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Drew Peterson Sentencing Moved Back

Legal team remains intact for convicted wife killer

By Charlie Wojciechowski
|  Friday, Oct 12, 2012  |  Updated 7:57 PM CDT
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Legal Team Remains Intact for Convicted Wife Killer

Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson.

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Legal Team Remains Intact for Convicted Wife Killer

Drew Peterson rejected an attempt by attorneys John Paul Caroll and Michelle Gonzales to join his legal team and file a motion on his behalf highly critical of lead Joel Brodsky. Charlie Wojciechowski reports.
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Drew Peterson will wait a few more weeks before he learns his fate.

In court Friday, Judge Ed Burmilla moved pushed the convicted wife killer's sentencing back until December 19th at the earliest. The original sentencing was set for November 26th. Peterson's lawyers received an extension until November 16th to file a post trial motion.

The legal team representing Drew Peterson also remains largely intact. Peterson rejected an attempt by attorneys John Paul Caroll and Michelle Gonzales to join his legal team and file a motion on his behalf highly critical of lead Joel Brodsky. Burmilla asked Peterson if he wanted time to reconsider that decision given the seriousness of the allegations.

Burmilla also lashed out at Brodsky for a motion in which he asked the judge to approve the withdrawal of attorney Steve Greenberg "quietly and without fanfare." The judge said he found the request so offensive it wasn't funny.

"For you of all people to say that something should be done without fanfare ... is ridiculous to the nth degree," Burmilla said.

Also Friday, Peterson rejected Steve Greenberg's motion to withdraw from the case after his bitter, public feud with Brodsky. That means those two attorneys will work with Joe Lopez and his wife Lisa on the delayed post trial motion.

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