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Title: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on July 06, 2012, 08:13:33 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/scott-peterson-files-lengthy-brief-appealing-guilty-verdict-death-sentence-for-lacis-murder/2012/07/06/gJQAxWf2QW_story.html
Scott Peterson files lengthy brief appealing guilty verdict, death sentence for Laci’s murder
July 6, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight years after he was sentenced to death for the murders of his wife and unborn son, Scott Peterson has filed an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court.

Death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner filed the 423-page document Thursday.
Peterson has always maintained his innocence and his appeal to the Supreme Court is no different. Gardner claims that the overwhelming publicity Peterson’s trial received, incorrect evidentiary rulings and other mistakes deprived him of a fair trial. Peterson was convicted in 2004 after a trial that his attorney argues surpassed the O.J. Simpson murder trial in terms of publicity.
 ::snipping2::
The thick legal brief delves into numerous other issues alleging incorrect rulings, juror misconduct and other errors.

All death penalty cases are appealed to the California Supreme Court, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of cases. There are 725 inmates on Death Row and no prisoner has been executed in California since January 2006. Lawsuits in federal and state courts have temporarily halted executions.

The appeal is expected to take months, if not years, to be resolved.



Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Sister on July 06, 2012, 10:30:33 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/scott-peterson-files-lengthy-brief-appealing-guilty-verdict-death-sentence-for-lacis-murder/2012/07/06/gJQAxWf2QW_story.html
Scott Peterson files lengthy brief appealing guilty verdict, death sentence for Laci’s murder
July 6, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO — Eight years after he was sentenced to death for the murders of his wife and unborn son, Scott Peterson has filed an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court.

Death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner filed the 423-page document Thursday.
Peterson has always maintained his innocence and his appeal to the Supreme Court is no different. Gardner claims that the overwhelming publicity Peterson’s trial received, incorrect evidentiary rulings and other mistakes deprived him of a fair trial. Peterson was convicted in 2004 after a trial that his attorney argues surpassed the O.J. Simpson murder trial in terms of publicity.
 ::snipping2::
The thick legal brief delves into numerous other issues alleging incorrect rulings, juror misconduct and other errors.

All death penalty cases are appealed to the California Supreme Court, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of cases. There are 725 inmates on Death Row and no prisoner has been executed in California since January 2006. Lawsuits in federal and state courts have temporarily halted executions.

The appeal is expected to take months, if not years, to be resolved.

I followe4d this case fairly closely, and there may be grounds for a new trial, but I don't see the outcome being any different.  JMO
Frankly, I hope it takes decades and decades for his appeal to be heard.


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on July 06, 2012, 01:37:48 PM
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/06/timeline-scott-peterson-case/
Timeline: The Scott Peterson case
July 6, 2012

Slide show with 13 images at link.


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: grace-land on July 06, 2012, 09:12:54 PM
Klaas or one of our Magnificent Mods

I have an update for Scott Peterson (Laci Peterson), and I can't find a place to post it. TIA.  ::MonkeyKiss::

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/07/scott-peterson-appeals-death-conviction-in-killing-of-wife-unborn-child.html

Scott Peterson appeal says verdict tainted by publicity, bias
July 6, 2012 |  3:01pm

I  debated where to start a thread on the subject earlier today, and ended up making a thread in "News of the Day".  I'll move your post on over there.  MB ::bee::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Toler on July 07, 2012, 12:22:18 AM
Notorious death row killer appeals death sentence, claiming his innocence, eight years after conviction
July 6 '12

A death row inmate, convicted of killing his wife and unborn son, is appealing his death sentence, maintaining his claim of innocence.

Scott Peterson filed the automatic appeal of his 2004 death sentence to the California Supreme Court on Thursday, saying, as he always has, that he had nothing to do with the murders of Laci, his wife, and Conner, the child she was carrying.

Peterson's attorney, noted death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner, filed the 423-page document eight years after a San Mateo County jury found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of suffocating Laci and dumping her in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002.  ::snipping2::  


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2169860/Scott-Peterson-Notorious-death-row-killer-appeals-death-sentence.html#ixzz1zuHw0j9N

There's already a thread started on this subject in "News of the Day".  I'll merge your post with it over there, and check with Klaas to see if she thinks it's the best place for the thread, since there are a couple of places it could be filed under.  MB


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: grace-land on July 09, 2012, 11:53:32 PM
http://www.radaronline.com/exclusives/2012/07/scott-peterson-death-row-prison-san-quentin

Inside Scott Peterson's Life On San Quentin's Death Row
Posted on Jul 09, 2012 @ 02:00PM   

 ::snipping2::
The appeal process could take months or years due to a backlog of death penalty cases, meanwhile one of America's most hated men has the privilege of spending five hours a day outside of his cell doing recreational activities such as playing basketball, jogging, walking or board games, reported FoxNews.com.

According to prison spokesman Samuel Robinson, all prisoners are allowed six cubic feet of personal property. "This can include legal documents, photos, letters, and items that they are allowed to purchase at the canteen (hygiene and allowable food items)," he said.

PHOTOS: Inside The Accused Honeymoon Killer’s 11 Day Marriage, See Their Wedding Photos

As with other inmates "on condemned status" (death row), he lives in a single cell and the former fertilizer salesman has not had a job assignment since he moved to San Quentin.

Peterson -- who has always maintained his innocence -- appears to get on well with his fellow prisoners and staff and has not gotten in any angry interactions with them or altercations, revealed Robinson, explaining that he has the opportunity to socialize with 34 other people also awaiting the death penalty during his recreational time.

The dark-haired killer had such a strong female following during the early years of his sentence that he was nicknamed "Scotty Too Hotty," but the prison representative said the flood of fan mail has slowed down and he is not getting as many letters "as he initially received."

PHOTOS: See The Wedding Photos Of The Accused Honeymoon Killer

Located in Marin County in northern California, San Quentin's death row has been described as "the largest in the Western Hemisphere," and "the most populous execution antechamber in the United States." Records from December 2008 show that there were 637 male inmates in its Condemned Unit.

All death penalty cases are appealed to the California Supreme Court, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of cases, according to the AP. There are 725 inmates on death row and no prisoner has been executed in California since January 2006. Lawsuits in federal and state courts have temporarily halted executions.


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on July 10, 2012, 08:43:24 AM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1207/09/ijvm.01.html
Violence Erupts in Court Outside Double Murder Trial; Fathers Fight at Little League Game
Aired July 9, 2012 - 19:00   ET
THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

 ::snipping2::
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Convicted killer Scott Peterson, he`s appealing his death sentence.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He was convicted eight years ago and sentenced to death for murdering his pregnant wife Laci and dumping her body into the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve.

SCOTT PETERSON, FOUND GUILTY OF WIFE`S DEATH: I had nothing to do with her disappearance, but people still accuse me of it.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Obviously we plan on pursuing every and all appeals.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We the jury in the above entitled cause fix the penalty at death.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The court could look at this and say, you know something; he was deprived of a fair trial. There`s at least a possibility of a new trial.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: One of the nation`s most notorious convicted killers wants to get off death row, and right away, apparently. Will Scott Peterson`s brand new appeal get him a new trial? Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife Laci and then dumping the body into San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002. He was found guilty. He was sentenced to death. Listen to this.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Has the jury arrived at a verdict with respect to the penalty phase in this case?

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have, your honor.

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Read the verdict.

UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: People of the state of California versus Scott Peterson. We the jury in the above entitled cause fix the penalty at death, dated December 13, 2004.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: But now Peterson says that death sentence should be overturned. He says the jurors were unfairly influenced by a mob of more than a thousand people waiting outside the courthouse who cheered the jurors after they found him guilty. We have footage of that cheer. Decide for yourself.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

(CROWD CHEERING AFTER SCOTT PETERSON VERDICT)

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: And we are just absolutely delighted to have a Scott Peterson juror on the phone with us. You`ve written a new book called "We the Jury", Mike Belmessieri. And I hope I said your name right. What is your reaction to Scott Peterson wanting a new trial because you were cheered and the other jurors were cheered after convicting him?

MIKE BELMESSIERI, AUTHOR, "WE THE JURY": Yes, I`ll tell you, first of all, when people cheer that day, we all were pretty upset about hearing it because we didn`t see anything that was there to cheer about. But this nonsense about the jury being influenced by the media is absolutely, completely and beyond a shadow of a doubt absurd.

There`s no way we would have sent an innocent man to San Quentin, especially the death chamber. I mean, how crazy? I mean this guy lost his family. What greater injustice could be done if we were to convict an innocent man of that crime? That`s absurd.

And the very idea -- the very idea that anybody would think that that happened is just -- to me, it just really upsets me.

(COMMERCIAL BREAK)
 ::snipping2::
BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)

AMBER FREY, SCOTT PETERSON`S EX-GIRLFRIEND: When I discovered he was involved in the Laci Peterson disappearance case, I immediately contacted the Modesto Police Department.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

VELEZ-MITCHELL: That`s Amber Frey, Scott Peterson`s ex-girlfriend. Gloria Allred, you represented her. She had no idea he was married. What do you say to this idea that there`s no evidence against him.

GLORIA ALLRED, VICTIMS` RIGHTS ATTORNEY: Well, obviously, the jury decided that in fact there was evidence beyond a reasonable doubt sufficient to convict him and in addition to recommend a death penalty.

VELEZ-MITCHELL: Yes, but I mean -- agreed. He lied to her. He told her that he was a widower even before his wife went missing. Didn`t he say that he was in Paris to Amber Frey when he was actually at a vigil for his missing wife?

ALLRED: And that was so shocking -- you`re absolutely right, Jane. And Amber Frey my client, who didn`t know that he was married to Laci and was dating him, she was very brave and she (inaudible) recorded telephone calls that Scott Peterson made to her at the vigil and at other times. She did so at the request of the police and she put her own life at risk as a result.
 ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Dihannah1 on July 11, 2012, 04:01:57 PM
Another obvious case of guilt.  I say we dump him and Casey in jail with Joran in the pits of Peru prison, in the worst case scenario, throw away the key and forget they ever existed!  They can fight over each other's ego's.  Drew Peterson belongs with them as well!


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on July 19, 2012, 07:27:24 PM
http://www.news10.net/news/local/article/201360/2/Death-penalty-ruling-could-affect-future-cases
Calif. death-penalty ruling could affect Scott Peterson case
July 17, 2012



Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on July 19, 2012, 07:29:00 PM
http://www.sfgate.com/crime/article/Peterson-appeal-may-be-helped-by-ruling-3718197.php
Peterson appeal may be helped by ruling
July 18, 2012

Scott Peterson's prospects for overturning his death sentence may have improved this week.

Peterson, convicted of the Christmas Eve 2002 murders of his wife, Laci, and their 8-month-old fetus, filed his appeal July 5 with the state Supreme Court. One issue his lawyer raised was the trial judge's dismissals of 13 prospective jurors who said in pretrial questionnaires that they opposed the death penalty but might be able to vote for a death verdict in a proper case.

Those dismissals, defense attorney Cliff Gardner argued, violated Peterson's right to an impartial jury, a delicate issue in capital cases. The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that jurors who oppose the death penalty in all cases can be excluded, but those who say they can put their personal views aside may be seated.

The state's high court, which automatically reviews all death sentences in California, shed new light on that issue Monday when it unanimously reversed the death sentence of John Riccardi of Los Angeles.
More...


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Sister on July 20, 2012, 08:34:47 AM
Another obvious case of guilt.  I say we dump him and Casey in jail with Joran in the pits of Peru prison, in the worst case scenario, throw away the key and forget they ever existed!  They can fight over each other's ego's.  Drew Peterson belongs with them as well!

ITA


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on September 18, 2012, 10:40:23 AM
http://usnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2012/09/12/13833486-glimpses-of-scott-petersons-life-on-death-row-revealed-by-reporter
Glimpses of Scott Peterson's life on death row revealed by reporter
September 12, 2012

A reporter who gained access to the nation's largest death row in California inadvertently discovered that she had captured pictures of Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murder more than seven years ago.
 ::snipping2::

Video at Link


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: grace-land on September 23, 2012, 06:25:28 PM
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20632159,00.html

Scott Peterson's Life on Death Row: The Inside Story
09/23/2012 at 09:05 AM EDT

Joking with others, shooting hoops and scoring baskets – to look at Scott Peterson, one would hardly imagine he's incarcerated on San Quentin's Death Row.
 
And yet, that is how journalist Nancy Mullane found the former fertilizer salesman when she visited the California state penitentiary where Peterson is confined to a solitary 7-by-9-ft. cell for the Christmas Eve 2002 killings of his wife Laci and their unborn son, and then dumping their remains into San Francisco Bay.
 
"He didn’t look depressed. He looked like someone you'd see on the street playing basketball. He had his shirt off and his boxer shorts up," says Mullane, who was given an unprecedented level of media access to the prison for her book about the rehabilitation of condemned killers, Life After Murder: Five Men In Search of Redemption. "He wasn't ripped, but he looked healthy."

She says Peterson, who turns 40 next month, may have put on a couple of pounds but didn't look much different from when he was sentenced in 2005. As for his basketball game, which had the inmate's complete interest, "He was playing a pretty hard game," says Mullane. "There was a lot of jumping around and making baskets" as guards armed with rifles watched from nearby.
 
After the game, she says, Peterson returned to his cell wearing a baseball cap and sunglasses. A few minutes later, Mullane saw him walking to the shower in flip-flops and shorts. Mullane also noted that Peterson was one of the youngest men in his cellblock.
 ::snipping2::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Nut44x4 on October 14, 2012, 05:55:03 PM
Another obvious case of guilt.  I say we dump him and Casey in jail with Joran in the pits of Peru prison, in the worst case scenario, throw away the key and forget they ever existed!  They can fight over each other's ego's.  Drew Peterson belongs with them as well!

ITA

 ::rhino::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on December 04, 2012, 12:19:22 PM
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/1211/09/ng.01.html

NANCY GRACE

The Laci Peterson Case

Aired November 9, 2012 - 20:00   ET

Transcript also at:
 http://scaredmonkeys.net/index.php?topic=13316.msg1547629#msg1547629


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on December 24, 2012, 10:29:11 AM
Rest in peace, Laci and Baby Conor.  ::MonkeyAngel::   ::MonkeyAngel::   

http://www.cnn.com/2012/12/23/justice/peterson-10-years-later/index.html
For Laci Peterson's mom, the holidays mark a time of sorrow
December 23, 2012

(CNN) -- Ten years ago, Sharon Rocha was expecting her pregnant daughter, Laci Peterson, at dinner on Christmas Eve. Instead, she received a call that Laci was missing.
Teams of police and community members scoured the woods and fields near Modesto, California, that night, again on Christmas Day, and for weeks afterward, but there was no sign of her. Four months later, her body washed ashore 90 miles away in the San Francisco Bay. She was 27.
But it is Christmas, not springtime, that stirs a deep sadness in Laci Peterson's mother.
Every Christmas season brings a reminder that Laci's life and her unborn son's were taken during what should have been a time of joy and anticipation.
 ::snipping2::
Prosecutors posited this theory at his trial: Peterson, who was having an extramarital affair with a massage therapist, smothered or strangled Laci in the bedroom of their Modesto home on December 23 or 24, 2002. He then dumped her body in the San Francisco Bay during a Christmas Eve fishing trip.
But there was little forensic evidence, and Peterson maintains his innocence to this day.
The former fertilizer salesman, who was married to Laci for five years, was convicted of murdering Laci and Conner. He was sentenced to death, which appears to be years away. Hundreds of people gathered outside the courthouse and cheered the jury's decision.
Rocha doesn't follow the news about Peterson. But she knew something happened in his case last summer because of all the voice mail messages she received. Peterson's attorneys had just filed his appeal and the media wanted her reaction. She read no further than the first page of the court filing, which asks for a new trial.
Rocha sold the home she lived in when Laci disappeared, but she still lives in Modesto. Laci and Scott's house on Modesto's Covena Avenue is for sale again, listed at less than half the 2005 purchase price of $390,000.


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on December 30, 2012, 11:25:46 AM
FWIW:

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/evil-scott-peterson-torments-dying-mom
EVIL SCOTT PETERSON TORMENTS DYING MOM
December 27, 2012



Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: KittyMom on January 01, 2013, 08:35:43 PM
FWIW:

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/evil-scott-peterson-torments-dying-mom
EVIL SCOTT PETERSON TORMENTS DYING MOM
December 27, 2012


Sry, but I've got no sympathy for Jackie.  And Scooter will never be suicidal.  He loves himself too much.


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on January 01, 2013, 09:38:36 PM
FWIW:

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/evil-scott-peterson-torments-dying-mom
EVIL SCOTT PETERSON TORMENTS DYING MOM
December 27, 2012


Sry, but I've got no sympathy for Jackie.  And Scooter will never be suicidal.  He loves himself too much.

Me either. 


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Sister on January 02, 2013, 05:07:55 PM
FWIW:

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/evil-scott-peterson-torments-dying-mom
EVIL SCOTT PETERSON TORMENTS DYING MOM
December 27, 2012


Sry, but I've got no sympathy for Jackie.  And Scooter will never be suicidal.  He loves himself too much.

Me either. 
::rhino::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: texasmom on January 03, 2013, 01:26:11 PM
FWIW:

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/true-crime/evil-scott-peterson-torments-dying-mom
EVIL SCOTT PETERSON TORMENTS DYING MOM
December 27, 2012


Sry, but I've got no sympathy for Jackie.  And Scooter will never be suicidal.  He loves himself too much.

Me either. 
::rhino::

 ::rhino:: ::rhino::


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Toler on October 18, 2013, 12:45:56 PM
Mother of notorious death row killer Scott Petersen 'dies from cancer while still maintaining her son's innocence'

 Family sources say Jackie Petersen, 70, died earlier this month
 She did not get to visit her son, who is on the condemned wing in San Quentin, before her death
 Scott Peterson was convicted in 2004 of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son Conner on Christmas Eve 2002

 He is in the process of appealing his death sentence
10/18/13
The mother of death row killer Scott Peterson has died still believing her son is innocent after she lost her battle with cancer, a family source has revealed.

 
Jackie Peterson, whose son is on the condemned wing in San Quentin, California, died aged 70 earlier this month, sources close to the family have said.

 
She stood by her son during his trial and maintained that he was wrongfully convicted for the coldblooded murder of his pregnant 27-year-old wife Laci and their unborn son Conner on Christmas Eve 2002.
 
Jackie was known to have breathing difficulty and was seen with an oxygen mask for much of her son's hearing.
 
Her husband, Scott’s father Lee, recently brought her home from hospital so he could care for her in her dying days, the source said.
 
A source close to the family told RadarOnline: 'Jackie’s death has not been announced publicly. The family does not want the notoriety that will come with it.'

Peterson, 40, pleaded not guilty to the murders and has never revealed what happened before he dumped Laci’s body in San Francisco Bay.


It’s understood Jackie was not able to visit her son behind bars before her death.
 
The news comes as Scott Petersen is in the process of appealing his sentence
 
He filed the automatic appeal of his 2004 death sentence to the California Supreme Court maintainingthat he had nothing to do with the murders.  ::snipping3:: 


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465771/Mother-notorious-death-row-killer-Scott-Petersen-dies-cancer-believing-sons-innocence.html#ixzz2i5qN5iXb
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Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on October 29, 2013, 03:39:07 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/15/us/scott-peterson-trial-fast-facts/
Scott Peterson Trial Fast Facts
By CNN Library
updated 11:38 AM EDT, Tue October 15, 2013

(CNN) -- Here is some background information about the Scott Peterson trial. He was convicted in November 2004 of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner, in 2002.Prosecutors alleged that Scott's motive for the two murders was to escape married life and upcoming fatherhood. Scott Peterson is on death row at San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco.

Timeline:

December 24, 2002 - Laci Peterson is initially reported missing from their home in Modesto, California.

January 24, 2003
- Amber Frey, a Fresno massage therapist, comes forward at a police news conference and says she was having an affair with Scott. She says the affair began Nov. 20, after Scott told her he was a single man.

April 18, 2003 - The California Attorney General, Bill Lockyer, confirms bodies found on April 14 on the San Francisco Bay area shore are those of Laci Peterson and her baby.

April 18, 2003
- Scott Peterson is arrested in San Diego, pending capital murder/double homicide charges, and is held without bail.

April 21, 2003
- Arraignment in Stanislaus County Superior Court before Judge Nancy Ashley. Scott Peterson is charged with 2 felony counts of murder with premeditation and special circumstances. Peterson pleads not guilty.
- Under California law, the special circumstance allows the prosecution to seek the death penalty. There are 2 counts because of California's fetal homicide statute, any fetus-meaning eight weeks of development and onward-is considered an equal victim.

May 2, 2003
- Mark Geragos becomes Peterson's attorney.

June 12, 2003
- A gag order is placed on participants, saying the restrictions were necessary to preserve Peterson's right to a fair trial amid "massive" publicity.

August 18, 2003
- Judge Al Girolami rules that news cameras will not be allowed in the courtroom at the preliminary hearing.

September 26, 2003
- Laci Peterson's family files a civil lawsuit against Scott in Stanislaus County Superior Court to prevent him from receiving money for selling his story.

October 29, 2003
- Preliminary hearing - DNA and forensics evidence is presented.

December 3, 2003
- Scott Peterson pleads not guilty at his formal arraignment.

December 19, 2003 - Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha sues Scott Peterson for over $5 million for the deaths of her daughter and unborn grandson. As the executor of Laci's estate, she files two separate lawsuits in the Stanislaus County Superior Court, a wrongful death action and a survival action.

January 20, 2004 - The trial is moved to San Mateo County.

February 2, 2004
- Judge Alfred Delucchi bars cameras from the San Mateo County courtroom for the entire trial.

March 4, 2004 - Jury selection begins.

May 27, 2004 - The six-man, six-woman jury is seated in the case. There are also six alternates.

June 1, 2004
- Trial begins.
More...


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on May 12, 2015, 09:17:56 PM
http://wn.ktvu.com/story/28535527/jurors-talk-about-scott-peterson-trial-a-decade-after-death-sentence
Jurors talk about Scott Peterson trial a decade after death sentence
March 16, 2015

As Monday marked the 10 year anniversary of when Scott Peterson was sentenced to die for killing his 27-year-old pregnant wife Laci, KTVU spoke with two of the jurors on the trial about the decision they made a decade ago.

Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant with their unborn son when she died. Some say Peterson's case is an example of the slow pace of justice in the United States.

Behind the walls of San Quentin Prison's original death row are the state's most notorious inmates. Scott Peterson has lived there now for 10 years.

Prison officials said the 42-year-old's life is pretty monotonous. Every day he walks the yard on the roof. These days he doesn't get much mail.

“I hope he's having a miserable time,” said former juror in the Peterson trial Mike Belmessieri. “I hope he's suffering much as I'm sure his wife did.”

Back in 2004, Belmessieri and John Guinnaso spent nearly six months at the Hall of Justice in Redwood City as jurors for Peterson's trial.

“It was unbelievable as far as looking at him in the courtroom versus the facts in the case,” said Guinnaso. “By physical looks he didn't look like the type of individual that could carry out murder.”

The grim murder case captivated the nation. Captured in photos, a beaming Laci Peterson was pregnant with a baby to be named Conner.

She vanished right before Christmas 2002. Months later, the 27-year-old's body and remains of a fetus were found on the shoreline of the San Francisco Bay.

Her husband Scott Peterson was the main suspect after reports of infidelity surfaced. Jurors ultimately saw him as a young man who wanted to be free of a wife and child.

“I believe that had Laci not been pregnant she'd still be alive today,” said Belmessieri.

After months of emotional testimony and weeks of deliberations, the jury found Scott Peterson guilty. The judge then agreed with the jury's recommendation that Peterson be put to death by lethal injection.

State law does not allow news organizations to request on camera interviews with prisoners. According to Peterson's automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court filed two years ago, he maintains he's innocent as he did when KTVU interviewed him in 2003.

“I had absolutely nothing to do with her disappearance,” said Peterson in 2003.

A decade on death row, the State Attorney General's Office just filed its response to Peterson's appeal in January. It took Peterson eight years to file that appeal.

“I think one of the things it tells us is that these cases are slow to come to justice,” said Santa Clara University Law Professor Ellen Kreitzberg.

Kreitzberg studies death penalty cases. She said these cases normally take years since there are not enough qualified and competent lawyers in California to handle them and the state simply doesn't pay enough.
 ::snipping3::
Last July, a federal judge ruled California's death penalty procedure is systematically flawed and therefore unconstitutional.

Kreitzberg estimates Peterson will likely sit on death row for at least another 15 years as his appeals go through the state and federal levels.

“I'm a little frustrated because we made the decision and it hasn't been followed through yet,” said Guinnaso.

“I think we have to take a look at how our system is built and reconstruct it to where it's a little more efficient than what it is,” said Belmessieri.

As these jurors wait, they live with no regrets on handing down the ultimate penalty.

“No I don't have a second thought at all,” said Belmessieri. “Every juror on that jury to this day will stand up and tell you we did the right thing."

While it will be closure for them when and if Scott Peterson is executed, they realize it will never be for Laci Peterson's family.

“They lost their daughter forever,” said Guinnaso. “I'm sure they will want to be present when it happens but it will not bring their daughter back or their grandson back. They are going to have that heartache for the rest of their lives as long as they are here on this earth.”

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Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Sister on May 13, 2015, 10:13:13 AM
Thanks for that update Muffy   ::bee::

I hope he falls off the roof, but alas, it is fenced in.



Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: MuffyBee on May 13, 2015, 10:19:04 AM
Thanks for that update Muffy   ::bee::

I hope he falls off the roof, but alas, it is fenced in.



You're welcome sister. I'm relieved we don't have to see his smarmy mug on the news anymore. 


Title: Re: Scott Peterson Appeals Guilty Verdict, Death Sentence in Laci's Murder
Post by: Toler on August 16, 2017, 10:18:11 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4793986/Audio-call-Scott-Peterson-wife-Laci.html