News 06.11.07

National Public Radio covers Larry Peterson’s case

When NPR’s Robert Siegel started reporting on Larry Peterson’s case in April 2005, Peterson was 54 years old and awaiting his release from Trenton State Prison. Tomorrow, NPR’s All Things Considered will air the first part of a two-day special on Mr. Peterson’s exoneration and return to society. Two years in the making, “The Exoneration of Larry Peterson” is a must-listen. Check here for a link to listen live online Tuesday afternoon at 4 p.m. EDT.

As Siegel reports, freedom for Peterson does not come easy. A Burlington County prosecutor commits to retrying Peterson for the same crimes, although his case quickly falls apart when a key witness, Robert Elder, recants his testimony that Peterson bragged about the crime. Elder tells Siegel, “I feel real bad about telling a white lie.” Elder says that he made up the story about Peterson to satisfy the detectives. “I was scared,” he says. “I was like – let me give these guys what they want. I’ll make up a story or something.”


Read NPR’s press release on tomorrow’s show


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