An attorney who represented convicted killer Drew Peterson is suing Patch over its coverage of the case.
Joel Brodsky represented Peterson for about five years and left his defense team in October 2012. Brodsky left the case after Peterson, 59, was convicted of killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio. Peterson faces up to 60 years in prison for the 2004 killing. He is seeking a new trial and a two-day hearing on the request is set to start Feb. 19.
Brodsky's lawsuit names Aol Patch, Patch Media Corporation, Patch Local Editor Joseph Hosey, Tribune Co., and Tribune reporter Stacy St. Clair. A copy of the lawsuit is attached to this post.
The lawsuit also names attorney Steven A. Greenberg, who worked with Brodsky on the Peterson case. The lawsuit alleges that Greenberg distributed a letter to members of the press – including St. Clair – that contained "false and misleading" information regarding Brodsky.
The lawsuit states that Patch's coverage contained "false and misleading" information. The lawsuit references Patch Local Editor Joe Hosey's 2008 book Fatal Vows: The Tragic Wives of Drew Peterson, which was later made into the Lifetime movie Drew Peterson: Untouchable starring Rob Lowe.
The lawsuit states that Hosey's coverage for Patch was motivated by a desire to hype the book and film and that he practiced "yellow journalism."