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Convicted By Suspicion -- Why Scott Peterson May Be Innocent
The Hollywood Investigator ^ | 11/30/2004 | J. Neil Schulman

Posted on 11/30/2004 10:26:51 AM PST by J. Neil Schulman



by J. Neil Schulman, guest contributor. 

[November 30, 2004]

[]  Scott Peterson may or may not have murdered his wife, Laci, and their unborn child.  But the Redwood City, California trial that has just convicted Peterson of murdering Laci with premeditation was a kangaroo court in which none of the elements necessary to achieve a murder conviction were offered, much less proved beyond a reasonable doubt.

    The first element that needs to be proved in any murder trial is that a murder has occurred.  There was never a determination by any California medical examiner that the cause of Laci Peterson’s death was homicide.  No medical examiner was able to determine the cause of Laci Peterson's death, nor even prove to a medical certainty in what week beyond her disappearance on Christmas Eve that she died.

    A thorough examination of the residence where Scott and Laci Peterson lived together, by teams of detectives and forensic experts, uncovered no evidence whatsoever that a crime had occurred there. 

    No crime scene was ever found.

    No forensic evidence was found in the Petersons’ motor vehicles lending any foundation to the suspicion that she had ever been transported in one of them -- alive or dead -- to the place where, months later, her body was found. 

    No weapon was ever produced with any evidence that it had been used to cause Laci Peterson’s death.

    No witness was produced who had seen or heard Scott Peterson argue with Laci near the time of her disappearance, much less any witness who had seen Scott Peterson fight with his wife or kill her.

    The only forensic evidence produced in court that even presumptively linked Scott Peterson with the death of his wife was a strand of hair that DNA analysis showed to be Laci's, in a pliers found in Scott Peterson’s fishing boat.  A police detective interviewed a witness who had seen Laci in the boat warehouse where Scott stored that boat.  Even in the absence of this witness statement to a police detective, the rules of forensic transference indicate that transference of trace evidence between a husband and wife who lived together is common, and not indicative of foul play. 

    No witness ever saw Laci in that fishing boat, nor did any witness ever testify to seeing Scott Peterson bringing a corpse-sized parcel onto his fishing boat.  Thus, the fishing boat never should have been allowed into evidence, nor should prosecution speculation into his dumping her body using that boat have been permitted.

    Nor was any evidence offered in court showing that Scott Peterson had engaged in any overt activities in planning of a murder.  He was not observed buying, or even shopping for, weapons or poison.  Police detectives found no records in his computer logs that he was spending time researching methods of murder.  No evidence was offered that he ever considered hiring someone to kill her.

    No evidence was offered in court indicating that Scott Peterson had any reasonable motive for murdering his wife, such as monetary gain, or to protect great marital assets that he’d lose as an adulterer in a divorce in California, a no-fault community-property state, or because Scott had some basis to believe he had been cuckolded.

    So in a case without an ME’s finding of homicide or a known time of death; 

    without a single witness to a crime having occurred; 

    without a crime scene;

    without a murder weapon;

    without any indisputable forensic evidence linking the defendant husband to his wife’s death; 

    without an obvious motive;

    without the prosecution presenting conclusive direct or circumstantial evidence overcoming every single exculpatory scenario by which Laci Peterson might have otherwise come to her death; 

    in summation, without the prosecution demonstrating that Scott Peterson and only Scott Peterson had the means and opportunity to murder his wife and transport her alive or dead to the San Francisco Bay in which her body was found ... how is it possible that Scott Peterson has just been convicted of a premeditated murder with special circumstances warranting the death penalty?

    It comes down to this: Scott Peterson was having an adulterous affair at the time of his wife’s disappearance, and Scott Peterson is a cad and a bounder.

    Scott Peterson repeatedly lied to everyone around him – including his new mistress – to further the pursuit of this affair.  This pattern of lying was established by audio tapes of his phone conversations with his mistress that were played in court.  But these tapes were played before the jury without any foundation for their playing being offered, since their playing spoke to no element required for conviction in the crime with which he was charged.  And these tapes -- which were more prejudicial than probitive -- destroyed Scott Peterson's credibility to appear as a potential witness in his own defense.  They served only to make the jury hate Scott Peterson.

    Scott Peterson found himself at the center of a media circus, and his attempts to change his appearance and escape being followed can equally be interpreted as either avoidance of the media who were stalking him or avoidance of police who were tracking him.

    The bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn child were discovered in close proximity to the location where Scott Peterson said he had been fishing at the time of her disappearance.  But those bodies were found after months of all-media publicity in which Peterson’s alibi was broadcast and published, and if Laci had been murdered by some third party, the murderer would have easily had both means and motive to dump her body at that location to convict Scott and end pursuit of themselves for that murder.

    In any case where more than one explanation of a fact can be offered, the judge’s charge instructs the jury that the explanation suggesting innocence is the one they are legally required to adopt in their deliberations. 

    Scott Peterson was convicted at trial of murder possibly leading to a death sentence in which the trial judge allowed prosecutors to speculate in front of a jury on how Scott Peterson might have murdered his wife.  Anyone who’s watched a single episode of Perry Mason or Law & Order knows the judge is charged with forbidding such speculation unless there is a foundation of facts in evidence.

    No such foundation was presented indicating a method of murder in the murder trial of Scott Peterson.

    In other words, Scott Peterson looked and acted guilty, and in the age of 24-hour -a-day TV news networks that have to fill up those hours with ratings-producing subjects, Scott Peterson’s trial and conviction was the perfect storm of Guilty by Suspicion.

    Scott Peterson may very well have been convicted of a murder that he committed.  If so, he was convicted in a case that under our system of justice – in which the presumption of innocence may only rightfully be overcome by evidence that is convincing beyond a reasonable doubt – never should have been allowed into court, much less handed over to a jury.

    The jury that convicted Scott Peterson was a lynch mob inflamed by prejudicial testimony and their conviction of Scott Peterson qualifies as a hate crime.  The verdict needs to be overturned on appeal.  The judge brought out of retirement to preside over the case needs to be retired again.  The prosecution needs to be brought up on civil rights charges to make sure this behavior is punished.

    May God have mercy on Scott Peterson’s soul if he is, in fact, a psychopath who spent Christmas Eve murdering his pregnant wife so he could avoid the inconvenience of a divorce.

    And may God have equal mercy on the prosecutors, judge, and jurors who have taken away Scott Peterson’s life – whether through a sentence of life imprisonment or death by lethal injection – if they have allowed their disgust for a deeply flawed man to whip them into a passion in which suspicion in the absence of any proof was sufficient to convict him. 

Copyright © 2004 by J. Neil Schulman.  All rights reserved.

J. Neil Schulman's book, The Frame of the Century?, presents as strong a case for a suspect other than O.J. Simpson in the murder of Nicole Brown Simpson as was presented to convict Scott Peterson in the murder of Laci Peterson.  Our sister publication, the Weekly Universe, has previously reported on Schulman's 'Vulcan Mind Meld with God' and his discovery of an eye drop that cures cataracts.

KEYWORDS: evidence; fresnoda; innocentmyass; laci; murder; peterson; scott; trial; trials
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To: J. Neil Schulman
I usually don't join in discussions of my articles to begin with but I was accused of being a lurker.

I would think you wouldn't; too much here to "defend."

321 posted on 12/01/2004 7:42:56 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Howlin

He's forgotten about Scott saying he was waiting for Laci to come home, then selling her car, bleaching his hair, and running to Mexico.
He seems to have forgotten that innocent peopel don't do that.

322 posted on 12/01/2004 7:43:31 AM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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To: sodpoodle

Now, now; you don't want to bring FACTS into this discussion, do you? :-)

323 posted on 12/01/2004 7:44:22 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Howlin


324 posted on 12/01/2004 7:44:28 AM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: Darksheare

" peopel "?!
Guess I should be glad I didn't type "epopel" this time!

325 posted on 12/01/2004 7:44:30 AM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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To: Darksheare

I'm getting coffee for all of us..!

326 posted on 12/01/2004 7:45:23 AM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: Darksheare

How about innocent people don't tell people that their wife is missing/dead two weeks before they actually disappear.

Innocent people who are waiting for their loved one to return don't try to sell their home FURNISHED within 30 days.

327 posted on 12/01/2004 7:46:11 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: MEG33


328 posted on 12/01/2004 7:52:25 AM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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To: Howlin

He seems to have forgotten that as well.
Too many things are wrong with his premise for this guy to be taken seriously.

329 posted on 12/01/2004 7:54:25 AM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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To: Darksheare

Oh - and don't forget that Scott had also contacted a realtor about selling the house. Couldn't do it thought; the house was joint property, and since Laci was still missing and hand't been declared dead, he couldn't sell the house.

330 posted on 12/01/2004 7:55:42 AM PST by .38sw
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To: .38sw

Howlin reminded me of that one.

This guy is supposed to be a writer to be taken seriously?
Heck, I just read a bunch of FReepers who were likely half awake with half their memory tied behind their backs due to being sleepy tear apart his premise with the precision and efficiency of microsurgeons.

331 posted on 12/01/2004 8:04:33 AM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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To: Howlin

Howlin - As a newbie, I am so honored, thanks:)

Now I feel emboldened. Watch out for a plethora of vanities HA HA!!

332 posted on 12/01/2004 9:35:10 AM PST by sodpoodle (sparrows are underrated)
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I had not intended to return to this discussion, but let me just state that many of the posters simply don't know the facts of this case.

Laci's body was not found weighted down by a concrete anchor. No anchor was ever recovered in proximity to her body. No anchor having any link to her body was offered into evidence in the trial.

Laci's body was not found bound with duct tape. Considering that when her body was recovered it lacked head, arms, or lower legs, there was little that could have been restrained with duct tape. Duct tape entered into the case because some pieces of duct tape were found in the general area where her body was recovered, but no proof was ever offered linking that duct tape to her body.

Read Mark Geragos' motion to dismiss at the preliminary hearing, available on the Court TV website at You'll discover that the prosecution failed to introduce during the actual trial anything that met the burden even for the case to be tried, and that Geragos' motion to dismiss in the preliminary hearing is still unrefuted even as Scott Peterson's jury is considering whether or not to put him to death.

I have been accused to being prejudiced, of being a shill for Marc Geragos, of being here to sell the only one of my books that has anything to do with criminal justice.

Two of my books are science-fiction novels and one is a theological comic fantasy. Another of my books is a collection of short stories. One is a collection of my screenwriting. Another is an interview with science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein. One is a defense of the right to keep and bear arms, another presents essays of a libertarian nature. Only one of my books, published in 1999, deals with the analysis of a trial.

I don't know Scott Peterson or anyone else in the case, don't know any of the lawyers on either side, nor anyone connected to the case in any way.

Nor would I ever want anyone like Scott Peterson -- a pathological liar and cruel adulterer -- in my life.

I care about fair trials, and no matter how lousy a human being Scott Peterson is, for the reasons I stated in my article and follow-up posts, he never got one.

Our system of justice requires more than speculation based on unestablished assumptions before you can charge someone with a crime, much less convict them and put them to death or imprison them for life. That's what happened in this case, and it stinks to high heaven.

That's my summation and I'm out of here again.


333 posted on 12/01/2004 11:54:19 AM PST by J. Neil Schulman
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To: DK Zimmerman

I am really not interested in this subject any longer, however, I do not understand why you think I am paranoid. What would that have to do with this subject? Is your opinion of my psychiatric status a professional opinion? Can you prescribe me something? Calling someone who disagrees with you paranoid is playground stuff. You might want to study up on paranoia. I may also have a psychology degree and an MD for all you know. Or are YOU out to get me? Shall I put on my tinfoil gloves to type this?

334 posted on 12/01/2004 11:59:09 AM PST by spiralsue (I will never forget 9/11)
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To: J. Neil Schulman

That you PooPoo?

335 posted on 12/01/2004 12:00:38 PM PST by najida (Friends may come and go, but enemies accumulate.)
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To: J. Neil Schulman
I am very sorry to hear about anyone being murdered...

But to be perfectly honest...I could not hardly care less...about the trial. Although I certainly wonder about the preoccupation with this particular crime.

My point I guess is there are thousands of murders in this country...that get hardly any pub. Why in the world did the MSM focus on this one....I'll never really know.

336 posted on 12/01/2004 12:05:34 PM PST by Osage Orange (Hillary's heart is as black as the devil's riding boots.................)
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To: J. Neil Schulman

I wonder if you would ever be able to say anyone got a "fair" trial. You seem to have this idea that things must be black and white. Real life is gray. As if someone can only be convicted if they left evidence behind signed and notarized. Duct tape, anchors, his cleaning the house, his lack of concern for his missing wife and unborn son, his handy alibi at the boat yard, etc. Most capital cases are messy. The reason we have citizen jurors is for the simple fact that they bring all their experiences and knowledge to the jury room. It is not a mathematical equation, this guilt or reasonable doubt. It is a determination made by jurors who are charged with being the finders of FACT. His trial was as fair as can be expected. My parents taught me that life is not "fair." Deal with it.... if you are still reading this ridiculous thread that YOU started.
IMO, Mark Gergagmeous can rot in hell with his client.

337 posted on 12/01/2004 12:10:01 PM PST by spiralsue (I will never forget 9/11)
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338 posted on 12/01/2004 12:17:48 PM PST by spiralsue (I will never forget 9/11)
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To: spiralsue

My pleasure..This article has been posted 4 times on the CTV board someone just noted over there..The Scott is innocent diehards love it.

339 posted on 12/01/2004 12:24:48 PM PST by MEG33 ( Congratulations President Bush!..Thank you God. Four More Years!)
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To: J. Neil Schulman

Do innocent people who are 'waiting' for someone who is 'missing' to return leave and go somewhere where the 'missing' person will not be able to find them?

Do they sell the 'missing' person's belongings for the most cash they can before leaving?
Do they dye their har and head to Mexico?

The answer is: NO.

340 posted on 12/01/2004 12:30:52 PM PST by Darksheare (I have friends, and I have co-conspirators.)
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