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Death, life, new trial? Peterson finds out today
Associated Press ^ | March 16, 2005 | 9News.com

Posted on 03/16/2005 9:59:57 AM PST by Howlin

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Shackled at the waist, Scott Peterson returned to court Wednesday to learn his fate for the slaying of his wife and her fetus, four months after jurors found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of their murders.

Peterson was escorted into San Mateo County Superior Court under heavy security, wearing a dark suit and handcuffs chained to his waist. Ten of the 12 jurors who sentenced him to death in December sat in the jury box.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi was set to decide Wednesday whether to grant the former fertilizer salesman a new trial, sentence him to death - as the jury recommended - or give him life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Peterson, 32, was convicted Nov. 12 of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and her fetus. The jury recommended the death penalty a month later.

Hours before the hearing began, Peterson's former mistress, star witness Amber Frey, said she stood by her decision to turn to police. Peterson's lawyer is challenging the use of telephone conversations she recorded for the trial.

"As far as having not come forward there may not - and certainly in the jurors' eyes - there would not have been justice, so I stand by my choices and my decisions that I made," Frey told NBC's "Today" show Wednesday.

In asking for a new trial, defense lawyer Mark Geragos said Peterson's telephone calls to Frey should not have been admitted. He said Peterson never implicated himself in the crime during the calls and that authorities should not have tapped his phone.

Geragos also said prosecutors withheld evidence that a state prison inmate claimed he heard that Laci Peterson had interrupted a burglary at a neighbor's home in Modesto on Dec. 24, 2002, the day she was reported missing.

Scott Peterson claims he went fishing that day, and Geragos says the tip "points to the conclusion that Laci was alive after Scott left for the day."

"If the evidence were presented at a retrial, it is highly probable a different result would have occurred," Geragos wrote.

But prosecutor David Harris said the burglary happened two days after Laci Peterson's disappearance. He said the evidence was handed over a year before the trial started and would not have changed the verdict.

"His claim is reminiscent of the 'boy who cried wolf,' " Harris said.

The motion for a new trial, filed Feb. 25 in Redwood City, also claimed the judge erroneously dismissed two jurors, and erred in denying Geragos' motion for a second change of venue.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: dp; laci; peterson; sanquentin
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1 posted on 03/16/2005 9:59:58 AM PST by Howlin
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To: MEG33; RGSpincich; The Other Harry; Quilla; runningbear; oceanperch; spectre; PennsylvaniaMom; ...

Here we go!


2 posted on 03/16/2005 10:00:38 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin

From FNC, BREAKING: Judge says "Death."


3 posted on 03/16/2005 10:00:50 AM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: Howlin
The judge has DENIED Peterson's request for a new trial.
4 posted on 03/16/2005 10:01:11 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin

I hope the judge sentences him to LIFE in prison, among the general prison population.


5 posted on 03/16/2005 10:01:12 AM PST by Paradox (Occam was probably right.)
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To: Howlin

If there's going to be a new Peterson trial, I'm moving to France.


6 posted on 03/16/2005 10:01:35 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Paradox
I hope the judge sentences him to LIFE in prison, among the general prison population.

Too late. The judge already said "Death," when everyone entered the courtroom.

8 posted on 03/16/2005 10:01:59 AM PST by mhking (Do not mess with dragons, for thou art crunchy & good with ketchup...)
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To: Howlin

Oh good. I really didn't want to move to France.


9 posted on 03/16/2005 10:02:35 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Howlin

This just in: DEATH per FOX


10 posted on 03/16/2005 10:02:40 AM PST by RushCrush (Hitler was a gun-banning, abortion-supporting, business-regulating, Christmas-hating, vegetarian.)
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To: mhking

DEATH!!!


11 posted on 03/16/2005 10:02:43 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: dead

dead, we really didn't want you to go, but it would have been nice to have an enemy infiltrator over there...


12 posted on 03/16/2005 10:03:22 AM PST by RushCrush (Hitler was a gun-banning, abortion-supporting, business-regulating, Christmas-hating, vegetarian.)
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To: mhking
Too late. The judge already said "Death," when everyone entered the courtroom.

It’s California. “Death” is code for “life in prison.”

13 posted on 03/16/2005 10:03:31 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Howlin
Dead in 18 to 20 years, so what just a white guy killing a white girl. NO real news never has been, except for the hype of the cable channels, much like MJ's trail a rerun of the Fattie Arbuckel trail of the 20's.

You know there is no news in the country when this garbage gets on the air.

14 posted on 03/16/2005 10:03:34 AM PST by dts32041 (When did the Democratic party stop being the political arm of the KKK?)
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To: RushCrush

I thought they were still giving the victim impact statements?

Court TV is not reporting that the sentence has been imposed.

Oh, I see; it's the courthouse scuttlebutt!


15 posted on 03/16/2005 10:04:09 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: dead

What are you going to do when Michael Jackson gets his retrial?


16 posted on 03/16/2005 10:04:13 AM PST by green iguana
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To: Howlin

Lacy's dad speaking now..


17 posted on 03/16/2005 10:04:19 AM PST by mystery-ak (Im twitterpatted)
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To: Howlin
DEATH!!!

Only 30 more years and 1,000 appeals to go!

18 posted on 03/16/2005 10:05:37 AM PST by N. Theknow
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To: Howlin

His death should be the same as Laci and Conner's. Dumped in the SF Bay to rot!!


19 posted on 03/16/2005 10:05:53 AM PST by WestCoastGal ("The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams.")
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To: Howlin

Is Jackie at court.


20 posted on 03/16/2005 10:06:48 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: green iguana
What are you going to do when Michael Jackson gets his retrial?

I actually like the Michael Jackson trial. It’s sort of like The Amazing Race, Cirque de Soliel, Lancelot Link, the animated Brady Kids, America’s Most Wanted, the Sgt. Pepper Album, Home Alone, and Bosom Buddies all rolled into one show. It just needs a couple of midgets.

21 posted on 03/16/2005 10:07:13 AM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Howlin

CNN reporting that Lee Peterson stood up and called someone a liar.


22 posted on 03/16/2005 10:07:36 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Howlin
TIME TO BREAK OUT THE SCOTT PETERSON RECLINER....


23 posted on 03/16/2005 10:07:58 AM PST by Right Brother
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To: TexKat

There seems to be something going on in the courtroom......Jackie has left in a huff; Lee left already.

Brent is on the stand.

Brent said that Scott was evil.

Brent: "I chose not to kill me myself so you would have to sweat it out."


24 posted on 03/16/2005 10:08:10 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: TexKat

Will you listen to CNN and I'll take CTV?


25 posted on 03/16/2005 10:08:56 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin

Jackie and Lee Peterson have left the court in a huff. Another Peterson family member removed for calling Brent Rocha a liar while he gives his impact statement...which he is continuing now. Peterson talking to Geragos while Brent delivering impact statement.


26 posted on 03/16/2005 10:09:17 AM PST by Annie03
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To: Howlin

Unlikely we will hear from Scott Peterson again. 18 years before appeal.


27 posted on 03/16/2005 10:10:28 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: TexKat

Lee shouted out "you're a liar" and Jackie acted up, too. Delucchi warned he didn't care who they were, he'd throw them out!

Lee walks out.

Wow. Unbelievable.

More:

Brent still on the stand.


28 posted on 03/16/2005 10:10:40 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin
Ole Scott is a dead man walking.

He'll keep the death sentence and have death hanging over his head for as long as he lives at San Quentin. I hear they cheered when they heard Ole Scott got the death sentence from the jury. They supposedly chanted "Bring him here!". Scott will have a tough time there ... IF he survives. He'll still have to interact with other prisoners - even if segregated they aren't ALWAYS guarded.
29 posted on 03/16/2005 10:10:48 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Howlin

oops, I posted what you posted....ot quick enough on the keyboard. lol


30 posted on 03/16/2005 10:11:10 AM PST by Annie03
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To: TexKat

Wow.....Brent told Scott; "When they take you to the execution room, look out the window to Brooks Island and you will know that Laci and Conner have come to take you away."

Brent also said something about Laci's head rolling around in the bay!


31 posted on 03/16/2005 10:11:56 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin

Which channel to watch, Howlin? Where are you getting the info?


32 posted on 03/16/2005 10:11:56 AM PST by jacquej
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To: jacquej

CTV!


33 posted on 03/16/2005 10:12:12 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin

Thanks for both pings.....which one are we using ?


34 posted on 03/16/2005 10:12:16 AM PST by Neenah
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To: Right Brother

Ouch! (Great picture though) I did hear, I believe on Fox, that he would be spending his death row at San Quentin (sp). That IS a death sentence even in California.


35 posted on 03/16/2005 10:12:18 AM PST by poobear
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To: Howlin

The whole Peterson clan, classy to the end....


36 posted on 03/16/2005 10:12:25 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: Howlin
Judge ruled Scott has to go to the gas chamber, or does Cali. do injections? Either way it will be a loooong time for an actual execution (Heck, the way the Courts in Cali are I surprised they even have a DP).
37 posted on 03/16/2005 10:13:22 AM PST by rollo tomasi (Working hard to pay for deadbeats and corrupt politicians)
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To: Howlin

Thanks, have switched to it. Rose Rocha speaking now.


38 posted on 03/16/2005 10:13:47 AM PST by jacquej
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To: Tijeras_Slim

Exactly!


39 posted on 03/16/2005 10:14:04 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Howlin
Amber Frey's "father" makes me ill.

IF he had taken the time and raised her properly she may not be such a loser. Maybe after her second illegitimate child she'll wake up!
40 posted on 03/16/2005 10:14:06 AM PST by nmh (Intelligent people recognize Intelligent Design (God).)
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To: Tijeras_Slim
The whole Peterson clan, classy to the end....

lol, ain't that the truth. Unbelievable.

41 posted on 03/16/2005 10:14:49 AM PST by Annie03
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To: Howlin

Lee Peterson (L) and Jackie Peterson arrive at the courthouse in Redwood City, California, March 16, 2005. The Petersons were attending the formal sentencing of their son, Scott Peterson, who was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and their unborn child. REUTERS/Monica Davey/POOL

Defense attorney Mark Geragos arrives at the courthouse in Redwood City, March 16, 2005. The attorneys were attending the formal sentencing of their client Scott Peterson, who was convicted of two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife and their unborn child. REUTERS/Tony Avelar/POOL

42 posted on 03/16/2005 10:15:01 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: nmh

Turn off FOX !! They are readng impact statements on CTV. Fox is almost tabloid.


43 posted on 03/16/2005 10:15:33 AM PST by Neenah
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To: Annie03

Mark Geragos will NOT handle appellate.

JACKIE and LEE outburst in courtroom.. called brent a liar. said scott is innocent. Judge ordered quiet.

Amy is on the stand; she's crying, calling him a monster. Conner never even saw the face of the voice he knew as his mother. You are sick and you deserve everything coming to you; no punishment will ever compare to the punishment God will give you when you die.


44 posted on 03/16/2005 10:16:04 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: Neenah

uring Brents VIS Jackie yells out Scott didn't do it and Lee calls Brent a Liar and now both Jackie and lee are out of the court rom per the judge


45 posted on 03/16/2005 10:16:28 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: TexKat

How convenient. Jackie wearing her oxygen again. She wasn't wearing it a couple weeks ago when the Petersons broke into Laci's house to loot other things they wanted.


46 posted on 03/16/2005 10:16:56 AM PST by Annie03
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To: TexKat

More:

BK says Judge has not sentenced. VI statements to eb given beginning with Brent R. Brent speaks directly to SP:

It's not easy to easy to get up here. Everything you put us through, our family, your family, you've been sheltered in your jail cell. You have no idea what we've really been goin through. I don't know how much you understand or comprehend, how much feeling you can have but I'm going to do it anyway. Maybe your arrogance is a coping mechanism but sooner or later you're going to have to face what you have done. You'll have to face the choices you have made. It's not right to take someone's life. Duid you really hate Laci and Conner that much or do you just not like yourself? You still go on as if nothing has happened. Why do you act as if you better than everyone else? Becauseyour parent's gave you money or because you can play a good golf game? You killed L and C because you were living beyond your means, your delusional life would have been overif Conner came into the picture. We sat by the pool and you told me that you were down. I know what the truth is and you're denying it.

Lee and Jackie start screaming at Brent Liar, etc. Lee leaves. Peterson circus has erupted.


47 posted on 03/16/2005 10:17:14 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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Wow.....Brent told Scott; "When they take you to the execution room, look out the window to Brooks Island and you will know that Laci and Conner have come to take you away."

Whew!!!

48 posted on 03/16/2005 10:17:16 AM PST by TexKat (Just because you did not see it or read it, that does not mean it did or did not happen.)
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To: Annie03

Dear God, look:

From Brent:

"it's a sad thing you've brought our mothers to" "It was somewhat gratifying to see the noose tightening around your neck"" when you walk to the execution room you'll look out the window and see Brooks bay," something about knowing Laci has come to take him away? something like that


49 posted on 03/16/2005 10:17:52 AM PST by Howlin (Free the Eason Jordan Tape!!!)
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To: dead
"It just needs a couple of midgets."

This goes without saying.

Be honest, what situation wouldn't be improved with a couple of midgets?

50 posted on 03/16/2005 10:18:02 AM PST by Mad Dawgg ("`Eddies,' said Ford, `in the space-time continuum.' `Ah,' nodded Arthur, `is he? Is he?'")
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