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Peterson’s grand jury testimony results in prompt decision to drop case

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Adrian Peterson’s lawyer, Rusty Hardin, had a problem.  And he came up with a solution that got the charges dropped.

Hardin believed Peterson wasn’t guilty of resisting arrest (to date, it still isn’t clear what he was being arrested for when he allegedly resisted arrest), but prosecutors had a pair of police officers who insisted that Peterson had crossed the line.  Since prosecutors routinely work with police officers, it would have been difficult for the prosecutor to drop the charges if the police officers wanted to proceed.

So Hardin came up with an idea.  Although grand juries are convened typically in felony cases, why not let a grand jury decide whether the case against Peterson should go forward?

Hardin explained the procedure via phone to PFT earlier this afternoon.  He said he was willing to let Peterson testify without a lawyer present in a room with 12 citizens and a prosecutor because Hardin firmly believed Peterson had done nothing wrong.

The prosecutor agreed to the approach, and Peterson flew to Houston on Monday night for the session.  On Tuesday morning, the two police officers, an employee of the club where the incident happened, and Peterson separately testified.  Peterson met with the grand jury for roughly 25 minutes.  Approximately five minutes after he left the room, the grand jury decided that the case should be dropped.

“We thought this is what would happen,” Hardin told PFT.  “But we thought we’d have to have a trial to make it happen.  He didn’t push shove or hit a police officer, and he didn’t resist any police officer.”

Hardin pointed out that three “red flags” made him even more confident Peterson would be exonerated.  First, several employees of the club insisted that Peterson did nothing wrong.  Second, four of the six police officers who were on the scene said they didn’t see anything.  Third, none of the many patrons who were present in the club for the incident were quoted as corroborating the arresting officer in the police report.

Officially, the charges will be dismissed on Wednesday.  When that happens, the best year of Adrian Peterson’s career will be a little better.

And the next time he comes to Houston, it won’t be for a court appearance.  It’ll be for a game next month against the Texans.

“I told him I hope he rushes for 200 yards and loses,” Hardin said.  “Adrian said, ‘I’ll take 200 and a win.’”

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27 Responses to “Peterson’s grand jury testimony results in prompt decision to drop case”
  1. urlacher54 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:11 PM

    Ok, I like Adrian Peterson. I think he is a great guy, and one of the best RB’s today.

    But, if he wasn’t rich/famous, this would have gone completely different, and that’s crap.

  2. 97tahoe says: Nov 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    I thought this week would be quite, Vikings wise. I mean it’s bye-week and all, guess I was wrong…

  3. tdk24 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:14 PM

    Now that nothing will happen to him, he should turn around and sue the cops!

  4. tombradyallday says: Nov 13, 2012 4:17 PM

    MVP MVP MVP

  5. nesuperfan says: Nov 13, 2012 4:23 PM

    In other words, the cop lied…no one should be surprised.

  6. cereal blogger says: Nov 13, 2012 4:28 PM

    Sounds like someone tried to make headlines for themselves arresting a celebrity. I hope that those responsible are reprimanded. I’d take Adrian Peterson’s word over many cops.

  7. samanthasteeleruinedmyqb says: Nov 13, 2012 4:29 PM

    I would love to know what those two police officers were thinking when they arrested him. I think we all knew this was going to be the outcome as soon as the story came out.

  8. lnfinite says: Nov 13, 2012 4:46 PM

    A class act proven innocent

  9. gronkspike802 says: Nov 13, 2012 4:59 PM

    So that means that the cops lied. Why aren’t they being punished? Cops shouldn’t be able to wrongfully arrest someone and not be punished at all. No one is above the law.

  10. mrbullgator says: Nov 13, 2012 5:05 PM

    Cops being cops, thinking they are higher than everyone else!

  11. edwinmoses says: Nov 13, 2012 5:15 PM

    Hopefully these lying pigs have what’s coming to them

  12. smittee22 says: Nov 13, 2012 5:15 PM

    urlacher54 says:
    Nov 13, 2012 4:11 PM
    Ok, I like Adrian Peterson. I think he is a great guy, and one of the best RB’s today.

    But, if he wasn’t rich/famous, this would have gone completely different, and that’s crap.
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    You are 100% correct. Nothing would have happened at the club if he wasn’t rich and famous. Just a couple of cops with big egos trying to make a name for themselves

  13. purpleguy says: Nov 13, 2012 5:20 PM

    Good for AP. Rather go after those cops for their overzealous acts, they should be forced to put on pads, take the field, and try to take down AP without hancuffs, batons, mace, stun guns and 4 cop buddies.

  14. bluebongzilla says: Nov 13, 2012 5:23 PM

    Would he take 25 and a win? What about 300 and a loss?

  15. youngs79 says: Nov 13, 2012 6:57 PM

    Wow, didn’t see this result coming.

  16. 1rockyracoon says: Nov 13, 2012 7:10 PM

    “He got away with it because he’s a rich athlete.”

    Maybe if he wasn’t a rich athlete then he would not have been targeted by the two officers.

  17. tjacks7 says: Nov 13, 2012 7:38 PM

    it would have been difficult for the prosecutor to drop the charges if the police officers wanted to proceed.

    —————

    That’s completely wrong. Yes, police and prosecutors work together. Police arrest people. Ultimately, it’s the prosecutors job to decide whether or not to prosecute. A prosecutor can decline to prosecute a case for any reason she/he deems appropriate.

  18. keepingitrealdumb says: Nov 13, 2012 7:41 PM

    shouldn’t there be some charges against those cops then?

  19. mikebyrne1502 says: Nov 13, 2012 8:19 PM

    urlacher54 says:
    Nov 13, 2012 4:11 PM
    Ok, I like Adrian Peterson. I think he is a great guy, and one of the best RB’s today.

    But, if he wasn’t rich/famous, this would have gone completely different, and that’s crap.

    ———————————–

    Yea the guy probably wouldn’t have even stopped him to ask for his autograph or prove that he’s a better and bigger man than an NFL running back. MMA fighters go through it all the time, guy wants to think there tough by trying to fight a professional, or even better ask any bouncer how drunk guys always want to test there luck against a bigger man.

  20. pcsheward says: Nov 13, 2012 9:04 PM

    That’s completely wrong. Yes, police and prosecutors work together. Police arrest people. Ultimately, it’s the prosecutors job to decide whether or not to prosecute. A prosecutor can decline to prosecute a case for any reason she/he deems appropriate.

    =====

    You’re missing the point. True, prosecutors are the ones with discretion, but the point remains true. The relationship b/w cops and prosecutors is rocky enough b/c cops are on the front lines and resent prosecutorial discretion. If prosecutors want to make the relationship even worse, they’ll dismiss a case that the arresting officers are adamant about prosecuting.

  21. md228010 says: Nov 13, 2012 9:39 PM

    Crooked Texas Cops… This was BS from the beginning.. AP’s way to good of a guy anyhow.. Good to get this behind him on his way to another phenomenal year. Being on 2 of my fantasy teams I’m glad he can move on and do what he does. all day beast mode.

  22. cardinalsfan87 says: Nov 13, 2012 9:47 PM

    The jury was awestruck because of who he is. I’m sick of rich people being able to do whatever they want. Because he can break tackles and run fast he doesn’t have to obey the laws is what they are saying. Same with every out of control athlete today.

  23. zn0rseman says: Nov 13, 2012 11:46 PM

    The cops in this should be fired with extreme prejudice.

  24. anarchopurplism says: Nov 14, 2012 12:48 AM

    Facts of this case were severely lacking.

    This was expected

  25. raidernation210 says: Nov 14, 2012 7:34 AM

    cardinalsfan87 says:
    Nov 13, 2012 9:47 PM

    The jury was awestruck because of who he is. I’m sick of rich people being able to do whatever they want. Because he can break tackles and run fast he doesn’t have to obey the laws is what they are saying. Same with every out of control athlete today.

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    I am sure some jurours had no idea who he is. I guess you have no idea how a jury selection goes. And he didn’t do anything he wanted because he didn’t do anything. Did you not even read this article? Get a clue…..

    ” First, several employees of the club insisted that Peterson did nothing wrong. Second, four of the six police officers who were on the scene said they didn’t see anything. Third, none of the many patrons who were present in the club for the incident were quoted as corroborating the arresting officer in the police report.”

  26. goldnpurple says: Nov 14, 2012 11:22 AM

    The jury was awestruck because of who he is. I’m sick of rich people being able to do whatever they want. Because he can break tackles and run fast he doesn’t have to obey the laws is what they are saying. Same with every out of control athlete today.

    You obviously know nothing about Adrian Peterson and what an outstanding and exemplary man he is off the field. You would be hard pressed to find a better role model in all of the professional athletes of all sports.

    I am more concerned about corrupt law enforcement personal that think they are above the law.

  27. goldnpurple says: Nov 14, 2012 11:24 AM

    And I think cardinalsfan87 is still trying to swallow the sour grapes from their loss to the Vikings.

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