Glasgow wants to avoid testifying in Peterson bid for new trial
By Janet Lundquist firstname.lastname@example.org February 13, 2013 1:30PM
Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow after a hearing in the Drew Peterson trial at the Will County Courthouse in Joliet, IL on Thursday January 10, 2013. | Matt Marton~Sun-Times Media
Updated: March 15, 2013 1:24PM
Will County State’s Attorney Jim Glasgow rather would not take the witness stand next week as Drew Peterson’s lawyers make their case for a new trial.
Glasgow filed a motion this week to bar Peterson’s lawyers from calling him as a witness during the Tuesday hearing, saying the attorneys have not told him what they want to ask him, how it’s relevant or whether they can get the information another way.
Peterson, 59, was convicted in September after a 24-day trial in the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio. If Peterson’s motion for a new trial is denied by Judge Edward Burmila, Peterson’s sentencing hearing will begin immediately.
The motion filed Monday claims Glasgow is a “special witness,” which means he is entitled to the advance information.
Prosecutors also separately responded to a filing by Peterson’s attorney Steve Greenberg that details the ways he believes Peterson’s former attorney, Joel Brodsky, ruined Peterson’s chances of acquittal, not the least of which was orchestrating and sensationalizing the media coverage of the case.
Brodsky “paraded Drew across the airwaves as if Drew were a sideshow, suggesting carnival-like pranks to heighten public recognition of himself and his client, as exemplified by the ‘Win a Date With Drew’ and a Bunny Ranch Reality Show,” Greenberg wrote, allowing media outlets to wine and dine him and his wife in the process.
In December 2007, Brodsky and Peterson struck a deal with a publicist to get the duo photo ops and television appearances, magazine spreads and even product endorsements, including commercials.
The men also wanted the publicist, Glenn Selig of Selig Multimedia, to get them book and film deals, Greenberg wrote.
Peterson’s lawyers also blamed Brodsky for calling Savio’s divorce lawyer, Harry Smith, to testify, who told jurors that Peterson’s fourth wife Stacy told him Peterson killed Kathleen.
Brodsky has denied the allegations by his former teammates.
Prosecutors point out that public statements by Peterson and his attorneys contradict the claims in Greenberg’s memo.
Peterson has legal troubles that extend beyond his criminal case. On Wednesday, Judge Michael Powers continued a hearing in the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Savio’s family to Tuesday in Burmila’s courtroom.
That day, the judge likely will hear a motion from Brodsky to withdraw as Peterson’s lawyer in the civil case, as well as motions from both sides for summary judgement.
In a motion filed last fall, Brodsky said the civil case should be dropped because Peterson’s sons with Savio, Tom and Kristopher, signed releases removing themselves as plaintiffs.
The Savios say the case should not be dropped, as Peterson’s two oldest children, Eric and Steven, stand to benefit from Savio’s will. They also say the releases Tom and Kristopher signed were tainted, as Brodsky notarized one of the releases himself.