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‘Shocked’ judge nixes gag order, but says he will refer Drew Peterson lawyer for ethics review

Posted Mar 6, 2013 10:52 AM CDT
By Martha Neil

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At a Tuesday hearing, a suburban Chicago judge said he has been "shocked" by some public comments the lead trial lawyer for Drew Peterson has made following his now-former client's murder conviction.

But, apparently agreeing with Peterson's current counsel, Steven Greenberg, that attorney Joel Brodsky may have gone too far and violated attorney-client privilege in what he has said about Peterson and the Will County case, Judge Edward Burmila announced that he would send a transcript of the hearing to Illinois legal ethics officials, reports the Southtown Star.

Burmila declined, however, to issue a gag order prohibiting Brodsky from making such comments in the future, as Greenberg had requested.

Brodsky, who has filed a defamation suit against Greenberg, says he has a right to defend himself against public criticism.

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