A South Dakota native with a long legal career, Peters said he had an idea that might help free Daniel Gross through filing a longshot habeas corpus petition with Superior Court. The idea, Peters told me, was to get Gross in front a real judge.
The brash move resulted in Judge Joseph Gormley ordering Gross freed after living nearly a year in court-imposed imprisonment in a nursing home.
"A terrible miscarriage of justice has happened here,'' Gormley told the courtroom. Without Peters, Dan Gross might never have emerged from the nursing home where he was held against his will.
Peters' son said that his father died Tuesday of heart failure. He was 77.
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John Peters, probate reformer, dies at 77