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Judge in Adrian Peterson Case in Recusal Hearing

A hearing on Wednesday will decide whether the judge in NFL star Adrian Peterson's child abuse case will be removed. 

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson appeared in court on Wednesday morning and was expected to plead "not guilty" to charges of reckless injury to his 4-year-old son.

He was cut short when District Attorney Brett Ligon confronted District Judge Kelly Case about earlier comments Case made in which he supposedly called attorneys "media whores." Ligon asked Case to recuse himself, which for Peterson means a delay in his trial and a longer waiting period before taking to the field again.

Professor Kotler, a USC Professor of Law, says that the biggest problem with recusals "is that judges rarely see themselves in a conflict position and oftentimes refuse to recuse themselves when asked to do so by one of the litigants."

Peterson's pretrial is set for Nov. 4, with his trial set to begin the week of Dec. 1, assuming these issues do not delay it.

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