Joel Brodsky withdraws from Drew Peterson’s defense

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Attorney Joel Brodsky announced Tuesday that he is withdrawing as Drew Peterson‘s defense attorney.

In the weeks after he was convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, it was clear that Peterson was wavering and had serious doubts about Joel Brodsky and his prowess.

Nevertheless Brodsky insisted he was not being fired.  The man who will be replacing Brodsky as lead counsel agrees.  Attorney Dave Peilet told reporters today that Brodsky is stepping down in the best interest of his client.

“He did so in light of his belief that him doing so was in the best interest of Mr. Peterson, in light of all the facts that have transpired in the last couple weeks,” Peilet said.  “He was not discharged.  He stepped down on his own.  I applaud him for that.”

joel-brodskyBrodsky has been widely criticized for his handling of the Peterson defense.  Fellow lawyers, including members of the Peterson defense team, publicly questioned Brodsky’s unorthodox legal maneuvering.

After Peterson’s murder conviction last month, jurors said that Brodsky’s ill-fated decision to call Stacy Peterson‘s lawyer to the stand prompted the guilty verdict.

Peterson reportedly asked another group of lawyers to take over the expected appeal.  But earlier this month the former Bolingbrook police sergeant reversed himself, saying Brodsky would remain in place.

But then at the judge’s urging, Peterson asked for time to get an independent legal opinion.  Before anyone could learn what Peterson’s intentions were, Brodsky made the decision to withdraw from the case and step down as Drew Peterson’s attorney for the appeals process.

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