Drew Peterson has an unlikely ally in a bid to silence the former lawyer

JOLIET, Ill. — Convicted wife killer Drew Peterson has an unlikely ally in his efforts to stop his ex-lawyer from sharing the ex-cop’s secrets.

The man who prosecuted Peterson, the same man Peterson was later convicted of attempting to hire a hit man to kill, Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow filed a brief supporting a gag order against the former Peterson’s attorney.

“The parties and the trial court in this case could not risk [Joel Brodsky] disclosing any knowledge he possesses,” the Glasgow office wrote in a filing with an appeals court reviewing the gag order.

It’s a very different tone from the one sounded by the state’s attorney during Peterson’s trial for killing his third wife, Kathleen Savio, and the subsequent murder-for-hire solicitation trial.

Peterson was convicted in both cases, but has never been charged in the disappearance of his fourth wife, Stacy.

Peterson’s public defender requested and received the gag order following a May 17 WGN Investigates report in which Brodsky said, “I know everything about both of his wives, everything.” He added, “I feel bad that Drew still hasn’t taken responsibility and Stacy is still missing. I’m thinking of revealing what happened to Stacy and where she is.”

Brodsky is appealing the gag order.

Peterson’s current attorney, now joined by the Will County State’s Attorney, argue that if Brodsky reveals what he knows, it could jeopardize a new trial if Peterson’s attempt to overturn his conviction is successful.

Peterson claims that Brodsky provided ineffective counsel during the murder trial, in part by not allowing him to testify in his own defense.

“This may be the vilest crime in America, but [defendants] they still have the right to speak in confidence with their attorney,” Will County Judge Ed Burmila said in court granting the gag order on May 19.

Brodsky insists that he has the right to defend himself against Peterson’s claim that he was an ineffective attorney, and in doing so he may violate attorney-client privilege to demonstrate the danger Peterson was in.

“Once again, Drew’s big fat lips are getting him in trouble, he just can’t keep his mouth shut,” Brodsky said outside the courthouse on May 19.

Brodsky said he still wants to reveal the “whole story” of what happened in the Peterson case, perhaps in a long-form podcast. He doesn’t rule out being compensated for sharing the story, but insists that’s not his motivation.

The Will County State’s Attorney’s Office did not respond to a request for comment on why it is trying to silence Brodsky from revealing information that could help them ultimately press charges in Stacy Peterson’s disappearance.

In the court filing, the Glasgow office wrote: “The defendant will likely never receive a fair jury trial…if his former attorney violates the most basic principle of the attorney-client relationship and, for example, discloses that the Defendant confessed to murdering Kathleen Savio and/or Stacy Peterson.”

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