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Judge: 'Shocked' by Peterson's former attorney

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  • Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson is currently serving a 38-year term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleeen Savio.

      Former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson is currently serving a 38-year term for the murder of his third wife, Kathleeen Savio.
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  • Joel Brodsky attorney for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, talks to the media after the beginning of jury deliberations in Peterson's murder trial, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Joliet. Brodsky has landed himself in a bit of hot water after comments he made on TV about his former client Peterson. The judge in the case says he's planning to forward his criticism to an attorney disciplinary commission.

      Joel Brodsky attorney for former Bolingbrook police officer Drew Peterson, talks to the media after the beginning of jury deliberations in Peterson's murder trial, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, in Joliet. Brodsky has landed himself in a bit of hot water after comments he made on TV about his former client Peterson. The judge in the case says he's planning to forward his criticism to an attorney disciplinary commission.
    Associated Press

 
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JOLIET -- The judge presiding at Drew Peterson's murder trial says he's dismayed by public comments the ex-police officer's former attorney has made and will forward his concerns to a disciplinary body.

Judge Edward Burmila spoke at a hearing Tuesday a month after sentencing Peterson to a 38-year prison term for murdering his third wife.

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The Chicago Sun-Times reports Burmila denied a request by Peterson's current attorneys for an order instructing Joel Brodsky to keep quiet.

But Burmila said he'd forward his criticism to an attorney disciplinary commission. Burmila cited a television interview where Brodsky criticized his former client, Peterson.

Burmila said Tuesday he was "shocked" by Brodsky's comments.

Brodsky told the Sun-Times professional-conduct rules allow him to defend himself from criticism about his performance at Peterson's 2012 trial.

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