Saturday, November 26, 2011

Jon Cornbleet on the Peterson Verdict

By Kevin Guilfoile

Justice has been a long time coming for members of Chicago's Cornbleet family. It's been five years since Hans Peterson drove here from New York and brutally tortured and murdered their dermatologist father in his Michigan Avenue office.

After a year-long manhunt and an even longer extradition battle, Hans Peterson was convicted this week by a French court in Guadalupe and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole for 22 years. It's the maximum penalty allowed under French law.

Yesterday, Dr. Cornbleet's son, Jon, spoke to reporters about the verdict



Incredibly, even though this was a huge story in Chicago in 2006 and 2007, and received national attention on shows like Dateline NBC and Inside Edition, not a single English language print media outlet has reported this week's trial and verdict (I'm not aware of TV coverage either, but it's possible I could have missed it). An exception was Whet Moser's thoughtful and personal piece on the trial for Chicago magazine's web site.

The Chicago Tribune does have a story today about an Australian who was sentenced to two months detention in Indonesia for marijuana possession, but nothing about the conviction on the same day of an American who stabbed a Chicago doctor more than two dozen times just a few blocks from Tribune Tower.

(For more background on this story look at this and here, or you can really go in-depth with this excellent Chicago Mag article from 2007.)

UPDATE: Here's a television report (in French) that includes scenes of the courtroom and a comment from Peterson's mother:



UPDATE 2 Jon Cornbleet will be addressing the Chicago media Tuesday (11/29) morning. I assume we'll finally see local coverage of this story Tuesday night and Wednesday.

35 comments:

barbara d'amato said...

Kevin--has Peterson said anything in the time since the murder about what he was thinking or whether he realizes he committed a horrible crime?

Kevin Guilfoile said...

Hi Barb,

I believe he might have testified at the trial. I'm a little sketchy about those details, and hopefully soon I'll talk to someone who knows more about it than I do. My understanding is that he confessed and agreed he should do prison time, but believed Dr. Cornbleet deserved some culpability for prescribing the drug, and that fact should be considered a mitigating circumstance in his sentence (an argument that was rejected by the court).

Again, I'm not 100% sure on these details, but that was the gist of his defense. How much of this was expressed by him, I'm not at all sure.

As for what he was thinking, I'm told he did some boasting about the murder to a friend after the fact. Eventually this was one of the things that led to him being identified as the killer.

Eight months after the murder he posted this (in an Accutane web forum) about the company who manufactured Accutane and the doctors who prescribed it:

"If you seek real justice, it will not come through the legal system -- they know this, that's why they continue to deceive and play ignorant. It is the financially rational thing to do..."

How much remorse he feels after four years in an island prison, I have no idea.

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Steve R Hampton said...

I've kind of followed the story since first seeing it on Dateline's initial airing. I'm writing this of course afer the massacre out here in Aurora CO- and after the other senseless massacre in WI. I only wonder what the publicity would have been like if the weapon had been a fun, unread of the torture tools Hans chose?

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I'm sorry, I didn't write this in the first reply.....Great job in follow up, follow through, and follow back reporting. ^5, keep up the good work, I'll be following for further reports of any and all subjects. I'm originally from back there and miss Chicago terribly!!

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Peterson concealed his face and fingerprints...left the country...sounded like he knew what he was doing...but apparently wants to blame his problems on something else. Mental illness? I think not. Just pathetic. Own up to to your actions Peterson.

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