The judge presiding over the Adrian Peterson child-abuse proceedings refused to recuse himself on Monday.
The request came at the behest of a prosecutor ostensibly upset that Judge Kelly Case called prosecution and defense lead attorneys “media whores.” Prosecutor Brett Ligon also demanded an apology.
“Yes, of course, I apologize to both of you,” a startled Case explained. “That’s not how I feel about any of you. I think you’re doing a great job.”
Peterson attorney Rusty Hardin noted that the comment didn’t bother him. “Just for the record,” he informed the judge and prosecutor. “I don’t take offense to it, judge. I’ve been called much worse.”
Peterson’s case, with the judge the prosecution clearly doesn’t want to preside, is scheduled to start on December 1.