Drew Peterson's lead attorney bows out of case

October 30, 2012

The Associated Press

JOLIET, Ill. — Attorney Joel Brodsky says he'll no longer be representing former police officer and convicted murderer Drew Peterson.

Brodsky was Peterson's lead attorney last month when a jury found the former Bolingbrook officer guilty in the 2004 drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Brodsky says leaving the case was his decision and not Peterson's.

Peterson's attorneys are in the process of working on Peterson's appeal of his first-degree murder conviction, and Brodsky says all the infighting among Peterson's attorneys is a distraction at a time when they should be focused on his appeal.

Brodsky on Monday said he doesn't expect Peterson to argue in his appeal that Brodsky was ineffective, but he says he didn't want anything standing in his way if he chose to make that claim.