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Peterson attorneys seek new trial, claiming Brodsky botched case

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JOLIET, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

Attorneys for convicted wife-killer Drew Peterson on Friday said they're going ahead with a request to have his conviction thrown out on the basis of poor legal work by former lead attorney Joel Brodsky, the Herald-News is reporting.

Attorneys Steve Greenberg and David Pielet appeared in Will County Court on Friday morning for the first hearing in the case since Brodsky withdrew as one of Peterson's lawyers last month. They filed a motion asking Judge Edward Burmila to throw out the verdict, or at least give Peterson a new trial.

The motion claims a number of errors on Brodsky's part during the ex-Bolingbrook cop's summer trial on charges he killed his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Among the gaffes they claim are Brodsky's decision to put Harry Smith on the witness stand. A number of jurors cited Smith's testimony, in which he recalled Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy, telling him she knew details of how Peterson killed Savio, as key in their decision to convict Peterson.

The motion also criticizes Burmila's decision to allow certain hearsay testimony into evidence, including the Rev. Neil Schori's claims that Stacy Peterson told him she knew Peterson killed Savio.

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