Former Peterson attorney hands over financial records
By Janet Lundquist email@example.com February 1, 2013 2:20PM
Joel Brodsky (left) filed a defamation suit against onetime co-counsel Steven Greenberg. | Matthew Grotto~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 4, 2013 6:37AM
Drew Peterson’s attorneys got what they wanted from former colleague Joel Brodsky.
Brodsky has turned over finance records for his client account for Peterson at the request of Peterson’s current legal team, attorneys said Friday.
Peterson’s lawyers — Steve Greenberg, Joseph Lopez and David Peilet — are preparing for a hearing on their motion for a new trial, and want the records to help prove their belief that Brodsky was motivated in part by personal financial gain when he represented Peterson.
Peterson was convicted in September after a 24-day trial in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Peterson’s legal team had filed a subpoena for the records, which Brodsky claimed violated attorney-client privilege.
Last week Peilet obtained a signed letter from Peterson authorizing Brodsky to release the documents.
There are still a few records Peterson’s legal team wants, according to an order entered in Will County court Friday morning. If Brodsky doesn’t turn them over, a hearing could be scheduled on the issue.
Last week Brodsky said he would turn everything over if they produced a signed letter from Peterson.
Judge Edward Burmila set Feb. 19 and 20 as the dates for Peterson’s hearing on a motion for a new trial and, if Burmila denies the motion, Peterson’s sentencing hearing.
Part of the motion for a new trial claims Brodsky ruined Peterson’s chances of acquittal, not the least of which was orchestrating and sensationalizing the media coverage of the case.
Brodsky “paraded Drew across the airwaves as if Drew were a sideshow, suggesting carnival-like pranks to heighten public recognition of himself and his client, as exemplified by the ‘Win a Date With Drew’ and a Bunny Ranch Reality Show,” according to one post-trial filing in the case.
In December 2007, Brodsky and Peterson struck a deal with a publicist to get the duo photo ops and television appearances, magazine spreads and even product endorsements, including commercials. The men also wanted the publicist to get them book and film deals, Peterson’s attorneys say.