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Man exonerated after 15 years in prison for crime he didn't commit

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  • LetsDebate PLEASANT GROVE, UT
    May 16, 2013 10:28 a.m.

    I've long believed that anyone who frames another, or who engages dishonestly or illegally to convict someone of any crime, should be subject to the very same penalty faced by the person wrongly convicted. I think that would be a tremendous deterrent to people like this man's ex-wife, as well as to dishonest law enforcement and prosecutors.

  • Shimlau SAINT GEORGE, UT
    May 16, 2013 8:23 a.m.

    procuradorfiscal: Before we jump to way too many conclusions, here, let's remember that this guy pled guilty to a pretty horrendous crime. He now says he didn't do it, and the kids, for some reason, now agree. Maybe it's even true.

    In reading the article, I got out of it that he plead guilty to avoid the 15 years in prison. when asked to tell in explicit detail what had happened, he couldn't. the parole officer heard about it, and to prison he went. Maybe this is also true. I can easily see why he would plead guilty for probation rather than spend 15 years in the Big House, can't you?

  • procuradorfiscal Tooele, UT
    May 16, 2013 5:22 a.m.

    Re: "How about a month for every year they forced this innocent man to spend in prison?"

    Before we jump to way too many conclusions, here, let's remember that this guy pled guilty to a pretty horrendous crime. He now says he didn't do it, and the kids, for some reason, now agree. Maybe it's even true.

    But, maybe not.

    There are other possible explanations, as well. Some of them involving scenarios in which he really is guilty, but has arranged for the evidence now to appear otherwise.

    It'd be hard to explain his original guilty plea, if he really were factually and militantly innocent.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    May 15, 2013 10:26 p.m.

    If Peterson's ex wife and her husband can't be legally prosecuted, can he at least sue them. This is outrageous what they did to him.

  • AZKID Mapleton, UT
    May 15, 2013 10:24 p.m.

    If there is justice in this universe, ex-wife and hubby should do some time.

    My kids have learned to be responsible people by having natural and logical consequences for their actions. If the rest of society wants to guard against this extreme miscarriage of justice happening elsewhere, then consequences need to be dispensed.

    How about a month for every year they forced this innocent man to spend in prison? Sounds about right to me...