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Will Drew Peterson get a new trial?

  • Peterson's lead attorney criticized for legal representation
  • Peterson was convicted in the death of his third wife
  • Sentencing scheduled for January 10, 2013
Drew Peterson was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

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Convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson will be in court this week seeking a new trial.

In court documents filed earlier this month, attorney John Paul Carroll accused Peterson’s trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, of not effectively defending Peterson.

According to documents, Carroll accuses Brodsky of lying about his courtroom experience, forcing Peterson to engage in pretrial publicity and ignoring his request for a speedy trial.

Carroll also alleges that Brodsky threatened to “reveal some things that were discussed between him and Mr. Peterson” if Peterson fired him.

Brodsky has denied the accusations and insists he is still Peterson’s lead attorney. Brodsky stated, "Drew has told me on several occasions, both before and after Mr. Carroll filed this motion, that he never retained Carroll in the Kathleen Savio homicide case and he never authorized him to file any motions.”

Brodsky's statement to In Session goes on to say, "In January, the Illinois Supreme Court disciplinary hearing board recommended that Mr. Carroll's law license be suspended due to his unethical behavior in a homicide case. That speaks for itself.”

In Session confirmed that there is a pending disciplinary action against Carroll. The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois has recommended that Carroll's law license be suspended for 90 days, beginning January 18. However, the Illinois Supreme Court will make the final decision.

In September, a jury found Peterson guilty  of first-degree murder for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Savio was found dead in 2004. Investigators first ruled it an accident, but the case was reopened in 2007 when Peterson’s fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, went missing and investigators exhumed and re-examined Savio’s body and said her death was a homicide. Stacy Peterson’s whereabouts are still unknown. Drew Peterson is not facing any charges related to her disappearance.

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