Adrian Peterson trial date tentatively set for December 1

AP

Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appeared in court today on charges of reckless or negligent injury to his 4-year-old son, but he did not get a firm court date.

Peterson sat among prisoners in striped jail uniforms as his attorney, Rusty Hardin, asked that a trial be scheduled as soon as possible. Hardin said Peterson is facing harsh criticism in the media without the ability to defend himself. Peterson and Hardin are also surely motivated by the idea that a quick resolution to the case could get Peterson back on the field this season.

But when Hardin asked for the case to be resolved before Thanksgiving, Judge Kelly Case said no date that soon was available on the court docket. December 1 is the earliest date available, although Case said it’s possible that other cases could be resolved in the mean time and that Peterson’s case could be moved up.

After leaving the courtroom, Hardin briefly addressed reporters with Peterson silently standing behind him.

“This is a really good man that I’m incredibly proud to represent,” Hardin said. “This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much.”

Prosecutors have asked for Case to be recused for calling lawyers involved “media whores.” That could potentially delay the trial even longer.

Peterson has agreed not to have contact with the child, who lives with his mother, while legal proceedings are ongoing.

49 responses to “Adrian Peterson trial date tentatively set for December 1

  1. So, he could return to the field for the playoffs, IF he is acquitted and traded to team that will make the playoffs?

  2. Ridiculous that athletes get preferential treatment yet again.

    I know someone going through the same courthouse on a criminal case. Same courthouse.

    The only difference is, the person I know, was told the first available court date wasnt until March. Why then, was Peterson afforded a date on December 1st, when regular schmucks have to wait 4 months longer? His case is being heard in the room next door to Judge Case.

    His name is also in the paper. And is also being smeared without the ability to defend himself. But Peterson and his high price attorney waltz right in and get a court date less than 60 days away. Our legal system is a farce.

  3. It’s amazing to me how unintelligent the average American is by letting themselves fall victim into groupthink. The list is too long to put in this post. I’m just glad they aren’t actually the jury and judge presiding over actual cases. All I hope is that idiocy doesn’t prevent Adrian Peterson from playing his whole career in Minnesota. It would be really special to see him retire a Viking, and to break Emmitt Smith’s record wearing the purple and gold. I know it’s a long shot, but watching what Jeter just did was really quite special, regardless of my personal feelings for the guy or his ballclub.

  4. “This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much.”

    well the ones he has met at least…..

  5. Straight from the Assistant DA out of Montegomery, Texas: “…first time offenders of this nature with no previous record almost always results in 2 years probation.”

    The judge is correct. Only reason they aren’t plea bargaining is to further their own resumes and career aspirations.

  6. Calling this a parenting decision is wrong because Pederson is not a parent. He’s a sperm donor.

    A parent is someone who is there for their children and guides them through life, not someone who shows up occasionally and then in the name of “discipline” beats the kid with a switch.

  7. If beating a four year old bloody with a weapon, then gloating about it to his mother doesn’t qualify as child abuse, they should just throw out the law.

    Petersen is about as pathetic an excuse for a human being I’ve seen. Crack addicts in alleys have more dignity.

  8. If there are people sitting in jail waiting for a court date, those cases should be heard first. If those have been taken care of, I see no problem with the argument that it’s a high-profile case so it should be heard as early as possible, because the guy is being tried and prosecuted in the court of public opinion without the opportunity to defend himself.

    Nevertheless, the best decision would have been to take a plea deal and demonstrate contrition. If he’s arguing he didn’t do anything wrong he’s just going to get roasted all over again.

  9. Blah, blah, blah… same old crap. “This is a really good man” Please…..He goes around city to city and keeps getting women pregnant and then the only fatherly thing he does for these kids is beat them because “that’s how’s it’s done in the south”. Yeah, a wonderful father and role model.

  10. What makes this story even more sad is that AP seems to truly have NO CLUE how horrible he has been. He seems to be much worse than simple denial. I hope he gets some help.

  11. A really good man who beats his 4 year old son in the scrotum, leaves wounds bleeding for days, uses money from his “charity” to throw an orgy and that’s just for a start.

    Are you sure he’s not just “really good” and not a “really really really good man”?

  12. Go Rusty! Get Adrian back on the field. I look forward to seeing him play again. This whole thing, and the negative posts are out of control. I have always thought this should be handled while Adrian plays. Remove custody until it’s over, get counseling, and give him the ball! Good Luck AP.

  13. I’ve got a feeling that if Pederast ever does return to football, the guys on the field will deal with him in their own fashion. He may wish he was in prison.

  14. It’s amazing to me how unintelligent the average American is in that considering the evidence as well as what a person admitted to, that said person is willing to look the other way while valuing a team and a player over a defenseless 4 yr old. Does the constant losing allow someone to think this way or is it the irrelevancy?

  15. This coming from the same Rusty Hardin that swore another of his infamous clients, Roger Clemens, had nothing to do with steroids.

  16. For the people complaining about preferential treatment of athletes, it actually makes sense. If an average joe was to commit a crime like this, his place of employment would probably not hear about it until after trial. Peterson has been subject to punishment before trial, and therefore deserves a speedier processing. So while we don’t get the preferential treatment for scheduling, we also aren’t subject to the harsh public criticism or losing our jobs before due process.

  17. I’ve had thing alot worse than a switch as a child when I needed it, I got the message and respect most people that respect me. Most kids today don’t respect anything or anyone, I’d like to know what the kid did though?

  18. The worst part is that he admits to it but just doesn’t get why it’s wrong. Just like he doesn’t see a problem with fathering multiple kids with different women. He’s not living in the same world as normal people who take responsibly for their actions.

  19. If cleared by law how can you continue to punish Adrian, he should play and be reinstated without suspension by the NFL. However if found guilty then so be it. The penalties must apply, and Adrian should be suspended and whatever the courts see as fair punishment should be applied. PLAIN AND SIMPLE!

  20. purple4life2 says:
    Oct 8, 2014 12:17 PM
    Straight from the Assistant DA out of Montegomery, Texas: “…first time offenders of this nature with no previous record almost always results in 2 years probation.”
    ——————————————–
    And yet people want him cut from the Vikings, and banned from the NFL forever.

    I want him to receive the exact same punishment anybody else would get. No more. No less.

  21. Hope the Vikings don’t get rid of one of the “most iconic runners” i’ve personally ever watched. Before this season he could have made a good Run, (no pun intended) at the all time records. But this crappy situation had to take him out for presumably this whole season….. could’ve went down as one of the best (numbers wise. skill wise he’s still the best) and now he’ll be known as the nfl player that beat his kids B.S.

  22. So let him get a real job. Nothing is stopping him from doing something else in life. If a team doesn’t want him that’s their prerogative.

  23. I think if the NFL can look pass Ray Lewis murdering 2 people and Jerry Jones sexually assaulting a few women (and having his goons intimidate them insot silence) then AP should be A-Okay.

  24. Ray Lewis got away with murder were is the outrage blood on his hands and clothes at scene of crime and he walks rich mans justice .

  25. Trial, pleaded out. Doesn’t matter. Vikings season is over and i dropped Peterson in fantasy

  26. Vikings Fan, took my boys 28 jerseys away. Get to explain this crap to them. NO athlete is one of my kids role model, I’ll make sure they understand that.

  27. He “loves” his children so much he doesn’t even know all their names or has even met them all.

  28. “2manyconcussions says:
    Oct 8, 2014 12:58 PM
    Thank God in this country you are innocent until proven guilty. On PFT, not so much.”
    =================================================

    Hmm, OJ Simpson, Robert Blake, George Zimmerman, and Michael Jackson agree with your statement except to add this: He who has the highest priced lawyers wins.

  29. He’ll be back just in time to watch our neighbors to the east wrap up another NFC North championship. Depressing for us viking fans.

  30. Unless he is forced to have a bench trial, his lawyer will cleverly pick out a few jurors who he senses have the same disciplinary attitude as Peterson.

  31. @65impala

    The child scratched at his siblings eyes after a dispute over a game, and also cussed at Adrian while he was getting verbally scolded. Hence the leaves in the mouth treatment.

  32. Let him play football. There is no connection between football and the switching. He switched the kid at home. Having him spend all his time away from football and at home doesn’t make his kid safer.

  33. icebowler says: Oct 8, 2014 1:51 PM

    Unless he is forced to have a bench trial, his lawyer will cleverly pick out a few jurors who he senses have the same disciplinary attitude as Peterson.

    —————-

    A few jurors? In Texas? Where corporal punishment is not only legal by the parents but also in schools?

    I don’t think that will be a problem.

  34. harrisonhits2 says:
    Oct 8, 2014 12:32 PM

    A really good man who beats his 4 year old son in the scrotum, leaves wounds bleeding for days, uses money from his “charity” to throw an orgy and that’s just for a start.

    Are you sure he’s not just “really good” and not a “really really really good man”?
    ==================================
    He is a generous and caring man. He was kind enough to invite family members to an orgy. This proves that he is a “family man”, and he shares with others.

  35. @skolvikes

    You are right, corporal punishment is allowed in Texas. And a whole lot of other states for that matter.

    Injuring a child while carrying out the corporal punishment is not allowed in Texas or any other state.

    Anyone who doesn’t know the difference between the two, has no business dealing out corporal punishment to a child, especially a 4 year old.

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