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Penalty Phase to Begin in Peterson Case

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Unless the judge grants a defense request for a new jury, Scott Peterson's life will rest in the hands of the same jurors who found him guilty of murdering his pregnant wife.

The penalty phase in Peterson's case was set to begin Monday, 10 days after he was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Laci Peterson and second-degree murder for killing her fetus.

Jurors will choose between a life sentence or execution. They are expected to hear testimony much more laden with emotion than they did during the five-month guilt phase of his trial......

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Defense hopes for penalty-phase delay
Geragos to ask judge for new jury, location as Peterson trial resumes

BEE STAFF REPORTS The penalty phase in Scott Peterson's double-murder trial is scheduled to begin today in San Mateo County Superior Court, but his attorney is hoping for a delay.

Mark Geragos also is hoping the delay results from favorable rulings on two new motions: one to have a new jury decide Peterson's punishment, and one to have the penalty phase moved to another county.

The jury that Geragos is seeking to replace is the one that declared Peterson guilty Nov. 12 of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, Laci, and of seconddegree murder in the death of their unborn son, Conner.

The jury now has two choices for Peterson's punishment: death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Judge Alfred Delucchi, after hearing the .........

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Geragos faces thorny situation Insisting on client's innocence may hurt in penalty phase

For five months, Scott Peterson's attorney called his client a cheater, a heel and a jerk. He insisted, however, that he wasn't a murderer. On Nov. 12, a jury found otherwise.

So how does defense attorney Mark Geragos now ask that same jury to spare Peterson's life?

"It's very problematic," said Marcia Morrissey, a Los Angeles death penalty lawyer who has represented such high-profile defendants as Yosemite killer Cary Stayner, one of the Menedez brothers and Lanie Greenberger in the infamous "Cotton Club" case.

She says jurors don't tend to show compassion during the penalty phase for defendants who deny their crimes and are portrayed at trial as unredeemable adulterers.

"All the jury knows about this man .......

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BID TO DELAY SCOTT DEATH HEARING

November 22, 2004 -- REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's defense attorney today will try to avoid having Laci Peterson's family and friends plead for his execution.

The jury that convicted Peterson on Nov. 12 is slated to start weighing the death penalty for him by the middle of next week.

Before allowing testimony to start today, San Mateo Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi will consider a motion by Peterson's defense attorney Mark Geragos seeking a new trial or at least a new penalty phase....

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Why We Were Infatuated With the Peterson Case

Nov. 22, 2004 — There was no doubt that the crowd outside the courthouse in Redwood City, Calif., approved of the verdict in Scott Peterson's murder trial.

When jurors convicted Peterson of first-degree murder in the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci, and second-degree murder in the death of the unborn son they had named Conner, people outside the courthouse erupted in cheers. Some cried with joy and hugged bystanders. Others mugged for the cameras with newspapers that already had the headline "Guilty!" atop a photo of Peterson. Some pumped their fists in the air. .......

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What if a juror's motive is a lucrative book deal?

LAWS ARE NEEDED TO KEEP MONEY FROM UNDERMINING JUSTICE

By Robert L. Shapiro

When Peterson trial Judge Alfred A. Delucci began dismissing jurors after several days of deliberations, I got the uneasy feeling that something sinister may be looming, something more to the deliberations than the evidence and the instructions from the judge.

Just as the lawyers, judges and even witnesses in the case had become instant celebrities, the opportunity was ripe for the lone juror to join those ranks.

There are few places that the media spotlight has been as intense as the trial of Scott Peterson, convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Connor, seemingly so he could be free to pursue his mistress Amber Frey. The public fascination ........

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Legalities hold site captive
Scott Peterson still retains stake, but mother-in-law's lawsuit, loan cloud division

It was where she planned to start a family, and where prosecutors say he killed her.

And now that a jury has convicted Scott Peterson of murdering his pregnant wife and unborn son, questions swirl around what will become of the couple's Covena Avenue home in Modesto.

Once the site of media stakeouts, 24-hour police surveillance and impromptu shrines for Laci Peterson and the son the couple planned to name Conner, the house now lies at the heart of a legal morass involving criminal convictions, lawsuits and a loan.

The single-story 1,770-square-foot home in the La Loma neighborhood was the joint property of two people once described as the perfect couple.

It normally would have gone to Scott Peterson .......

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Peterson could have view of bay where wife, child found

SACRAMENTO - Scott Peterson could spend his remaining years catching glimpses of the bay where he launched his boat on Christmas Eve 2002, not far from where the bodies of his pregnant wife and unborn child eventually floated to shore.

Now convicted of their murders, Peterson will be transported to San Quentin State Prison overlooking San Francisco Bay if the jury recommends a death sentence following a hearing that begins Monday.

Cell doors on two of the three units at San Quentin look past walkways patrolled by rifle-toting guards, out at the same water that doomed Peterson when jurors didn't buy his alibi, that he just happened to be fishing when his wife, Laci Peterson, disappeared. The rooftop exercise yard on the original 1934 death row building, which now houses 68 of the best behaved condemned inmates, also overlooks the bay.

Should Peterson, 32, be sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole, he would almost certainly be sent to one of the state's eight maximum security prisons.........

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Thousands gather to dedicate Laci Peterson Memorial

A cavalcade of motorcyclists and other community members converged on this Central Valley farm town Saturday to dedicate a memorial to Laci Peterson and the fetus she carried.

Some 2,000 people gathered at a downtown park for a ceremony to unveil the memorial, a metal park bench donated by a local businessman.

Laci's cousin Shawn Rocha, who organized the event, told the crowd that family members were "overwhelmed" by the turnout.

"Thank you from our hearts," Rocha said.

Earlier, members ............

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Hundreds Gather To Remember Laci Peterson
Motorcycle Riders Lead Procession

Escalon, Calif. -- Hundreds of people gathered Saturday in memory of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner.

A park bench was dedicated in their ......

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1,700 ride to remember Laci
Huge crowd descends on Escalon for dedication of Peterson memorial bench

ESCALON — Laci and Conner Peterson's park bench seats only two, but nearly 2,000 people converged on downtown Escalon on Saturday morning to dedicate the memorial to the former Escalon resident. Many were part of a procession of 1,700 motorcycles that left Modesto for Burwood Cemetery and downtown Escalon, and returned to Modesto.

The mood was festive for a memorial; a crowd that had already gathered at Main Street Park cheered when the cycles rolled through downtown, led by Laci Peterson's cousin, Shawn Rocha, and her mother, Sharon Rocha.

The event was a repeat of a similar ride organized last year by Shawn Rocha, in which 500........

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Thousands gather to dedicate Laci Peterson Memorial

ESCALON, Calif. - A cavalcade of motorcyclists and other community members converged on this Central Valley farm town Saturday to dedicate a memorial to Laci Peterson and the fetus she carried.

Some 2,000 people gathered at a downtown park for a ceremony to unveil the memorial, a metal park bench donated by a local businessman.

Laci's cousin Shawn Rocha, who organized the ........

1 posted on 11/22/2004 5:44:15 AM PST by runningbear
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2 posted on 11/22/2004 5:45:22 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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3 posted on 11/22/2004 5:45:49 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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4 posted on 11/22/2004 5:46:19 AM PST by runningbear (Lurkers beware, Freeping is public opinions based on facts, theories, and news online.......)
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To: runningbear

Put them all in the same cell; the pay-per-view sales alone WOULD GET SOME OF OUR WASTED TAX MONEY BACK!


5 posted on 11/22/2004 5:46:47 AM PST by SirLurkedalot (Kevin Sites is an a**hole.)
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To: runningbear

Why haven't these sickos been executed? Surely, their appeals have run out.


6 posted on 11/22/2004 5:47:32 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: runningbear

The fact that all those dirtbags are still "living" there just makes me a bit more surly this Monday. They should have all been disposed of long ago.


14 posted on 11/22/2004 5:59:42 AM PST by theDentist (Proud Member of FreeRepublic 's "Pyjama-Hadeen")
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To: runningbear

21 posted on 11/22/2004 6:14:32 AM PST by SheLion (God bless and protect our troops. I love them one and all!)
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To: runningbear

Even if the jury recommends the death penalty for Scotty, he may die of old age on death row. There are over 600 (!!!) inmates on death row at the Q. Only 10 have had their sentences carried out since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977.

There is a proposal to build a new death row. One of the reasons is that it is not handicapped accessible - many of the inmates are aging, and are now in wheelchairs and using walkers.


28 posted on 11/22/2004 7:09:09 AM PST by .38sw
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To: runningbear

Saw that motorcycle parade on Briggsmore Avenue Saturday afternoon as they headed back to the Harley-Davidson store. Under police escort, they stopped all traffic as over a thousand bikes passed by. Mighty impressive sight of all those bikers showing support for the Rocha family.


29 posted on 11/22/2004 7:13:09 AM PST by Diver Dave (Stay Prayed Up)
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To: runningbear

Why are these killers still breathing air???.....


34 posted on 11/22/2004 7:25:53 AM PST by Route101
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To: runningbear

Is the taxpayer supporting some kind of pre-death vacation for them???....get it done!!!


35 posted on 11/22/2004 7:27:50 AM PST by Route101
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To: runningbear
Peterson will be transported to San Quentin if the jury recommends a death sentence following a hearing that begins Monday.

Actually Peterson will be sent to San Quentin no matter what. All convicted Felons go to SQ first and then are either assigned there or sent to one of the other prisons in California.

Five story cell block, 100 cells each, 2 men to a cell. Always full, 1000 men. I used to go there and pass out cigarette rolling papers to the detainees there.

Of course Peterson won't go to that reception center, he will be in PC.

42 posted on 11/22/2004 10:09:42 AM PST by Syncro
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To: runningbear

Interesting how these stories run the gamut describing Conner -- from "their unborn son" to "her fetus" -- and with even more distance, "the fetus she was carrying."

Seems to me that once they know the sex and even the name of the child, they should stop treating him as an 'it.'


47 posted on 11/22/2004 12:27:43 PM PST by Shazolene
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To: runningbear

Given liberal California's Nine Circus, it'll be a quarter century before Scott Peterson's executed. I wouldn't count on him being given a lethal injection any time soon. Appeals first, sentence afterwards.


76 posted on 11/23/2004 2:59:37 AM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: runningbear
I can't wait till this is over!

Put em to DEATH!

Screechy Greta will be sad ... I'm sure ... she'll have less to screech about.
98 posted on 11/24/2004 11:35:10 PM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: runningbear

Scott Peterson should have heard/heeded the old joke...

Q: Why are divorces so expensive?
A: Because they're worth it!

(definitely cheaper than defending and losing in a murder, death-penalty trial...)


112 posted on 11/25/2004 2:32:46 PM PST by VOA
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To: runningbear
I saw a teeaser on FNC last night. San Quentin is over crowded, and has the land to expand.

But, it's on the waterfront, and developers want the land for $1M houses....

What to do, what to do.

I dislike teasers and didn't stick around for the complete story.

113 posted on 11/25/2004 2:35:12 PM PST by Calvin Locke
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To: runningbear
It was all good up until that last story. The memorial ride is downright creepy.

And I thought it was weird how the local teenagers commemorate dead friends by making T-shirts with the deceased's name on them.
115 posted on 11/25/2004 4:55:10 PM PST by Xenalyte (Who you tryin' to get crazy with, ese? Don't you know I'm loco?)
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To: runningbear
San Quentin Death Row that already houses serial killer Richard Ramirez, known as the Night Stalker, Richard Allen Davis, the killer of Polly Klaas, David Carpenter, the Trailside Killer, and recently arrived Cary Stayner.

Why is Richard Allen Davis still alive???????

146 posted on 11/26/2004 6:27:55 AM PST by montag813
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To: runningbear

Hope the bastard fries. (Oops, we can't say that anymore. Uh, hope he drifts off to sleep painlessly as he feels nothing and his heart just stops. Well, guess that punishment is better than none, and it's certainly not equal to what he did to Lacey and baby Conner.)


151 posted on 11/26/2004 7:15:24 PM PST by Ciexyz (I use the term Blue Cities, not Blue States. PA is red except for Philly, Pgh & Erie.)
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