What a tragedy. Reality is stranger than fiction. Leave it to the Utah GOP to be
filled with all the drama one can imagine.It really is time for
major changes in GOP-dominated Utah politics.
sad for his family....happy for his victims....glad his trail began yesterday!
Why is the D-News so obsessed with bringing politics into this tragic story.
The fact that some powerful politicians attended political events at his cabin
is irrevelent to his alleged criminal behavior. It appears the D-News is
implying guilt by association. I don't believe Petersen was capable of
feeling remorse or accepting the consequences of his criminal behavior.
We all make this world a better place. Some because we came, and some because
we left earlier than expected.
"But he made bail and he was out there," Gill said. "Making bail is
a constitutional right."Is it? There is a constitutional
provision against "excessive bail" but it is also constitutional to
impose "preventive detention" when there is a risk of flight or if
release of the prosioner poses a threat to the community."Peterson did have multiple weapons inside his cabin. It was unknown
Tuesday whether he had any weapons restrictions as a condition for his
bail.""A decision to uphold Peterson's $2 million bail
was recently made by 3rd District Judge Katherine Bernards-Goodman after she
noted additional information about Peterson revealed during his preliminary
hearing that concerned her..."It seems these statements would
make it justifiable to remand the prisoner rather than release him.An accused rapist with significant financial assets and political connections
with the highest ranking elected officials in the state is now dead of an
apparent suicide. Hopefully this case will continue to receive the scrutiny it
Actually the official claiming that no good can be said of this is just being
politically correct. Some good can be said of this. The guy saved the victims
the pain of having to relive their experiences and the expense of long drawn out
legal hearings. Victims also no longer need to worry that this guy will ever
attempt to exact revenge or harm them again. Obviously there are
those that will disagree whether the punishment fits the crime, but since it is
self-inflicted, the only injustice done was by the one who denied mercy to
himself and his victims.
Scientist, I think this has far less to do with politics than human foibles that
have nothing to do with party affiliations. In fact, what you are trying to do
is open a can of worms in a totally inappropriate setting.
@ A ScientistReally?? You're going to go political in this
tragedy. Evil can take many forms...and cloak itself in different clothing.
Several women and their families have had their lives destroyed by disgusting
acts by this individual, and all you take away from it is "it really is time
for major changes in GOP-dominated Utah politics." That's a sad
Re: A Scientist Provo, UT"It really is time for major changes in
GOP-dominated Utah politics."Trying to link the man's evil
behavior with any political group destroys the commenter's credibility. To
suggest that either the GOP (or DNC) condoned this suspect's criminal
behavior is so very juvenile.
A scientist.Every day you wake up, know this, your in Utah. If ou truly
feel the way you explained, head for Geramy.
This is sad when the District Attorney let a high profile case of a Republican
lobbyist potentially become more political allowing the individual to post bail
after the individual's preliminary hearing when the judge had concerns
about this individual. The Sheriff's office knew about the weapons and the
accused was definitely unstable having multiple charges of the same act with
different women. He was able to bring in many people to his cabin
for his own purposes and his balloon burst when these ladies brought charges
against him in his world of potential deceit.We have had a similar
case with the Powell family with a broken system that should have highlighted
certain aspects of an accused person. There is no justice for the people that
are involved that are trying to keep their lives intact as much as they can.
And democrats are all saint and pure of heart.... give me a break...There are bad apples everywhere no matter what. Let's say he decided to
bring his case to the Highest Judge of all. I am sure the Lord will judge him in
a perfect way. I can't judge him because it's not my call and not
worth my time. However, I feel sorry for his mother who I read was very upset.
As a mother, I wouldn't want to be in her shoes.I do have a
question: the bond money... can the bond people get a refund of what they paid?
This should save a lengthy and messy trial and taxpayers a great deal of money.
(I can see why that upsets attorneys working the case.)
He was a coward that took the coward's way out of a situation that he
created. My thoughts and prayers are with the ladies that he likely
abused. I hope they get the help they need.
Re: "It really is time for major changes in GOP-dominated Utah
politics."I agree -- when you see things like this, it looks WAY
too much like Democrat-dominated politics.
To all you GOP defenders....Greg Peterson built his entire persona
to rape these women around being a "Powerful GOP Politician", and used
his access to the GOP politicians to get what he wanted.Don't
blame the Deseret News for reporting the facts.Sorry it makes the
GOP look bad.If have an issue about it, take it up with the deceased - not
Heartfelt prayers for the female victims.As for the posts attacking
Utah values, and the Utah political climate... Democrats have their own troubles
of their own (Clinton, Edwards).The difference... It appears that
the Utah political machine will prosecute guys accused, whereas the DNC just
gave Clinton a rousing standing-o at their convention.Yeah, I will
stick with Utah values. You can keep your (Clinton, Edwards)
Democrat-Party values. Democrats demonize and objectify women. Case in point:
Bill Clinton's rousing, chanting standing-ovation at the recent DNC. A good day for Democrats, and Democrat values. That was a sad day for
women.Me? I will stick to Utah values. Democrat values, the values
praised by those who give hero-worship to Bill Clinton (and John Edwards) have
absolutely no place in civilized society.
When I lived in Illinois for 9 years there were plenty of Democrats that fell
into this type of embarrassing situations for them. You sort of
expect that type of thing in Illinois. How many of their state and federal
officers have gone to prison? Plenty just in the past 20 years, alone. Utahns, especially politicians, should be as cautious here, even with
people who are of the same faith can take one down the path, either politically,
financially, spiritually and even temporally, physically, emotionally, and
psychologically, if you don't keep your brain open.Honesty has
to do with not deceiving. Integrity is a balance of all truth. Remember,
plenty of government, state, local and federal, have integrity in their mission
and operational statements but don't live by that principle. They do that,
potentially to deceive and not to make a statement of how they live.We live in a world where plenty of people try to spin in a way that will make
them look good to others. Inside their own body, they may not even look good to
themselves.Misery loves company and our prisons are full of people
that enjoy each other's company, alone.
I believe the District Attorney is Democrat and he was involved in that process,
so it is not just the accused. It did make it easier for the DA's office
not to have to proceed with the case but their system is sort of broken. This
is a Chicago type of event but not normal for Utah. The justice
system was robbed but to put these alleged victims on the stand would have also
been a hard thing to do and Mr. Peterson is now gone but his actions will live
for some, forever. That video of all those candidates at his cabin
also is in my mind. Lobbyists are not always pure in what their intent is, even
though it may appear good.In Primary Elections, especially in Utah,
there is so much to be cautious about. When it comes to the General Election,
people have usually been vetted by their opponents during the Primary and
General process.What is the intent of the person leading candidates
to think of themselves as indestructable? Greed and power come to mind. In Illinois, they have had more experience than we have here.Caution should be used in all life aspects.
I am and have always been a registered Republican.You were saying?
Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT"To all you GOP defenders.... "Latest RCP electoral count poll:Romney 206, Obama 201
My compassion is for the women victims in this story. I hope they get closure
somehow from this, and trauma help from social and church services. As a
Democrat, I take no pleasure in the fact that this happened to an up and coming
GOP fundraiser or activist. If the story were from a very blue state; such as
Washington, it could read the same except for the political party. Given that
Utah is so overwhelmingly Republican, it stands to reason that most of the
individuals ever reported on in the state for good or bad, will be GOP
He was a very passionate man. If only he could have been helped.
JWB - Thank you for reminding me of what it's like to live in Utah.
Re: RiflemanThe only thing sadder than Romney losing is seeing
people pretend like he has a chance. Nice try. You can't just magically
make him win by typing numbers.
Re: RiflemanGood old RCP's manipulated count also shows 142
solid electoral votes for Obama and only 76 solid for Romney. That's called
"The criminal cases against Peterson will now be dropped." Gee, really?
We're not going to put a dead man on trial, or leave any of his warrants
outstanding? Way to state the obvious D-News. @The Scientist - I
think it's unfair to imply that only the GOP has crazy people in it. The
only reason we know this guy's party affiliation is because he's so
well know within the party. I'm sure there are plenty of other criminals
that are democrats whose party affiliation is never revealed in news stories
simply because they aren't as well known.
Gee, I wonder if...Sens. Orrin Hatch and Mike Lee, Rep. Jason
Chaffetz, Gov. Gary Herbert and 4th District congressional candidate
Mia Love, be attending his funeral?
Ummmm...no tears shed here....
I knew Greg well - worked for him at Satcom during BYU days and was in his ward
for a time. I have also kept in touch with him over the years. Greg could be an
absolute freak-show but he was also smart, charismatic and funny. I have no
idea if the accusations are true - my instincts tell me they probably were but I
guess we'll never hear his side of the story now. I knew Greg well enough
to know that he was not pure evil. I pray that Greg feels remorse and repentant
for his actions and that Christ is merciful with him as I hope that Christ is
with me one day. RIP Greg Peterson.
I have to think about the victims of this monster. They really deserved to see
him in prison for life but he took the cheap way out. For a man to take his own
life he has to be consumed by guilt , fear, etc.. There is nothing good about
this entire sad situation.
Re: LDS Liberal Farmington, UT"Gee, I wonder if..."What the men you list all have in common is a sorrow that this man made
decisions that led to his everlasting destruction. Certainly it is nothing a
decent human being would celebrate.
I admire the women who came forward to tell the truth about Peterson's
abuse. If it were the word of one woman against one man, the truth might be
murky. For example, in the Duke Lacrosse case there was one woman and one woman
only who accused the team members of rape, and she was ultimately proven to have
been a pathological liar. But in this case there was a clear pattern of
coercion on Peterson's part. Moreover, it's plain that he thought
(somehow) that he could get away with date rape on a repeated basis. I don't think that it's fundamentally a story about politics, even
though Peterson was politically prominent. For all I know, Peterson could have
viewed Bill Clinton as a role model -- after all, Clinton pretty much escaped
punishment for his rape of Juanita Broderick, his assault on Kathleen Willey,
his trashing of Paula Jones and his corruption of Monica Lewinsky. It's a
story about sin and the wages of sin.