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.