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Tuesday, Feb 24, 2015

* Sneed

Is [Drew Peterson], who is serving a 38-year prison sentence for murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio — and the prime suspect in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy Peterson — the victim of a setup on recent charges that he plotted to have his prosecutor, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow, murdered?

Sneed has learned that Joel Brodsky, who was Peterson’s lead attorney in the Savio murder trial, has sent a letter to Randolph County Public Defender James W. Kelley, claiming he recently received two letters from an Illinois Department of Corrections inmate “that would indicate that Mr. Peterson was the victim of a setup, and was entrapped into committing the offense of solicitation of murder.” […]

Brodsky withdrew from Drew Peterson’s murder case following a public feud with his co-attorney Steve Greenberg, who is now part of a panel of attorneys representing Peterson on appeal.

* This Brodsky gentleman is quite, um, interesting. After Peterson was charged with the alleged plot on Glasgow, Brodsky sent out a statement to the media, which was forwarded to me by CBS 2…

If the allegations against Mr. Peterson are true, and they are only allegations at this time, it is an expression of Mr. Peterson’s frustration with the representation he is receiving in his appeal by his appellate attorney Steven Greenberg. If Mr. Peterson believed in his appeal, he wouldn’t commit such an act, if he did what he is alleged to have done. When I represented Drew, we may have done things that were controversial, but we always discussed everything and there was a reason for everything we did. When he was in jail prior to his trial, I kept in frequent contact with him so that he knew I was constantly working on his behalf.

If the current allegations against Mr. Peterson are true, in my opinion, the actions are a result of Attorney Steve Greenberg’s failure to control his client, and his failure to keep his client informed and focused on his legal options, his appeal, and other post-conviction remedies. In my opinion, if Mr. Peterson committed the acts he is accused of, it is a result of his frustration at not being well represented by Attorney Steve Greenberg.

Whew.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

18 Comments
  1. - I B Strapped - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 12:35 pm:

    Oh what a tangled web we weave,…….


  2. - chi - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 12:37 pm:

    If only we could blame our sins on our lawyers:)


  3. - anon - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 12:45 pm:

    Better call Saul….


  4. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 12:47 pm:

    I have an enormous capacity for compassion, empathy and caring which can encompass a wide diversity of people, thanks to my upbringing and my church.

    Drew Peterson falls outside it.


  5. - Demoralized - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:00 pm:

    So in other words, it’s not his fault because he was frustrated. Give the guy a break.

    What. A. Dope.


  6. - Anonymous - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:00 pm:

    He didn’t do it, but the reason he did it was because…


  7. - Mouthy - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:08 pm:

    ….and throw away the key…


  8. - Wordslinger - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:35 pm:

    I’m not a judge, but isn’t Brodsky’s statement libelous?

    He’s certainly defamed Greenberrg and accused him of malpractice, Just tacking an “in my opinion” on it can’t be enough.


  9. - D.P.Gumby - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:40 pm:

    The credibility of Mr. Brodsky should not necessarily taint the possibility that Peterson is indeed being set up. He was convicted using a law that was written by the State’s Attorney who was the alleged target of the scheme and was a radical departure from traditional hearsay jurisprudence allowing the admission into evidence of out of court statements to a third party if they were made by the victim of alleged crime. There is no precedent for this and it was done specifically so the state could get into evidence statements made by Savio that were incriminating. By bringing these charges a new conviction would keep him in jail even if his original conviction is overturned. No matter how guilty Peterson may be, this is no way to run an American justice system. And this isn’t the first time prosecutors have done this to keep someone with a possibly successful appeal bootstrapped in prison.


  10. - Dirty Red - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 1:55 pm:

    How many more ways can this guy blame Greenberg in just two paragraphs?


  11. - park - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 2:11 pm:

    I don’t understand why either attorney still has their ticket.


  12. - Motambe - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 2:25 pm:

    Pot calling the kettle black?


  13. - A guy - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 2:37 pm:

    Gotta take a shower after reading this.


  14. - FormerParatrooper - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 2:49 pm:

    Can’t we just bring back the death penalty, take care of him and then prohibit it again?


  15. - Bluefish - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 3:00 pm:

    FormerParatrooper - For Peterson or Brodsky?


  16. - dupage dan - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 3:55 pm:

    A veteran cop can hardly claim he doesn’t know he’s being entrapped, can he? “Yeah, I din’t know what dey was sayin’ - I’m just sayin’.

    And Brodsky? That is just the most inane, insane statement I have ever read. Ever.


  17. - walker - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 6:09 pm:

    Sometimes you can’t sort the lawyers from the criminal defendants.


  18. - Not A. Rich Daley - Tuesday, Feb 24, 15 @ 7:48 pm:

    Have to agree with D.B. Gumby. This whole case stinks. The ISP botched the first Savio investigation. They were given a second chance to presumably get it right after Stacy went missing. And still Drew was only convicted after the hearsay laws were changed after the fact specifically to assist in convicting him. Not the finest example of the fairness of the American justice system.


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