KSL, Deseret News Interview Peterson In Story About Mentally-Ill Woman Evicted From Home

On January 25, Christopher Peterson, a Professor of Law at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law, was interviewed by reporter John Daley for a KSL Channel 5 news story.

The story concerned a lawsuit filed by 18-year-old Josie Thamert against a Midvale businessman whom she claims loaned her mentally-ill mother money to catch up on overdue mortgage payments and subsequently evicted her when she was unable to repay the loan, which resulted in the woman losing her condo and becoming homeless.

After being homeless for about two years, Josie Thamert’s mother, Jennifer Thamert, died in November of asphyxiation caused by an overdose of a muscle relaxant.

Peterson, one of two attorneys who are representing Josie Thamert on a pro bono basis, told KSL, “[This is] an example of the most harsh commercial terms being used against somebody who had a mental illness and was vulnerable.”

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The story was also recently covered in the Deseret News. To read that story, click here.