UPDATE: Peterson Hearing Ends with no Ruling on New Trial

By: AP
By: AP

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) -- A hearing for Drew Peterson has ended without a ruling on the former suburban Chicago police officer's request for a new trial.

A judge recessed Tuesday after the defense sought to bolster arguments Peterson deserved a retrial on charges he murdered his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson's attorneys contend his former lead trial attorney, Joel Brodsky, botched his case.

Among witnesses they called was Brodsky. Current Peterson's attorney Steve Greenberg questioned him.

Compared to their heated public comments recently, the back and forth between Brodsky and Greenberg in court was reserved.

As he left court Tuesday, reporters asked prosecutor James Glasgow what he thought of one former trial colleague, Brodsky, being questioned by another, Greenberg. He responded that he'd never seen anything like it.

The hearing resumes Wednesday.



CHICAGO (AP) -- A spat between Drew Peterson's former lead trial attorney and current lawyers will appear in court.

A judge will hear arguments Tuesday that Peterson deserves a new trial on grounds that former lead trial attorney Joel Brodsky botched last year's trial. Brodsky left the defense team in November and denies the allegations.

In September, jurors convicted Peterson -- a former suburban Chicago police officer -- of murdering his third wife. He also is a suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson.

A Chicago-area defense attorney says it is unlikely Peterson will get a new trial.

If the motion is rejected, the judge could proceed straight to sentencing. Peterson faces a maximum 60-year prison term.


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