Peterson to get sentenced or new trial
Drew Peterson is looking at anywhere between 20 and 60 years in prison.
But He’s hoping to defeat slim chances and get a new trial.
His new defense team is throwing his former attorney under the bus to get it.
For the past two days, the defense has argued that Peterson did not get a fair trial because his attorney Joel Brodsky was incompetent and botched the case.
Brodsky left the defense team a few months after Peterson was convicted last fall of killing his third wife Kathleen Savio.
In its bid for a new trial, Peterson’s current legal team has hammered away at Brodsky’s character by putting on several witnesses who have questioned his ethics and his legal decision making.
“I believe that under these circumstances, Mr. Brodsky’s representation was prejudicial to Mr. Peterson,” said retired judge Daniel Locallo.
Brodsky has been in court for both days of proceedings.
He took the stand to defend himself and stands by the case that he put on.
“There was no ineffective assistance that I saw anywhere in that case, period, end of story. Drew got a good defense. Unfortunately, the jury didn’t see it the way we did,” said Brodsky.
If the Judge denies Peterson’s request for a new trial, a sentencing hearing will begin immediately.
Peterson reportedly plans to make a statement to the court if that happens.
Prosecutors are asking for the maximum sentence, which is 60 years.
“Even if he gets the minimum 20 years, that’s technically life for him because he’s an old man,” said Cassandra Cales, sister of Peterson’s missing wife, Stacy.