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Adrian Peterson's arraignment for child abuse gets delayed

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The Adrian Peterson child abuse saga took another turn on Wednesday after his arraignment for the charges was delayed.

New twist

The prosecution in the Peterson child abuse case have requested that the judge step down from the case because of the judge's problems with high profile cases in the past.

"Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's arraignment on a felony child abuse charge was delayed here Wednesday after the prosecution said it would file a motion to recuse the judge from hearing the matter. The motion to recuse will be heard by another judge. A hearing date of Nov. 4 was set," USA Today reported on Wednesday.

Own brand of punishment

Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson is currently suspended by his NFL team until the legal process plays through. Peterson has been charged with abusing his four-year-old son after beating him with a tree branch.

The All-Star tailback has admitted to administering his own brand of corporal punishment on his child, but he is fully expected to plead not guilty to the charges of child abuse, with Peterson arguing that he was simply partaking in what he describes as the acceptable practice of disciplining his child.

Peterson is expected to miss the rest of the NFL season, with his trial date informally scheduled for December. 1. It is understood that Peterson could potentially return to the field this season if he reaches a plea deal, but the likelihood of that remains slim at this stage.

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Desperate for trial 

Whatever happens during the trial, Peterson's attorney, Rusty Hardin, says the Vikings running back wants to proceed to trial as soon as possible.

"Look, this is a really good man that I am incredibly proud to represent," Hardin said. "This is a case about parenting decisions and whether something unfortunate happened when a parenting decision was made by a man who believes strongly and loves his children very much."

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