Attorney forbidden from filing Michael Peterson motions

Staff writerAugust 27, 2010 

— Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson has barred attorney Larry Pollard from filing further motions on behalf of convicted murderer Michael Peterson because Peterson says Pollard does not represent him.

Pollard filed a motion this month seeking to introduce new expert testimony that an owl killed the Durham writer’s wife, Kathleen Peterson, in 2001.

A new motion filed by David Rudolf, one of Peterson’s original attorneys, asks Hudson to rule on whether the owl theory justifies a new trial. Rudolf did not pursue the theory during the original trial.

Rudolf’s motion also asks the judge to dismiss, for now, Pollard’s claims regarding potentially unreliable evidence offered at trial by State Bureau of Investigation agent Duane Deaver.

Rudolf plans to represent Peterson on a pro bono basis in proceedings challenging SBI testimony that helped convict the Durham novelist of murder. or 919-932-8760

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