Drew Peterson let out of jail briefly to attend his mother’s wake
BY DAN ROZEK Sun-Times Media October 11, 2012 9:32AM
Modell Funeral Home, 7710 S. Cass Avenue, in Darien where Drew Peterson was allowed to leave jail to attend a wake for his mother Thursday, October 11, 2012. | Brett Roseman~Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 13, 2012 6:23AM
JOLIET — Convicted killer Drew Peterson was briefly whisked out of the Will County Jail Thursday to pay a final visit to his mother, who died earlier this week.
Peterson was escorted by sheriff’s deputies to a Darien funeral home to see his mother, 84-year-old Betty Morphey, attorney Joel Brodsky said.
“It’s sad this had to happen,” Brodsky said, estimating that Peterson was given about 30 minutes to say goodbye to his mother, who had supported her son throughout his legal battle.
Except for Peterson’s block-long trips to the courthouse for legal proceedings, the journey marks the first time he has left the jail since his May 2009 arrest.
Morphey was being waked Thursday at Modell Funeral Home in Darien. Her funeral is scheduled for Friday morning.
Brodsky, meanwhile, wants his purported successor tossed off the case and held in contempt for filing a “totally and completely unauthorized” motion seeking to overturn the former cop’s murder conviction.
In a new filing Thursday, Joel Brodsky blasted Naperville attorney John Paul Carroll, contending he is trying to improperly push his way into Peterson’s notorious case by claiming Peterson’s legal team bungled his defense.
Peterson has said in three face-to-face meetings and at least eight telephone calls that he never asked Carroll or co-counsel Michelle Gonzalez to represent him in his murder case, Brodsky contended in his filing.
Peterson said he met in the Will County Jail with Carroll and Gonzalez to discuss only the issues pertaining to his police pension, Brodsky claimed.
Brodsky’s motion also seeks a special prosecutor to look into alleged leaks of sealed court filings regarding the case to media outlets.
Carroll insisted Peterson wants him on the murder case.
“It’s strange he didn’t tell us we weren’t representing him,” Caroll said.
“He gave me the go-ahead to represent him,” he said, adding Peterson also approved filing the motion that contends his murder conviction should be overturned because his defense team — led by Brodsky — botched the case.
“He said, ‘Go ahead,’” Carroll contended.
He also said he, along Gonzalez, met with Peterson earlier Thursday morning.
Carroll acknowledged urging Peterson to dump Brodsky as his attorney.
“I said to him, ‘You’re drowning and you’re holding a stone.’ I said, ‘Let go of the stone and I’ll save you.’” Carroll recounted.
Carroll believes Judge Edward Burmila on Friday could rule that he and Gonzalez are Peterson’s new attorneys.
“I think there’s a possibility the judge will tell Mr. Brodsky he’s out,” Carroll said.
Carroll also denied leaking any sealed filings to media outlets.
The new filing appears to be the latest barrage in a battle between the attorneys involved in Peterson’s legal drama.
Carroll tossed a bombshell earlier this week when he filed a motion as Peterson’s new attorney, arguing the ex-cop’s murder conviction should be tossed out because his defense team botched the case.
In that filing, Carroll contended the trial team led by Brodsky didn’t present an adequate defense for Peterson against charges he drowned third wife Kathleen Savio in her bathtub.
Brodsky in his filing blasted those claims as “blatant lies” that could prejudice Peterson’s chances of winning an appeal of his murder conviction.
A court hearing scheduled for Friday could sort out which attorney actually represents Peterson.