Drew Peterson

Prosecutor wants no part in hearing to determine if Drew Peterson will receive new trial

The prosecutor who won the Drew Peterson trial is now attempting to block an attempt by Peterson’s attorneys to call him as a witness in a hearing to determine whether the former Bolingbrook cop convicted of murdering his wife should get a new trial.

Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow filed a motion with the court asking Judge Edward Burmila, who presided over Peterson’s murder trial, to prevent Peterson’s attorneys from calling him as a witness.

“A prosecutor, judge or news reporter is a ‘special witness,’” the motion says. Glasgow argues that the defense must disclose what the witness is expected to say, why the testimony would be relevant, and what efforts they made to get the information from another source.

“In the case at hand, the defense has not satisfied a single one of those requirements,” the motion says.

Peterson was convicted of murdering his third wife, Kathleen Savio, in September after a five week trial.

Peterson’s attorneys are arguing that Peterson received ineffective assistance of counsel from former lead attorney Joel Brodsky, who withdrew in October after heated and very public in-fighting within the defense team. The motion for a new trial filed by Peterson’s new attorneys accused Brodsky of lying about his courtroom prowess and making serious legal and strategic errors during Peterson’s murder trial.

The hearing is scheduled for next Tuesday and could last several days.

Ryan Kerns, Esq., Wild About Trial

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