Special prosecutor wants another attorney to handle suspected road rage case

The case of a suspected road rage incident involving Norwalk attorney Greg Shell has become a case of legal hot potato. On Wednesday, the Norwalk Law Director's office appointed Greenwich Law Director Steve Palmer as a special prosecutor to consider charges in the March 26 incident.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

The case of a suspected road rage incident involving Norwalk attorney Greg Shell has become a case of legal hot potato.

On Wednesday, the Norwalk Law Director's office appointed Greenwich Law Director Steve Palmer as a special prosecutor to consider charges in the March 26 incident.

Norwalk Law Director Jim Conway cited a conflict of interest. He said his office has "ongoing dealings" with Shell as a defense attorney, who is accused of shoving a man outside of East of Chicago Pizza.

Palmer, however, said he shares the "same concerns" and suggests another prosecutor one not from Huron County handle the case. Palmer said there is a great potential he might have contact with Shell in the future if he defends someone involved in a Greenwich case.

"You're tying to find someone who is going to be as fair as possible," Palmer explained, and a prosecutor who has "limited dealings" with Shell.

He stressed that it's important for prosecutors to stay away from any impression of being improper while reviewing cases.

About 11 a.m. March 26, Shell accused a motorist of cutting him off at the intersection of Seminary Street and Linwood Avenue and someone made an inappropriate gesture, Conway said.

Shell reportedly followed the other driver, whose name is not being released, to East of Chicago, where he was working on a vending machine. Both men allegedly made inappropriate gestures at each other and Shell is accused of shoving the man, Conway continued.

Though Shell has declined to comment on the case this week, he said in late March he didn't assault the man.

Conway said the special prosecutor situation is not unusual.

"If it's an attorney involved in the case, it's someone we have contact with on a regular basis," he explained. "I'm sure we'll be looking for someone to handle the case."