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Peterson backs longtime attorney

Convicted murderer Drew Peterson was back in court on Friday, and Joel Brodsky remains on his defense team. John Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez are out.

Peterson was convicted in September of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio. Brodsky has been Peterson's attorney since 2007.

In a motion handed to the judge on Tuesday, Carroll and Gonzalez said they now represent Drew and seek new trial based on ineffective counsel.  They allege Brodsky botched the defense by calling DuPage County attorney Harry Smith as a defense witness which ultimately contributed to the guilty verdict last month. Calling Smith to the witness stand was something that the rest of the defense team was against.

When Peterson announced that he was sticking with Brodsky, Gonzalez says she was shocked.  She said she met with him Friday morning and he said she and Carroll were his lawyers.  She thinks Brodsky went in after she left and changed is mind.  She says for some reason, Peterson feels a sense of loyalty to Brodsky.

Judge Ed Burmila says allegations for ineffective counsel were made and he cannot ignore them. He told Peterson to consider pursuing this, and not to seek Brodsky's advice since he is target of allegations.

"That would be a fatal error," Burmila said.

Burmila set a new sentencing date of Jan. 10 for Peterson.

 

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