The motion to remove Judge Kelly Case from Adrian Peterson’s trial was denied this week, and it looks like Peterson’s trial can be set for December 1st again, according to the Star Tribune.
District Attorney Brett Ligon filed the protest in response to comments from the judge calling both parties “media whores”. The trial date is important for Peterson because an earlier date that resolves the legal battle is better for him in terms of returning to the field of play, assuming he’s found not guilty of the charges.
Ligon has had a contentious history with the judge in question.
Peterson reportedly refused plea deals and has entered in a plea of “not guilty” so as of this moment will have to wait until December before any resolution can be found. Even if Peterson is found not guilty, there’s a very good chance that Peterson will face suspension from the NFL—which could take him out of the season entirely. That reported looming suspension doesn’t take into account the admission of his marijuana use, which may tack on more (though that is unlikely given the new NFL drug policy).
A pretrial hearing is set for November 4th, and before that the Peterson legal team may want to resolve the issue of his admission to use marijuana and whether or not that is sufficient evidence to argue he violated bond and therefore should be re-arrested.