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Witnesses: Jury Wrongly Convicted Peterson
foxnews.com ^ | Tuesday, December 07, 2004 | AP

Posted on 12/07/2004 6:15:31 AM PST by crushelits

Witnesses: Jury Wrongly Convicted Peterson

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — In tearful testimony, Scott Peterson's (search) family and friends pleaded with jurors to spare his life, contending that he was mistakenly convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci.

Defense witnesses have already testified that Peterson sang to seniors on Sundays, distributed food and clothes in Tijuana and that he was a good friend and loving son.

On the fifth day of the trial's penalty phase, Peterson's relatives questioned the jury's verdict.

"I don't believe he's guilty," said his uncle, John Lathamke to see him die. It would tear our family apart."

But jurors showed no expression, some even looking away or toward the ground as Latham spoke.

Testimony in the seven-month-old trial's penalty phase was set to continue Tuesday and run into the next day before closing arguments. Jurors were expected to begin deliberating Thursday whether to sentence Peterson to life without parole or the death penalty.

Peterson was convicted Nov. 12 of one count of first-degree murder in the death of his pregnant wife, Laci, and one count of second-degree murder for the killing of her fetus.

Prosecutors say he smothered or strangled Laci Peterson (search) in their Modesto home on or around Christmas Eve 2002, then dumped her body into San Francisco Bay. The remains of the victims were discovered about four months later a few miles from where Peterson claims to have been fishing alone the day his wife vanished.


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1 posted on 12/07/2004 6:15:32 AM PST by crushelits
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To: crushelits

Lethal injection is too humane for this scumbag.


2 posted on 12/07/2004 6:19:44 AM PST by MaineRepublic (Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. -- Euripides)
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To: crushelits

Nice photo of Geragos. When the case is appealed, it's standard procedure by the state-appointed attorneys to trash the defendent's attorney in an attempt to overthrow the conviction.


3 posted on 12/07/2004 6:20:26 AM PST by xJones
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To: crushelits
Defense witnesses have already testified that Peterson sang to seniors on Sundays.

Nice alliteration, Scott!

4 posted on 12/07/2004 6:20:52 AM PST by Cicero (Nil illegitemus carborundum est)
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To: All

Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard?? Cant do it, without tyhe boat tipping.
Why wouldnt the Judge allow that evidence??? Hmmm...He was in a hurry to find someone guilty, thats why....


5 posted on 12/07/2004 6:23:14 AM PST by theconservativerepublican (www.theconservativerepublican.com)
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To: theconservativerepublican

size


6 posted on 12/07/2004 6:23:41 AM PST by theconservativerepublican (www.theconservativerepublican.com)
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To: crushelits
and one count of second-degree murder for the killing of her fetus.

Nope, no AP agenda here.

As for his family, a death sentence for Scott will tear the family apart, but the murders of his wife and son haven't? This whole family is messed up. They act as if Scott is the second coming. Sang to seniors? Puh-lease...
7 posted on 12/07/2004 6:27:01 AM PST by kenth (Please don't make me have to put a sarcasm tag... it ruins perfectly good sarcasm.)
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To: theconservativerepublican
Of course, Laci and infant Conner just happened to have been disposed of in the exact place where Scott Peterson happened to fish. Sure. Some other person(s) kidnapped her, killed her, then drove all the way to SF Bay and coincidentally dumped the body in the EXACT place where Scott went fishing!

Get real! He did it, and it doesn't matter how he put the body in the water. He could very well have put them in from the bridge, from the shore, or even tipped the boat over while doing it -- but he did it.

8 posted on 12/07/2004 6:29:31 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: theconservativerepublican
Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard?? Cant do it, without tyhe boat tipping.
Nonsense. I've done it dozens of times. OK, Just kidding.
9 posted on 12/07/2004 6:30:14 AM PST by jaydubya2
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To: TommyDale

I especially love how he ended up in Mexico with a new haircut and dyed blonde hair.

That's what I would do right after my pregnant wife had disappeared and presumedly been killed.


10 posted on 12/07/2004 6:32:16 AM PST by MaineRepublic (Talk sense to a fool and he calls you foolish. -- Euripides)
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To: kenth

Nope, no kenth agenda here.

It is NOT inaccurate to refer to an unborn child as a fetus.


11 posted on 12/07/2004 6:32:16 AM PST by dmz
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To: theconservativerepublican
He was in a hurry to find someone guilty, thats why....

Yes, that's right. The judge has spent a lifetime on the bench, watching his Ps and Qs, patiently following procedure and acquiring a decent reputation as a no-nonsense judge over all these years so that, when the time came, he could pounce on poor little, innocent Scott Peterson.

When thought of in these terms it might make some sense that the judge was even conspiring with the "real killers" Geragos promised he would reveal. What was that theory again? Oh, yes!... that a band of Satanic homeless people kidnapped Laci, held her until Scott's alibi became public knowledge and, with malice aforethought, obtained a boat and dumped the body where Scott had been fishing in order to "set him up" (motives unknown). Scott must be as important as he thinks he is in order for so many to want to do this terrible thing to him (not to Laci... that wasn't AS terrible as this travesty)... including, as you say, the judge himself. Whew!

12 posted on 12/07/2004 6:32:31 AM PST by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Cicero
I like "distributed food and clothes in Tijuana". Does anyone believe that is what he was doing in TJ?
13 posted on 12/07/2004 6:32:36 AM PST by Sthitch
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To: crushelits

If they give Peterson life, would that mean he would be in the general population in prison? I hope so. He'll be getting daily anal probes from his fellow cons :O


14 posted on 12/07/2004 6:34:10 AM PST by silent_jonny
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To: Types_with_Fist

Well said. I'm still waiting for the "real killers" to emerge from the O.J. case.


15 posted on 12/07/2004 6:35:52 AM PST by silent_jonny
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To: theconservativerepublican
Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard?? Cant do it, without the boat tipping.

Sure he could, a few counterweights and sluffing her off rather than throwing her (too visible). Looks like the mench did off his wife and unborn son. If convicted I hope he gets old sparky.

16 posted on 12/07/2004 6:36:00 AM PST by sr4402
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To: theconservativerepublican

I dont know if it an be done or not but with the cement anchors it was more then 100 pounds.


17 posted on 12/07/2004 6:37:03 AM PST by winodog (We need to water the liberty tree)
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To: Sthitch

It is always heard from friends and neighbors, "I can't believe he could have done such a thing."

Hey, it happens. My neighbors said the same thing when the police showed up and started digging up...never mind...forget I said anything.


18 posted on 12/07/2004 6:37:21 AM PST by speed_addiction (Ninja's last words, "Hey guys. Watch me just flip out on that big dude over there!")
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To: theconservativerepublican

You don't think Scumbag Scott killed Laci?

Who do you think did? Same guy killed OJ's wife?


19 posted on 12/07/2004 6:38:00 AM PST by Redbob
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To: crushelits
No timely trial this. No matter the fate or guilt of Peterson -- and it looks like he did the murder; having a trial in two phases is a miscarriage of due process. The jury deciding on the murder MUST have a dread understanding that if they judge wrong an innocent will die by the executioner's hand, or alternatively that a bloody murderer will be freed.

Without that dread weight -- that awesome sense of sober, full, accountable judgement -- no part of a California Murder Trial sees any genuine justice, no matter what the verdict.

20 posted on 12/07/2004 6:38:01 AM PST by bvw
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To: crushelits

It was the homeless satanists living under the bridge who killed Laci and Connor. They drove her to the bay in their tan van with the BBQ sauce stains.


21 posted on 12/07/2004 6:40:16 AM PST by .38sw
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To: crushelits
Defense witnesses have already testified that Peterson sang to seniors on Sundays, distributed food and clothes in Tijuana and that he was a good friend and loving son.

Oh my, if this is true, we must all be wrong. He couldn't possibly be a killer. Have killers ever before been Mr. Nice-guys, doers of good and really nice deeds, good friends and loving sons?

I believe the answer is a resounding YES!

22 posted on 12/07/2004 6:41:44 AM PST by Oreo Kookey (How, indeed, do we click our tongues at beheadings and look the other way from abortion? I weep.)
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To: sr4402
If convicted I hope he gets old sparky.

California only allows Mr. Needle. The gas chamber still works, but ACLU types sued because it was "inhumane". The condemned can still choose it as an option, though. ;)

23 posted on 12/07/2004 6:45:03 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves
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To: TommyDale
Not only that, they had to make weights, hide from the marina surveillance which was almost immediately present, hide from the workers at the marina, bypass the check-in, change Laci's clothes and buy a boat, too.

Then they had to put the jewelry on the dresser.......

24 posted on 12/07/2004 6:49:40 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: Mr. Jeeves

I think he should be forced to suffer "Old Sparky" that sometimes malfunctions, necessitating several painful attempts. I would like to see the shooting flames out his eye sockets. It may not be the most humane method, but his crime wasn't exactly humane either. It is certainly proper justice.


25 posted on 12/07/2004 6:49:58 AM PST by TommyDale
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To: crushelits

Yup, sang to seniors on Sunday and Amber on Mondays.


26 posted on 12/07/2004 6:50:52 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: theconservativerepublican
Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard?? Cant do it, without tyhe boat tipping.

.....SO you're saying someone ELSE took her out there same day as Scott went "fishing" and dumped her in from a huge boat, perhaps an ocean liner? Of course you can roll a 100 pound body bag from his little boat to the water, you just have to be careful, and he was careful.
27 posted on 12/07/2004 6:51:31 AM PST by Vinomori
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To: dmz

It only took four more posts to get a kneejerk reaction to mine.


28 posted on 12/07/2004 6:54:33 AM PST by kenth (Please don't make me have to put a sarcasm tag... it ruins perfectly good sarcasm.)
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To: theconservativerepublican
David Westerfield was innocent too. Never mind that he was about to tell the police where the body was in exchange for not death penalty.

As for OJ......his son did it.....right???????

29 posted on 12/07/2004 6:55:03 AM PST by OldFriend (PRAY FOR MAJ. TAMMY DUCKWORTH)
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To: kenth

One kneejerk deserves another.


30 posted on 12/07/2004 6:57:42 AM PST by dmz
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To: TommyDale
I think he should be forced to suffer "Old Sparky" that sometimes malfunctions, necessitating several painful attempts.

I'm reminded of that unpleasant "dry sponge" scene in The Green Mile.

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31 posted on 12/07/2004 7:00:27 AM PST by silent_jonny
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To: winodog

Laci was eight months pregnant...I guarantee it was more than 100lbs even without cement blocks.


33 posted on 12/07/2004 7:04:10 AM PST by exnavychick (Just my two cents, as usual.)
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To: theconservativerepublican

And you saw Elvis yesterday, didn't ya?


34 posted on 12/07/2004 7:09:17 AM PST by najida (Aunt to Miss Emily Ann- Cutest Baby in the World.)
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To: theconservativerepublican
Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard?? Cant do it, without tyhe boat tipping.

A small 10 horsepower outboard motor weighs 150lbs. A fisherman drops the motor off the stern and tips it back in all the time. The boat does not tip over.

35 posted on 12/07/2004 7:10:01 AM PST by Reeses
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To: Motherbear

No, it's the opposite....You throw the weights over first and then the body...pretty easy really....(Have had several boats of the same size)


36 posted on 12/07/2004 7:11:37 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: crushelits



This article is a load of crap. It should have headlined " Peterson Family and friends Plead for Mercy for Felon Convicted of Multiple Murders". The existing headline leads one to think witnesses in the trial were pleading for him.

Poor decision on the part of the editor or more slanting the view?


37 posted on 12/07/2004 7:11:37 AM PST by Riddick (<- - - Also from a very red part of California)
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To: crushelits

I saw a special on San Quentin's death row. I'm not sure if that is where he is going but I am sure it's someplace equally ....unpleasant. That murdering S.O.B. will be begging for death in 5 minutes.


38 posted on 12/07/2004 7:17:52 AM PST by MattinNJ (Only Arnold would have the stones to say Nixon was the reason he was a Republican.)
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To: Riddick
If he had gotten away with it....you can bet your booties that all these "unbelieving" family members would be watching their backs....wondering what he was going to do next.

And then there's the question: "Would you like to date a good looking bachelor "with no support payments and lotsa money", named Scott Peterson?". I'm sure Scott, with all his phony doings would attend a "widow/widowers" group to line up another victim.

Somewhere, I believe there is something in his past which points to this. I'd guess that the secret lies with his parents.

39 posted on 12/07/2004 7:18:13 AM PST by Sacajaweau (God Bless Our Troops!!)
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To: xJones
it's standard procedure by the state-appointed attorneys to trash the defendent's attorney in an attempt to overthrow the conviction.

Well, it won't be hard to find something to trash.

This has been the most shockingly poorly defended case I've ever seen.

40 posted on 12/07/2004 7:19:34 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: TommyDale
Of course, Laci and infant Conner just happened to have been disposed of in the exact place where Scott Peterson happened to fish.

And just two weeks after Scotty boy told two people she was dead!!! What a coincidence, huh?

41 posted on 12/07/2004 7:21:31 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Oreo Kookey
Defense witnesses have already testified that Peterson sang to seniors on Sundays, distributed food and clothes in Tijuana

Notice how the article leaves out the part where he did all this because it was a REQUIREMENT to graduate from the high school he went to.

It wasn't out of the goodness of his heart.

42 posted on 12/07/2004 7:25:13 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: theconservativerepublican

Anyone ever been on a lake in the same sixe boat as Peterson and tried throwing 100lbs of dead weight overboard??



What if he tied her body to the boat and towed her out? Would that work?


43 posted on 12/07/2004 7:25:35 AM PST by Andy'smom
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To: Sacajaweau

Don't forget that they have to be homeless GYNECOLOGISTS because Geragos claims Conner was born alive!


44 posted on 12/07/2004 7:26:27 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: Howlin
This has been the most shockingly poorly defended case I've ever seen.

It certainly doesn't help when you start out with a rousing speech to the jury promising to bring in all kinds of other potential murderers, and then drop the subject completely for the rest of the months-long trial. I liked the part where Geragos wasn't even present when the jury came back in with a guilty verdict. He was said to be in court defending another client.

Somehow I'd bet that Jackie Peterson has been giving him pure hell.:)

45 posted on 12/07/2004 7:27:00 AM PST by xJones
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To: Sthitch

Was he arrested in Tijuana? If not, then why is it relevant that he was seen there in what has been described as a disguise? If he was there, why wouldn't he stay there? The only things I really know about this case, is they replaced jurors and then got a quick consensus on a guilty verdict. It just seemed to me a way to use the entire jury pool, to get rid of anyone that would vote to acquit. How would anyone like to go through a trial fighting to bring reasonable doubt into the subject, only to have those that had such doubt, removed from the jury because of that doubt? Like I said, I am nearly completely ignorant of the facts in this case, and something seems a little fishy.


46 posted on 12/07/2004 7:27:43 AM PST by jeremiah (Sunshine scares all of them, for they are all cockaroaches)
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To: theconservativerepublican


How's your blog doing?
This case is obviously out of your realm,
whatever that might be. The jury is still
out regarding that.


47 posted on 12/07/2004 7:29:03 AM PST by onyx
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To: Motherbear

I've always thought that maybe he towed her out there somehow, or that he put her body in the water tethered to the boat and then attached the anchors.

Heck, he was on the other side of Brooks Island; for all we know, he beached the boat and did it from there.


48 posted on 12/07/2004 7:29:08 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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To: crushelits

I don't think the jury is going to buy all this 'he's a saint' crap. They've seen the evidence and know he's guilty. He didn't show Laci and Connor any mercy; I don't think they're going to be willing to show him any. I don't think they're going to be swayed too much by Scott's mother's tearful testimony, either. She wouldn't be in the tough shape she's in if it hadn't been for her philandering, evil son.


49 posted on 12/07/2004 7:29:22 AM PST by SuziQ (W STILL the President)
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To: MattinNJ

San Quentin is the only place that has death row in CA.


50 posted on 12/07/2004 7:30:18 AM PST by Howlin (W, Still the President)
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