Peterson Lawyers Attack Brodsky, Seek New Trial

Memo claims lawyer botched trial, was seeking publicity

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    Drew Peterson's new defense team says Joel Brodsky (center) botched his trial.

    Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson's attorneys are again criticizing his former lawyer in an attempt to seek a new trial.

    Peterson's current lawyers filed a court memo Thursday seeking a new trial because of "ineffective counsel" and a conflict of interest.

    The memo claims that Joel Brodsky though Peterson was his ticket to the legal elite, and accused him of calling the Today Show green room to solicit Peterson for the job.

    Brodsky is also accused of signing a publicity agreement that would allow him to profit from the case and criticizes him for calling Kathleen Savio's former attorney to testify, a witness some jurors later agreed was a major factor in reaching their guilty verdict.

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    Brodsky calls the accusations "ridiculous" and says he has witnesses who can confirm attorney Steve Greenberg -- who is still on Peterson's legal team -- agreed to using that witness.

    Brodsky also denies there was an agreement to share money with Peterson for a potential book deal.

    Peterson was convicted Sept. 7 of first-degree murder in the drowning death of Kathleen Savio, his third wife. Peterson's fourth wife, Stacy Peterson, disappeared in October 2007.