Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow filed a motion this week drawing attention to what he considers a conflict of interest for Peterson attorney Steven Greenberg. The attorney is facing a libel suit from former Peterson lawyer Joel Brodsky that centers on Brodsky’s handling of the trial – an issue central to Peterson’s appeal of his conviction for the murder of his third wife, Kathleen Savio.
Greenberg called any allegations of a conflict of interest “absurd,” and added that Glasgow’s motion was “just an effort to kick off competent counsel.”
A Glasgow spokesman denied that. The motion asks the court to direct Peterson, a former Bolingbrook police sergeant, to waive the conflict of interest or replace Greenberg.
Peterson’s trial judge had brought up a the issue before, saying Greenberg may not want to “give a hundred percent” and revisit certain issues with the trial because he might “again be accused of libeling and slandering Mr. Brodsky,” according the motion Glasgow filed.
Peterson’s defense team criticized Brodsky for putting a witness on the stand whose testimony ended up hurting Peterson. They unsuccessfully argued Brodsky’s actions warranted a new trial for Peterson.
In the libel suit, Brodsky accuses Greenberg of writing a letter that claimed Brodsky was a liar and incompetent lawyer. Brodsky is also suing the Chicago Tribune’s parent company for publishing information from the letter, along with a Tribune reporter and another news organization, among others.
Peterson, 59, is serving a 38-year sentence in a downstate prison. He remains the only suspect in the 2007 disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy, whose case prompted authorities to take another look at the Savio investigation.
Peterson denies harming either woman.