Far from solidarity in troubled times, the attorneys for Drew Peterson seemed to turn on each other as soon as their client was convicted. Each blames the other for the loss of the case and the dispute will now begin a legal battle of its own.
The plaintiff is Joel Brodsky, formerly the lead attorney for Drew Peterson in his murder trial, although he has since resigned from the legal team. Steven Greenberg, another member of the legal team who is still representing Peterson, is one of the defendants in the case. The lawsuit is the result of a 15-page letter, which Greenberg wrote and distributed. According to the lawsuit, the letter contains “false and misleading” statements which are allegedly an attempt to defame Brodsky as revenge for Brodsky attempting to fire Greenberg from Peterson’s case.
Among other things, the letter calls Brodsky a liar and an incompetent lawyer. One section reads, “You wafted the greatest case by ignorance, obduracy and ineptitude, … Your effort to blame me is suggestive of a six-year-old changing the rules of the game when he falls behind. … You are nothing more than a bully.” The letter also accuses Brodsky of “single-handedly” losing the trial and provides an unflattering description of his leadership, saying he insisted on the other lawyers calling him “coach”.
Allegedly, Greenberg developed a grudge against Brodsky after Brodsky told him to stop appearing on national television during the trial. The lawsuit alleges that this grudge caused Greenberg “to ignore the best interest of Peterson and become irrationally fixated and obsessed with destroying Brodsky”.
According to the lawsuit, the letter put Brodsky’s law office “in a false light in the public eye” which caused him to lose profits.
Brodsky also named the Chicago Tribune, its parent Tribune Co., Tribune reporter Stacey St. Clair, AOL Patch Media Corp., and Patch editor Joseph Hosey as defendants for publishing the defamatory letter.
Greenberg called the lawsuit “frivolous” and claims not to be worried by it because the “truth is a defense”. Tribune Editor Gerould W. Kern released a written statement which said, “We stand behind our reporting and our reporters, and we intend to defend this suit vigorously.
Walter P. Maskym, a Chicago attorney representing Brodsky in the case, said he is confident that Brodsky will win the case and “that his good name will be cleared and his professional reputation restored.”
In addition to defamation, the lawsuit is asserting claims for alleged false-light invasion of privacy and violation of the Illinois Deceptive Trade Practices Act.
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