Illinois' murder trial of the century

New Drew Attorney Files Motion for New Trial

Peterson last month was convicted of first-degree murder in the drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio

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    A Naperville attorney on Tuesday filed documents Tuesday calling for new trial for Drew Peterson, blaming another lawyer for blowing the former sergeant's high profile case.

    Peterson last month was convicted of first-degree murder in the drowning death of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.

    In his motion, first reported on and published by the Chicago Tribune, attorney John Paul Carroll alleges Peterson attorney Joel Brodsky misrepresented his expertise, pressured Peterson to "engage in as much publicity as possible," delayed Peterson's opportunity for a speedy trial, denied other attorneys to join the defense team and threatened to "publically [sic] reveal some things that were discussed" between him and Peterson.

    Carroll also echoed what many have said, including trial jurors, and blamed Peterson's conviction on Brodsky's decision to call Savio divorce attorney Harry Smith to the witness stand.

    Reached by the Tribune and the Chicago Sun-Times, Brodsky reportedly said the allegations were baseless and that Carroll was not authorized to file such a motion.

    "Drew is absolutely boggled as to how he could do something like this," said Brodsky, according to the Tribune.

    A hearing was scheduled for Friday.

    Peterson faces a maximum 60 years in prison for the conviction. His sentencing is Nov. 26.

    Drew Peterson Murder Trial