GENESEE COUNTY, Mich. (WJRT) – Attorney Nicholas Robinson says he is the only attorney in the state that has ever gone to trial on a ghost case. While he says he understands why some of these apprehensions are very public, he doesn’t agree with it.
“The goal of law enforcement should be to deter and educate people from committing a crime rather than humiliating them, because there are real- consequences to that,” said Attorney Nicholas Robinson.
Robinson is an attorney who has represented around 30 GHOST suspects and says he is the only attorney in Michigan to ever to to trial in a GHOST case.
Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday night, Genesee County Sheriff Chris Swanson and members of the GHOST team traveled to Detroit Metropolitan Airport to pick-up 22-year-old Peter Pejic.
The Florida man accused of flying to Flint and sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl was arraigned Friday on 12 felony charges.
Pejic is accused of traveling to Michigan from Florida in mid-February to have sex with a 12-year-old girl. The alleged act took place at a motel in Mount Morris Township.
When Pejic arrived, Sheriff Swanson and his team were there to get him. Cameras were rolling and the event was streamed live on the Genesee County Sheriff’s Facebook page.
Robinson said that in America, suspects are innocent until proven guilty, he says that when the arrests are so public, it can make it difficult to get an unbiased jury.
“Sometimes pre-trial publicity makes it very challenging to find a juror to sit and judge somebody fairly and impartially, and that’s what we are looking for,” said Robinson.
The attorney didn’t want to talk in terms of win-loss when it comes to the number of GHOST suspects he has successfully defended
“But I can tell you that a significant amount of my clients have done very little to no jail time on these ghost cases,” he said.
He attributes that to a number of factors, many of which date back to a suspects childhood experience. He said that 10 times out of 10 there are underlying circumstances.
“Does this person have mental health issues? Are there aggravating factors? Did they suffer abuse when they were little? Were they beat when they were little? Were they touched in the wrong way when they were little? Are we seeing a situation where the past is repeating itself?,” he said.
Pejic is charged with 12 felony counts related to this incident. He is being held in the Genesee County Jail on a $180,000 bond.