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  • riverlover Dec 13, 10:47 a.m.

    Questionable comment.

    How many people can identify who they see in traffic while driving 35 mph to 70 mph. Especially a car they aren't familiar with.

    Most cars have enough tint on the windows it's difficult to see inside.
    ConservativeVoter

    Never did I say I saw him speeding down the road...I know the family personally..I do know what Michael Peterson looks like. Two of the times I saw him he was parking the car and one of the times he spoke to me "hello" while walking past me in the parking lot. It was DEFINITELY Michael Peterson.

  • piene2 Dec 13, 8:33 a.m.

    "More money, borrowed from China, Wasted
    oleguy"

    It is amusing that some people will use any story at all to hawk their childish political rants.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 12:14 p.m.

    "DA's also eliminate witnesses who question LEO's.
    ConservativeVoter"

    Meant DA's eliminate jury candidates who question what LEO's and DA's say during the jury selection process.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 11:58 a.m.

    "What misconduct? The case has been reviewed by the NC Supreme Court and no misconduct was shown. Peterson is a murderer... convicted for one murder; he got a skate on the first murder. seankelly15""

    Aside from the fact that Deaver falsified evidence in Peterson's trial and almost 200 trials.

    Deaver was known as the go to guy for DA's looking to get evidence to convict someone.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 11:57 a.m.

    "Re "Juries are instructed that expert witnesses especially law enforcement are there to provide evidence and that their testimony shouldn't be questioned." by ConservativeVoter

    This statement is factually incorrect.

    It is standard juror instruction that the testimony of ALL witnesses should be held to the same standards, i.e. the jury can believe all, some, or none of the testimony of each witness.

    The only difference is that a court-qualified expert witness IS allowed to express an opinion, which a "normal" witness cannot do.

    No judge in his right mind would ever instruct a jury that the testimony of ANY witness "shouldn't be challenged."

    Let's at least get the facts correct here, please.

    FE"

    Obviously you've never been on a jury.

    The DA spends lots of time explaining the credentials of the law enforcement and state witnesses explaining why they are experts in their field and why their opinion should be accepted as fact.

    DA's also eliminate witnesses who question LEO's.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 11:54 a.m.

    "When it is perceived that a wealthy, well-known, white man receives poor/bad justice it's newsworthy. When a poor, unknown black/Latino man received poor/bad justice, no one even notices. Very interesting.
    2thec"

    When all else fails, play the race card.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 11:53 a.m.

    "It was unethical to allow this man to, a convicted murderer to walk out of prison basically a free man to do as he please (yeah, yeah I know he has an ankle bracelet) but it does not matter, my son works at the YMCA and saw Mr. Peterson there often. This would have never happened with the "average joe". Even folk who are granted a new trial have to stay in jail until the new trial, especially when it is a murder case. There is nothing to indicate this man did not kill his wife, let alone the suspicous murder of his so called friend that he just so happen to have been the last to see and die in the same manner as his wife. This is pretty much a no-brainer!
    lavjt"

    Problem is that there was no evidence linking Peterson to the murder other than the evidence that Deaver falsified.

  • kindness4 Dec 12, 10:54 a.m.

    I could be real wrong, but I swear I've seen him (Peterson) driving around Durham in a little silver sports car. House arrest means not confined to one's house and permits limited travel. If it wasn't him...he's got a twin.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 12, 10:54 a.m.

    "What "came out" about Deaver came from liberal, anti-law enforcement, attorneys and the News and Observer. Personally, I trust Deaver more than Let 'em go Orlando Hudson, these bleeding heart attorneys and the N&O.
    disgusted2010"

    Deaver was known for falsifying lab results. He was known as the go to guy for DA's looking to get an easy conviction.

    As they say, figures don't lie but liars sure do figure.

    An independent investigation found that Deaver was guilty of falsifying lab results in lots of cases.

  • piene2 Dec 11, 4:16 p.m.

    ""piene2 - "If one deletes all the misconduct on the part of the prosecution, there is no way mister Peterson would have been convicted."

    What misconduct? The case has been reviewed by the NC Supreme Court and no misconduct was shown. Peterson is a murderer... convicted for one murder; he got a skate on the first murder.
    seankelly15"

    Aside from the fact that prosecution witnesses gave false and misleading testimony, I guess not much. Lying on the witness stand is a definite no-no, is it not?

  • affirmativediversity Dec 11, 3:37 p.m.

    I'll tell you what bothers me with Hudson's ruling...

    Its not that he determined Deaver's testimony false and misleading or even that he granted Peterson a new trial...its that he let him out of prison pending that new trial (on house arrest but still not in prison). Is this something Judge Hudson plans on doing for every prisoner that had Deaver testify at their trial? If not...what was so compelling about Michael Peterson that sets him apart from the others for "special judicial consideration"?

  • affirmativediversity Dec 11, 3:32 p.m.

    "What "came out" about Deaver came from liberal, anti-law enforcement, attorneys and the News and Observer. Personally, I trust Deaver more than Let 'em go Orlando Hudson, these bleeding heart attorneys and the N&O."

    No it came from science. Deaver was a disgrace to his profession and it will be a crime if his actions now result in this killer going free. per Grand Union

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    Here's one for the record books...I agree with Grand Union

    Deaver's action were criminal and may well have resulted in innocent people being convicted of serious crimes.

    Let's give Peterson his "fair" retrial and get him back to prison as quickly as possible.

  • affirmativediversity Dec 11, 3:29 p.m.

    When it is perceived that a wealthy, well-known, white man receives poor/bad justice it's newsworthy. When a poor, unknown black/Latino man received poor/bad justice, no one even notices. Very interesting. 2thec..

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    Blah, blah, blah...tired of the race card being played...

  • affirmativediversity Dec 11, 3:27 p.m.

    Stop wasting our time and money on appeals of Orlando Hudson's ruling...Let's just set a new trial date and convict him again so he can go back to prison.

    The only thing the state is accomplishing by appealing this ruling is giving a murderer more time out of prison!

  • poisonpen Dec 11, 3:14 p.m.

    Time for "mr" peterson; to return to his rightful place:
    His Cage and Cell in prison.

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Dec 11, 2:54 p.m.

    Granting a new trial will bring the same results....HE MURDERED HIS WIFE KATHLEEN. I don't understand why he is not in prison while the trial comes up. He is a danger to the community, is he not? I guess he want to blame this owl on the murder of his wife; when he knows he is the one who took her life.

  • Grand Union Dec 11, 2:20 p.m.

    "What "came out" about Deaver came from liberal, anti-law enforcement, attorneys and the News and Observer. Personally, I trust Deaver more than Let 'em go Orlando Hudson, these bleeding heart attorneys and the N&O."

    No it came from science. Deaver was a disgrace to his profession and it will be a crime if his actions now result in this killer going free.

  • Save It Dec 11, 1:19 p.m.

    God help us if Tracy Cline was correct all along.

  • robbyh Dec 11, 12:39 p.m.

    When it is perceived that a wealthy, well-known, white man receives poor/bad justice it's newsworthy. When a poor, unknown black/Latino man received poor/bad justice, no one even notices. Very interesting.
    2thec..Thats because it has becme every day news, some things get old and we get tired of hearing it!!

  • disgusted2010 Dec 11, 12:09 p.m.

    "What came out about Deaver makes all his testimonies suspect..."

    What "came out" about Deaver came from liberal, anti-law enforcement, attorneys and the News and Observer. Personally, I trust Deaver more than Let 'em go Orlando Hudson, these bleeding heart attorneys and the N&O.

  • seankelly15 Dec 11, 11:51 a.m.

    piene2 - "If one deletes all the misconduct on the part of the prosecution, there is no way mister Peterson would have been convicted."

    What misconduct? The case has been reviewed by the NC Supreme Court and no misconduct was shown. Peterson is a murderer... convicted for one murder; he got a skate on the first murder.

  • lavjt Dec 11, 11:46 a.m.

    As crazy as the the former DA Tracy was, she was absolutely right about Orlando Hudson, he should be gone too!

  • seankelly15 Dec 11, 11:46 a.m.

    ConservativeVoter - "Questionable comment.

    How many people can identify who they see in traffic while driving 35 mph to 70 mph. Especially a car they aren't familiar with.

    Most cars have enough tint on the windows it's difficult to see inside."

    Yours is the "questionable comment". What does the car have to do with who is inside it? And, how do you know that the windows are tinted? Peterson is a very familiar face in Durham.

  • samr Dec 11, 11:43 a.m.

    "and jurors would have reached the same verdict without Deaver's testimony."

    Then the State should not have put Deaver on and we would not have to revisit this case. The State did more than that by claiming that Deaver was an expert. It is a joke that taxpayers have to pay for their mistake but yet here we are.

  • YippiYiyoKiYay Dec 11, 11:39 a.m.

    deprived him of his right to a fair trial........And did Kathleen get to die a fair death? Orlando Hudson is a joke as a judge. I'm really surprised he hasn't ruled that the owl did it.

  • piene2 Dec 11, 11:38 a.m.

    "As much as I believe Peterson did this murder, I think he or anyone else would deserve a new trial based upon the tainted testimony.
    paultaylorsr100"

    If that were to happen there should be a change of venue. Reading the comments of posters here clearly shows why that is necessary.

  • lavjt Dec 11, 11:36 a.m.

    It was unethical to allow this man to, a convicted murderer to walk out of prison basically a free man to do as he please (yeah, yeah I know he has an ankle bracelet) but it does not matter, my son works at the YMCA and saw Mr. Peterson there often. This would have never happened with the "average joe". Even folk who are granted a new trial have to stay in jail until the new trial, especially when it is a murder case. There is nothing to indicate this man did not kill his wife, let alone the suspicous murder of his so called friend that he just so happen to have been the last to see and die in the same manner as his wife. This is pretty much a no-brainer!

  • piene2 Dec 11, 11:36 a.m.

    If one deletes all the misconduct on the part of the prosecution, there is no way mister Peterson would have been convicted.

  • are you kidding me Dec 11, 11:34 a.m.

    SBI performance alone should free this man. DA Hardin rammed this case through the Durham courtroom. As a taxpayer, I cannot support spending more money on this case. I do not think there are many the RDU area would use their own money to prosecute this.

  • dontstopnow Dec 11, 11:33 a.m.

    They should have sentenced him to death during his first trial and now this would not be a topic. He might get to a life sentence but he would not be enjoying his freedom with an ankle bracelet! Unbelieveable, just mind boggling.

  • LovemyPirates Dec 11, 11:13 a.m.

    When it is perceived that a wealthy, well-known, white man receives poor/bad justice it's newsworthy. When a poor, unknown black/Latino man received poor/bad justice, no one even notices. Very interesting.

  • tiblet Dec 11, 11:01 a.m.

    I say let him go, it's cheeper for us.
    robbyh

    I am sure Kathleen Peterson's family would not appreciate this position.

  • NotFromHere Dec 11, 10:49 a.m.

    "I have personally encountered Michael Peterson out by ALONE driving himself around in a BMW." - riverlover

    Isn't this the same guy who claimed to be broke and had the taxpayers pay for his defense. Then after he went to prison, the kids were fighting in court over their parents' money? Now he's out and on house arrest with no job? Amazing how the rich manipulate the system at the expense of the taxpayer.

  • FE Dec 11, 10:47 a.m.

    Re "Juries are instructed that expert witnesses especially law enforcement are there to provide evidence and that their testimony shouldn't be questioned." by ConservativeVoter

    This statement is factually incorrect.

    It is standard juror instruction that the testimony of ALL witnesses should be held to the same standards, i.e. the jury can believe all, some, or none of the testimony of each witness.

    The only difference is that a court-qualified expert witness IS allowed to express an opinion, which a "normal" witness cannot do.

    No judge in his right mind would ever instruct a jury that the testimony of ANY witness "shouldn't be challenged."

    Let's at least get the facts correct here, please.

    FE

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 11, 10:23 a.m.

    "What exactly is "house" arrest? I live in Durham and I have personally encountered Michael Peterson out by ALONE driving himself around in a BMW. - riverlover"

    Questionable comment.

    How many people can identify who they see in traffic while driving 35 mph to 70 mph. Especially a car they aren't familiar with.

    Most cars have enough tint on the windows it's difficult to see inside.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 11, 10:22 a.m.

    Deaver's testimony tainted the outcome of the jury.

    Juries are instructed to treat the testimony of state paid law enforcement experts as fact without questioning what the expert said.

    Deaver's testimony was weighed heavier by the jury than other testimony.

  • paultaylorsr100 Dec 11, 10:15 a.m.

    As much as I believe Peterson did this murder, I think he or anyone else would deserve a new trial based upon the tainted testimony. But, keep him incarcerated. He's not a free man. He's a convicted murderer.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 11, 10:14 a.m.

    Even if Peterson is guilty, Deaver's expert witness testimony most likely tainted the jury. Juries are instructed that expert witnesses especially law enforcement are there to provide evidence and that their testimony shouldn't be questioned.

  • ConservativeVoter Dec 11, 10:12 a.m.

    All cases that Deaver falsified evidence for should either be thrown out or retried.

  • riverlover Dec 11, 10:08 a.m.

    What exactly is "house" arrest? I live in Durham and I have personally encountered Michael Peterson out by ALONE driving himself around in a BMW.

  • gnewsome1 Dec 11, 10:08 a.m.

    The outcome of Peterson's request for a new trial was predictable with Orlando Hudson sitting as Judge. He is not fit to be a judge as he allows his opinion to trump the law of the land. Deaver was not the only witness and the prosecution was not allowed to present its case fully. If Hudson is the trial judge on this, Peterson, a convicted murderer will walk. House arrest for convicted felon. What a travesty of justice. I guess Kathleen beat herself and then fell down the steps for good measure.

  • Issac Ishmed Dec 11, 9:59 a.m.

    The State says it? Oh, they're right then. They've never railroaded anyone.

  • robbyh Dec 11, 9:46 a.m.

    I say let him go, it's cheeper for us.

  • Bartmeister Dec 11, 9:28 a.m.

    This is a joke.

  • ccsloop Dec 11, 9:06 a.m.

    What came out about Deaver makes all his testimonies suspect so I would expect lots of requests along these lines. I think Peterson did it, but you never know in a jury trial.

  • prodigalrn Dec 11, 8:36 a.m.

    The owl did it.

  • NoRespect Dec 11, 8:35 a.m.

    Put him back in prison until this is settled. He stands as CONVICTED KILLER, not as a suspect. His first trial resulted in a conviction. That stands (in my book) until an appeal can be heard and a re-trial is granted.

  • autismawareness Dec 11, 8:13 a.m.

    what i want to know is when is deaver's trial?

  • westernwake1 Dec 10, 7:52 p.m.

    "Most of hudson's rulings are wrong or overturned." - US VET

    Yeah right. Only 5 of his rulings have been overturned during the past 10 years. This is among the lowest number of any judge in our state.

  • westernwake1 Dec 10, 7:48 p.m.

    "Again, Tracey Cline may have said and done it the wrong way, but the rulings of Judge Hudson, now and in the past, have been inconsistent, questionable, and overturned. Hudson has smoke all around him. Like Grandpa said, "Son, where there is smoke, there is fire"." - whoami

    You do realize that Judge Hudson has one of the lowest overruling rates in the state. Only five Hudson rulings have been overruled by the appellate court in the past 10 years (Allen, Buckheit, Conner, & two others). One other case was partially overruled (Durham schools anti-gang policy) In fact, this is one of the lowest overruling rates among North Carolina judges.

    I believe that every case that Duane Deaver was involved with will get a new trial. His fraud and lying on the stand was so grevious that none of the cases will hold up. Due to this Mike Peterson deserves a new trial. On the other hand, I think Peterson is completely guilty and the new trial will lead to the same outcome.

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