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Brodsky wins battle to represent Drew Peterson for appeal

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The Drew Peterson drama continues as attorneys continued to battle over who will represent the former Bolingbrook cop as he appeals his murder conviction.

One attorney appeared to be kicked off the case, and then more twists and turns kept on coming.

This case has had more than it's share of theatrics. It looked as if lead defense attorney Joel Brodsky had been fired Friday, based on a series of events before court got started.

But after backroom negotiations, it was the attorney expected to join the case who found herself booted - before she even began.

Joel Brodsky denies it, but indications before court were that he was on the outs, to be replaced by Michelle Gonzalez and her partner John Paul Carroll, a Naperville attorney.

They had filed a motion earlier this week accusing Brodsky of botching the defense due to ineffective counsel, which resulted in Peterson being convicted for murdering his third wife Kathleen Savio. They said Peterson should be granted a new trial.

"I had a meeting with Mr. Peterson this morning," Gonzalez said, "where he said he would like us to file our appearances and go forward with the motion."

Brodsky said Carroll's motion was completely unauthorized - and he wants' Carroll held in contempt of court.

The judge advised Peterson that it would be a fatal mistake for him to consult with his current attorney - Brodsky - on the issue of effective counsel.

But at the last minute Peterson, changed his mind and decided to drop the motion, dump Gonzalez and stick with Brodsky.

"We've got rid of John Paul Carroll and Michelle Gonzalez, the bottom feeders," Brodsky said.

"Mr. Peterson has a loyalty to Mr. Brodsky," Gonzalez said, "and he is concerned about Mr. Brodsky's reputation if went forward on this motion."

The judge also blasted Brodsky in court Friday for asking him to "quietly and without fanfare" address his motion seeking to have Gonzalez and Carroll held in contempt for filing their motion.

The judge said that hush-hush request was ridiculous to the N'th degree in light of all the publicity Brodsky has sought.

"Thirty one years of prating law, I've never experienced defense attorney theatrics of this nature," Will Co. State's Atty James Glasgow said. "They're in their out, well I guess their back in, so hopefully we can move this case forward."

The judge also gave Peterson time to reconsider his motion accusing Brodsky of ineffective counsel, which Gonzalez said could open the door for her to join the case.

"I guess denial isn't just a river in Egypt is it," Brodsky said. "Drew wants nothing to do with them, trust me. Nothing."

The defense team said they are not shaken up because of this latest dramatic episode, and said "the band is still together," referencing the Blues Brothers.

In part due to all the attorney issues, the judge did postpone sentencing for Peterson on Friday. It was moved from late November to Jan. 10.

All this comes after Peterson took a brief trip Thursday to Darien to go to his mother's wake.

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