Illinois Supreme Court to hear Drew Peterson’s appeal. Former attorney intends to sue for defamation

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A smiling Drew Peterson in his current mug shot

I apologize for not updating the blog last week but, unlike Drew Peterson, I was sitting by a pool in the shade of a palm tree.

On March 30 the Illinois Supreme Court announced it would hear ex-Bolingbrook cop Drew Peterson’s appeal of his 2012 conviction for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in 2004.

The decision came as a bit of a surprise to the legal community, as the Illinois appellate court upheld Peterson’s conviction in November, 2015, stating in their opinion that “since we have found that no errors occurred, defendant’s claim of cumulative error must be rejected.” The chances of the appeal making it to Illinois’ highest court also seemed slim because historically only 5% of petitioned cases are heard.

Peterson’s appeal is based on claims of ineffective counsel on the part of attorney, Joel Brodsky, the admission of several hearsay statements admitted under the forfeiture by wrongdoing exception, and that evidence given by Pastor Neil Schori at trial violated confidentiality.

Meanwhile, Peterson’s murder-for-hire trial is amping up for May, based on charges that he solicited an inmate to kill Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, who prosecuted the Savio case.

Peterson appeared in court on Friday for a short case management conference. Randolph County State’s Attorney Jeremy Walker announced the prosecution would tender its official discovery to the defense on that day, and the date of April 22nd was set for the next case management conference.

Reem Odeh posing with a book about the Peterson case

Reem Odeh posing with a book about the Peterson case

In a strange turn of events, former Drew Peterson attorney, Reem Odeh, is asking Cook County to order to Google to supply her with information about the origins of what she says are libelous reviews left on one of her law practice’s social media pages.

According to the petition, Odeh said she intends to sue for defamation the party or parties responsible for the posts, published in January and February 2016.

According to the Cook County Record,

The petition cited one such post, purportedly posted under the alias of “Drea Sanchez,” which called her a “horrible, lying and deceitful woman claiming to be a great lawyer” who “is an embarrassment to all members of The Bar Association.” The post further called on the Illinois Supreme Court to suspend Odeh’s legal license.

Other posts, submitted under other aliases including “Abdullah Mubarak,” “William Levi” and “Nura Galaski,” allegedly accused Odeh of having “a reputation of getting around;” of having come to court “late as usual smelling like cheap beer;” of having made “bad remarks about the Latin/Polish community;” and of never being prepared for court, among other accusations. The post from “Mubarak” also described her using the term “sharamoota,” which the petition said was a derogatory Arabic term for “prostitute.”

Odeh’s petition said the reviews “are rife with false accusations regarding (Odeh), a married woman, including allegations that (Odeh) attends court appearances under the influence of alcohol; that she is adulterous; that she lies to the court and opposing counsel …; and otherwise incompetent at her profession.

Of course I have no idea who is behind the posts but I do remember that Odeh’s break with her former law partner, Joel Brodsky, was acrimonious to say the least and that a spate of negative comments cropped up about her after she testified that Brodsky had attacked her when she left with a copy of a contract between Joel and Drew at Peterson’s pre-sentencing hearings. Brodksy’s wife, Elizabeth, was especially candid when commenting on her husband’s former law partner.

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Whether Mrs. Brodsky still carries a grudge, or Odeh has new enemies remains to be seen. Presumably, all could be revealed if Cook County rules in her favor and Google cooperates.

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One thought on “Illinois Supreme Court to hear Drew Peterson’s appeal. Former attorney intends to sue for defamation

  1. Recent additions and modifications in Petterson’s murder-for-hire case:

    02/09/2015 Information filed on 2/09/2015 mailed to Attorney Liefer and given to SA Office. Affidavit of Assets and Liabilities on file.

    02/09/2015 $40.00 CL $40.00 CL $30.00 SA $30.00 SA $ 2.00 SA Auto $25.00 BF $15.00 Auto $ 5.00 TF $15.00 DS $10.00 Med C $ 5.00 E-Cit $ 5.00 ISPOAF $10.00 Prob Ops $15.00 Child Adv $250.00 DNA

    04/14/2016 Petition for Expert Fees on file. Order Granting Defense Request to File Orders Under Seal on file. Petition to Approve Retention and Funding on file. Notice of Hearing on file. (5-2-16, 2pm) Proof of Service on file.

    04/18/2016 Order on file. (Grants motion to approve retention and funding) Order on file. Transcript Invoice Voucher on file.

    04/19/2016 Subpoena issued. (Kevin Sehlke)

    04/22/2016 Reply to People’s Motion to Clarify the Court’s October 23, 2015 Orders Regarding Relevant Evidence on file. Motion to Suppress on file. People’s Motion in Limine to Preclude Certain Character Evidence on file. People’s Motion to Clarify the Court’s October 23, 2015 Orders Regarding Relevant Evidence and to Compel All Statements the Defense Seeks to Introduce at Trail on file.

    04/22/2016 Reply to People’s Motion to Clarify the Court’s October 23, 2015 Orders Regarding Relevant Evidence on file. Motion to Suppress on file.

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