An outrageous case of discrimination UPDATE 8: Trial pushed back to March

For those of you who have been following the story of Monica and Caleb, here is the latest info from the Clovis News Journal. I won’t be quoting all of it this time, but you can always click the link if you want to read the whole thing.

The trial for Mares has been set for March 17.

Peterson’s trial date was slated Nov. 8, but during a docket call on Tuesday, District Court Judge Fred Van Soelen said it would also move to sometime next year.

While this is dragging out what I am sure they would prefer to be over and done with, at the least this means that they get to spend Christmas out of jail.

Both cases had been on a “trailing docket,” attorneys said, meaning the dates were not fixed. District Attorney Andrea Reeb asked Van Soelen for a fixed date and defense attorney Thomas Harden did not object.

and then:

Both Reeb and Harden said they’d probably need multiple panels to get enough jurors.

I’m not surprised given the publicity that this case has received.

Van Soelen asked Harden if moving the trial to 2017 would interfere with Harden’s plans to retire next year.

Harden said he’d be fine with a January trial. When told March was more likely, he said he’d arrange new counsel for Peterson in that circumstance.


“Do it soon,” Van Soelen told Harden, “so we don’t get a new attorney with two weeks before trial saying, ‘I’m brand new on this case; I need more time.’”

Now considering that by the time March comes along the case will already be over a year old, you’d think they’d just drop it. Since them remaining out of prison for this length of time has had no negative impact on society so far, then dropping the case would also have no negative effect. Furthermore it would free up the courts time to try violent criminals.

Honestly, it’s sad that they’re still pressing ahead with such a ridiculous persection of two people who did nothing more than fall in love.


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