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Judge: 'Shocked' by Peterson's former attorney

JOLIET (AP) — 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.

The Chicago Sun-Times (http://bit.ly/XUq7Vr) 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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