed a 10 year lease at the existing location after she spend a month prior shopping for offices to move to and was in now way interested in paying the rent which was unaffordable to her based on her type of clients (low income immigration). she didn’t handle anything else other than filling forms and appearing on immigration cases. even the more difficult ones she would refer out cause she couldn’t handle them. she has no knowledge of law. Had to be schooled on how to write a motion or any other similar type of documents on behalf of her clients going thru divorce which she started to accept only if it was a straight divorce no kids and uncontested. couldn’t even do those right.
Lunch break until 1:15.
Objection by the State is overruled and defense continues to detail alleged ethics violations by Joel Brodsky.
Judge Burmila announces a break in proceedings so that Judge Michael Powers can hear Joel Brodsky’s motion to withdraw from the representing Drew Peterson in the Savio family’s civil case against him. Judge Powers granted Brodsky’s motion to withdraw from the civil suit. Attorney John Heiderscheidt will replace Brodsky.
Drew Peterson is in court this morning in a prison jumpsuit instead of the suit he sported at the murder trial. He has shaved his beard.
Joel Brodsky’s former law partner, Reem Odeh, told the court that Joel Brodsky threatened her as she entered the court-house this morning and then testified about conversations with Joel Brodsky about opportunities to make money from the publicity of the case as well as to an incident during which Joel Brodsky attacked her when she tried to leave their offices with a copy of the PR contract.
Law professor Clifford Scott-Rudnick from the John MarshallL Law School was also called to testify. Scott-Rudnick says that Brodsky’s publicity contract appears to be “over the line” of attorney ethics.
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