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  • Scott Peterson Appeals Murder Conviction

    07/06/2012 11:18:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies
    NBC San Diego ^ | Friday, Jul 6, 2012 | R. Stickney
    The day his wife's body was officially identified, Peterson was arrested near Torrey Pines golf courseConvicted killer Scott Peterson is appealing his 2004 death sentence claiming he had nothing to do with the murders of his wife Laci and their unborn son Connor. The San Diego native was convicted of the murders in 2004 and sentenced to death. He's currently being held in San Quentin State Prison. Peterson's attorney Cliff Gardner filed an appeal with the California Supreme Court late Thursday claiming Peterson was unable to get a fair trial due to the overwhelming publicity the trial received along with...
  • Scott Peterson Wants a Handout (Would you pay to try to prove Peterson's innocence?)

    07/24/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 696+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | Tony Shin
    It has been five years since a Northern California jury convicted Scott Peterson for killing his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner. It has been five years since a Northern California jury convicted Scott Peterson for killing his wife Laci and their unborn son Conner. Since then, Peterson's family members have stood by his side, proclaiming his innocence. Now, it appears they want the public to help them pay to prove it. On the family's website,, family members wrote a message saying there was good news to report. Peterson's appeals process was moving forward. But the website also...
  • Peterson: Five Years Later

    12/24/2007 1:48:49 PM PST · by Diver Dave · 10 replies · 202+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | Dec 23 - 24, 2007 | Garth Stapley
    Garth Stapley, one of The Modesto Bee's lead reporters on the Scott and Laci Peterson case, shares the story behind the story in a column Sunday. He describes staking out jurors in a parking garage and debunking a defense theory that Laci was captured by Satanists.
  • Scott Peterson can't collect on murdered wife's insurance, court rules

    10/31/2007 8:08:27 PM PDT · by SmithL · 12 replies · 69+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 10/31/7 | Bob Egelko
    FRESNO - Scott Peterson, sentenced to death for murdering his wife, Laci, and her fetus in 2002, isn't entitled to the proceeds of her $250,000 life insurance policy, a state appeals court ruled today. The Fifth District Court of Appeal in Fresno upheld a Stanislaus County judge's ruling that Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, the administrator of her estate, should get the insurance money. The Petersons, who lived in Modesto, took out insurance policies on each other in 2001. Laci Peterson disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002, when she was eight months pregnant. Her remains were found on the Richmond shoreline...
  • Wyoming Governor Misleads Constituents on Laci Peterson Bill Veto

    04/04/2007 4:45:47 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 6 replies · 455+ views
    Life News ^ | 4/4/07 | Steven Ertelt
    Cheyenne, WY ( -- Last month, Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal vetoed a measure approved by the state legislature that would protect pregnant women and their unborn children from acts of violence. The bill would allow prosecutors to charge criminals with two crimes when they kill a pregnant woman like Laci Peterson and her unborn child. In a form letter Freudenthal's office disseminated at the end of last week to constituents who contacted him supporting the bill, the governor's policy analyst Robert Black misleads voters about the reasons why the governor vetoed the bill. Black cites the Supreme Court's 1973 abortion...
  • Human head found in woman's luggage (emerging Haiti democracy alert)

    02/10/2006 1:53:59 PM PST · by farlander · 74 replies · 1,492+ views ^ | 02/10/2006
    A woman faces charges after a US baggage search found a human skull with teeth, hair and skin in her luggage at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, Florida officials have said. Haitian Myrlene Severe, 30, a permanent US resident, arrived on Thursday afternoon from Cap Haitien, Haiti, aboard a Lynx International Airlines Flight, said US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miami.
  • Scott Peterson's parents hire appellate lawyers

    12/28/2005 1:47:31 PM PST · by SmithL · 92 replies · 1,846+ views
    AP ^ | 12/28/5
    MODESTO, Calif. - The parents of condemned murderer Scott Peterson hired two noted attorneys to begin his appeals. "Since he is innocent, we don't want him sitting there any longer than he has to," Lee Peterson, the former fertilizer salesman's father, said Tuesday. Peterson was convicted Nov. 12, 2004, in the murders of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Death sentences are automatically appealed in California, but it can sometimes take several years for inmates to receive a state-appointed attorney. Peterson's trial lawyer Mark Geragos could have handled the appeals but said he felt the case warrants...
  • Mother writes of Laci's life, the trial (Laci Peterson)

    12/28/2005 7:50:24 AM PST · by LouAvul · 7 replies · 500+ views
    modbee ^ | 12-28-05
    The unspeakable grief of losing a child and grandchild to family murder crashes down in every chapter of "For Laci," a book by Laci Peterson's mother scheduled to hit bookshelves Saturday. "You wake up from most nightmares and they're over," Sharon Rocha wrote in the book's opening line. "Mine was different." Most of the eight books published about Modesto's blockbuster double-murder case have focused on Scott Peterson, who arrived on death row in March. In contrast, Rocha's book — subtitled "A Mother's Story of Love, Loss and Justice" — provides by far the best look at the soul of the...
  • CA: Judge rules Laci Peterson's life insurance money goes to mother

    10/21/2005 4:21:30 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 707+ views
    ap on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 10/21/05 | ap - FResno
    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - A judge has ruled that the $250,000 life insurance policy that Scott Peterson had taken out on his wife will go instead to her mother. Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Roger Beauchesne said Friday that because Scott Peterson was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried, he is not entitled to collect the benefits of her life insurance policy. Under state law, criminals cannot profit from their crimes. The judge said the money should go to the executor of her estate, which is Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha. Scott Peterson was...
  • Wife of Calif. Defense Attorney Found Dead

    10/16/2005 6:06:30 AM PDT · by I_saw_the_light · 58 replies · 2,825+ views
    AP via Yahooo ^ | 10/16/05 | AP
    LAFAYETTE, Calif. - The wife of prominent defense attorney and TV legal analyst Daniel Horowitz was found slain in the couple's San Francisco area home, police said. Horowitz called 911 Saturday evening to report that the body of his wife, 52-year-old Pamela Vitale, was in the entryway of their home in an upscale neighborhood, police said. The woman's identity has not been confirmed by authorities, but "based on what we know, it's believed to be the wife of Daniel Horowitz," said Contra Costa Sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee. Authorities would not release details of how the victim died, but said it...
  • Rochas suing for wrongful death

    06/14/2005 10:34:28 AM PDT · by Sally II · 20 replies · 689+ views
    The Modesto Bee ^ | June 14, 2005 | Susan Herendeen
    Sharon Rocha and her exhusband are pressing forward with a wrongful death lawsuit against Scott Peterson, and on Monday a Stanislaus County Superior Court judge said the case will go to trial next spring. Their daughter's husband is on death row, Scott and Laci Peterson's Covena Avenue home in Modesto has been sold, and money from an insurance policy on Laci Peterson will go to Sharon Rocha. But the grieving parents don't want to leave any stone unturned. "We just want to make sure there's a very substantial judgment in there — that Mr. Peterson never sees any green from...
  • Laci Peterson's Mother Writing Book, Geragos Talks About Scott - (to Larry King...CYA maneuver)

    06/08/2005 5:11:10 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 13 replies · 634+ views
    The mother of murder victim Laci Peterson is writing a book about her experiences. Sharon Rocha is expected to provide a revealing look at the celebrated Laci Peterson murder case in her book, “For Laci.” The book has been listed on the website of Crown Publishing, a division of Random House. Peterson’s stepfather, Ron Grantski, told the Modesto Bee that he would be helping Rocha write the book. “A lot of truths haven't been told, and I kind of think they should be,” Grantski said. "Everyone has written little bits and pieces. This story is going to be a good...
  • Bloggers & Personal

    05/11/2005 1:56:29 AM PDT · by Changing Worldviews · 260+ views
    Changing Worldviews ^ | 5/9/05 | Sharon Hughes
    How is it that Amber Frey and Laci Peterson missed Scott Peterson's 'dangerous'? My guest on Monday's show, Sandra Brown, author of "How to Spot a Dangerous Man", gave very important information that everyone should know, especially women, but men will also find it very helpful as a tool to equip their daughters and sisters, mothers. She described the 8 kinds of non-violent dangerous men there are, and why so many women go through several unhealthy relationships before they get what's going on. Being able to recognize a 'dangerous man' without becoming paranoid is the goal, as well as understanding...
  • Laci's parents amend suit

    03/30/2005 8:17:21 AM PST · by RushCrush · 10 replies · 473+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3-30-05 | Howard Breuer
    LOS ANGELES — Laci Peterson's parents now want to exact an even pricier revenge on their killer son-in-law — to the tune of $25 million. Sharon Rocha and her husband, Ron Grantski, amended their $5 million wrongful-death suit against Scott Peterson this week, arguing that a larger judgment against him "would send a message . . . that such vicious and outrageous savagery inflicted by one human being shall be met with the severest of civil penalties."
  • Scott Peterson Gets Marriage Proposals

    03/27/2005 5:10:46 PM PST · by wagglebee · 35 replies · 2,295+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 3/27/05 | Carl Limbacher
    Is there a shortage of eligible bachelors, or an overabundance of insecure women – or both? That's a legitimate question, especially in lieu of the fact that convicted murderer Scott Peterson was on death row less than an hour before he got his first marriage proposal, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Any murder is bad enough, to be sure. But perhaps the oddest thing about Peterson's marriage proposal is that the ex-California fertilizer salesman was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife. "Three dozen phone calls came in to the warden's office on Peterson's first day at his new home in...
  • Scott Peterson sentenced to death

    03/16/2005 10:15:56 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 252 replies · 7,614+ views
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A judge has sentenced Scott Peterson to death for the slayings of his wife and her fetus.
  • Misconduct by professor found

    01/25/2005 6:09:30 AM PST · by runningbear · 32 replies · 1,270+ views
    Modesto Bee ^ | 01/25/2005 | Melanie Turner
    Misconduct by professor foundStan State panel recommends discipline over Peterson survey
  • Scott Peterson: Another 'Planned Parenthood'

    01/01/2005 11:45:28 PM PST · by jimluke01 · 19 replies · 900+ views ^ | 01/01/05 | J. Matt Barber
    SCOTT PETERSON: ANOTHER ‘PLANNED PARENTHOOD' Posted by master on 2005/1/1 17:37:53 By J. Matt Barber The media latched on to the story like a pit-bull to a poodle – It’s been a perfect obsession. Coverage of the case has saturated the airwaves for over two years, with the Fox News Channel taking the lead…OK Greta, on the record – we get it – enough already! As nearly everyone on the planet knows by now, former Modesto, California fertilizer salesman Scott Peterson was recently convicted of double murder for killing his 27-year-old wife Laci, and the couple’s unborn son Conner. It...
  • Frey: Let Scott rot

    12/30/2004 11:30:36 AM PST · by Tarpaulin · 85 replies · 2,450+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | MAKI BECKER
    The death penalty is too easy for Scott Peterson, who should be forced to rot in prison for years reliving his crime, his former mistress believes. Amber Frey, the willowy blond masseuse whose steely testimony about his web of deceptions sealed his fate, told NBC's Matt Lauer she would have preferred for Peterson to be sentenced to life in prison instead. "I felt life [in prison] gives him every day to live with what has happened," she said in her first interview since her ex-lover's conviction. The interview also came just days before her memoir "Witness: For the Prosecution of...
  • The Wecht harangue

    12/24/2004 12:35:25 PM PST · by Willie Green · 16 replies · 776+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, December 24, 2004 | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Dr. Cyril Wecht, the Allegheny County coroner, is as brilliant as he is bombastic. And he is very brilliant. I genuinely like him, but sometimes he infuriates all of us. His dismissive comments about Christians a few days ago border on religious bigotry. He disagrees. Wecht had been hired by the defense as a consultant in the Scott Peterson murder trial. He did his own autopsy on Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Connor. Peterson, as stone cold a murderer as there is, killed his pregnant wife and dumped the body in the San Francisco Bay, while having an affair,...
  • Many New or Expectant Mothers Die Violent Deaths

    12/19/2004 2:49:24 PM PST · by wagglebee · 20 replies · 744+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12/19/04 | Donna St. George
    Their killings produced only a few headlines, but across the country in the last decade, hundreds of pregnant women and new mothers have been slain. Even as Scott Peterson's trial became a public fascination, little was said about how often is happens, why, and whether it is a fluke or a social syndrome. First of three articlesTheir deaths passed quietly. Tara Chambers, 29, was gunned down on a June morning inside her North Carolina home. Rebecca Johnson, 16, was shot in the chest as she sat in a pickup truck in Oklahoma. Ana Diaz, 28, was killed in a parking...
  • BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Two jury members were kicked off, the foreman was ousted, and the case...

    12/16/2004 1:27:36 PM PST · by SmithL · 32 replies · 1,871+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/4 | Diana Walsh, Stacy Finz
    BEHIND CLOSED DOORS Two jury members were kicked off, the foreman was ousted, and the case was nearly deadlocked. Now jurors in the Scott Peterson case tell the story of their decision to sentence him to death. It was to be their final vote, and few in the room thought they had reached a consensus. The Scott Peterson jury had spent six months together, judged him guilty of first- and second-degree murder, but when it came to sentencing him to death or to life in prison without the possibility of parole, there appeared to be one holdout: Juror No. 2,...
  • Jurors reach verdict in penalty phase of Scott Peterson's trial

    12/14/2004 5:35:08 AM PST · by runningbear · 140 replies · 1,694+ views ^ | 12/13/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Yes, by now, the world knows finality of Scott Peterson murder trial!:Jurors reach verdict in penalty phase of Scott Peterson's trial REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — A jury announced Monday it has reached a verdict in the penalty phase of Scott Peterson's murder trial. The panel is expected to deliver the verdict at 1:30 p.m. PT at the San Mateo County Courthouse. Peterson, 31, faces either the death penalty or life in prison without parole for the murders of his wife and unborn son. The six men and six women reached their verdict after deliberating for about 12 hours over three...
  • What will death row be like for Peterson? (From someone on death row)

    12/13/2004 5:04:17 PM PST · by BJungNan · 160 replies · 7,352+ views
    GoGov ^ | Michael Hunter
    What will death row be like for Peterson? A considerable amount of mail flows into my cell from people out there in the world asking what it's really like living day-to-day on San Quentin's Death Row. I'm always tempted to quip, its's a hell f a lot better than dying here. But then I really don't know if that's true -- yet. I answer every letter even if the writer is rapidly pro-death penalty. It's easy for me to understand their attraction to the concept of killing convicted murderers. In the abstract, the death penalty has an elegant Newtonian --...
  • Jury Recommends Execution for Peterson

    12/13/2004 3:59:13 PM PST · by No Surrender Monkey · 50 replies · 2,355+ views
    AP ^ | Mon, Dec 13, 2004 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - A jury decided Monday that Scott Peterson (news - web sites) should be executed for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, whose Christmas Eve disappearance two years ago was the opening act in a legal drama that captivated the nation. A cheer went up outside the courtroom as the jury announced its decision after 11 1/2 hours of deliberations over three days. The jury had two options in deciding the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman's fate: life in prison without parole or death by injection. Peterson clenched his jaw when the verdict was read and leaned over to...
  • Peterson decision at 1:30 PST! (Decision is in-Sentence is DEATH)

    12/13/2004 11:38:45 AM PST · by kcvl · 536 replies · 35,818+ views
    Fox News...
  • Life or Death Scott Peterson Courttv blog

    12/13/2004 6:03:33 AM PST · by runningbear · 1,077 replies · 9,278+ views ^ | 12/10/04
    START OF THE MONDAY QUARTERBACKING DECISION:Courttv Blog4:00 p.m. PT In an apparent move to avoid the crowd of reporters and citizens outside the courthouse, the jurors are taken out of court through an underground parking garage instead of their usual exit on the sidewalk. Beth Karas and I are standing outside the garage when the two sheriff's vans pull out. I can see the Teamster seated in the front passenger seat of the first van. A photographer from the Modesto Bee is standing with us and he begins taking photos. The court officer driving the first van slams on the...

    12/10/2004 11:22:48 PM PST · by kattracks · 37 replies · 905+ views
    New York Post ^ | 12/11/04 | HOWARD BREUER
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's jury failed to reach a decision yesterday after deliberating all day. The jury will be sequestered for the weekend and resume deliberations Monday on whether he should get a lethal injection for killing his wife, Laci, and their unborn son, Conner. For the first time since the trial began, Peterson failed to show up in court. But had the jury reached a verdict, he would have been brought in to hear it.
  • Jurors begin deliberating possible death sentence for Scott Peterson

    12/10/2004 5:47:29 AM PST · by runningbear · 414 replies · 4,990+ views ^ | 12/09/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Jurors begin deliberating possible death sentence for Scott Peterson REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Jurors began deliberating Thursday whether Scott Peterson should be put to death for the murders of his pregnant wife and unborn child. The six men and six women spent two hours weighing evidence before retiring for the night to the hotel where they will be sequestered until reaching a verdict. They are to resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Friday. The jurors started their work after listening to impassioned closing arguments in which a prosecutor described Peterson as "the worst of the worst" and deserving of the ultimate...
  • Life or Death Blog trial of Scott Peterson

    12/09/2004 5:59:09 AM PST · by runningbear · 805 replies · 8,556+ views ^ | 12/08/04
    Life or death Blog trial of scott petersonWEDNESDAY, DEC. 8, 2004 2:19 p.m. PT The Court TV team covering the Peterson case may be missing this year's company party in New York tomorrow, but we did get some holiday cheer here in Redwood City courtesy of a dedicated fan. An Escalon, Calif., man who would only identify himself as Jeff came out to meet our very own Nancy Grace — but he didn't come alone. He brought his pet goat named Butthead, who was dressed up in full reindeer regalia. Man and beast were all smiles when they left.—Bryan Lavietes...
  • Peterson's Mother Takes Stand

    12/08/2004 4:07:47 PM PST · by stm · 50 replies · 1,211+ views
    FNC ^ | 08 Dec 04 | AP
    I freakin' love it......"He's an exceptional young man and he's my son," she said. "I know he's not perfect ... but he is genuinely a loving, caring, nurturing, kind, gentle person." everyone except his 9 month pregnat wife and unborn child that is....he killed them in cold blood. Apart from that small detail he's a wonderful person!!! A frail-looking Jackie Peterson (search) tearfully pleaded with jurors Wednesday to spare her son's life, saying that "if you were to take Scott away from us ... we would lose a whole family." "It would be like Laci never existed," she said, crying...
  • On the Sidelines: Greta

    12/08/2004 5:37:03 AM PST · by runningbear · 273 replies · 4,455+ views ^ | 12/08/04 | Greta Van Susteren
    Want Greta's blog delivered directly to your e-mail box? Click here to sign up! It If you heard my "tease" out of the first segment Monday night, you expected at some point during the show to hear from the lawyer in the Peterson (search) case who represented the bartender who was "accused" of having a discussion about the trial with a sitting juror.
  • Witnesses: Jury Wrongly Convicted Peterson

    12/07/2004 6:15:31 AM PST · by crushelits · 725 replies · 7,548+ views ^ | Tuesday, December 07, 2004 | AP
    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...
  • Coach, principal and others recall Scott Peterson fondly

    12/07/2004 5:32:12 AM PST · by runningbear · 212 replies · 1,957+ views ^ | 12/06/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Coach, principal and others recall Scott Peterson fondly REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's high school golf coach and his sixth-grade principal were among 14 witnesses to testify Monday as his defense team continued its effort to persuade a jury the convicted killer does not deserve the death penalty. "He was one of the finest young men that I coached," David Thoennes told the six men and six women who are expected to begin deliberating Peterson's fate later this week. "I never saw Scott lose his temper," said Thoennes, who coached the golf team at Peterson's Catholic high school in...
  • Family, friends plead with jurors to spare Scott Peterson from execution

    12/06/2004 5:45:11 AM PST · by runningbear · 120 replies · 1,705+ views ^ | 12/03/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Family, friends plead with jurors to spare Scott Peterson from executionREDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Scott Peterson's brother, sisters-in-law and former schoolmates took the stand in the penalty phase of his capital trial Thursday and urged jurors not to sentence him to death for the murders of his pregnant wife and unborn son. "I would be devastated. I can't even imagine. I'd be wrecked," said his half-brother, John. Staring toward the defense table, he added, "My little brother, I love him." Another witness, Aaron Fritz, a friend of Peterson since high school, said a verdict of death "would be a horrendous...
  • Peterson Family's Plea To Jury

    12/02/2004 5:44:44 AM PST · by runningbear · 441 replies · 6,839+ views
    CBSnews ^ | 12/02/04
    Peterson Family's Plea To JuryCBS/AP) Friends and family began fighting for Scott Peterson's life today, telling jurors about a loving man they know as a do-gooder not a cold blooded killer. A day after the mother of Peterson's dead wife Laci attacked the man from the witness stand, defense lawyers presented a much calmer, detailed effort to spare the former fertilizer salesman from a death sentence. They worked to humanize Peterson and the family that has supported him. He was a good boy, a great student and a fine golfer, they said. He was generous, thoughtful and, very simply, did...
  • Prosecutor: Scott Peterson deserves death for killing his wife, unborn son

    12/01/2004 5:34:02 AM PST · by runningbear · 288 replies · 5,340+ views
    CourtTV ^ | 11/30/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Prosecutor: Scott Peterson deserves death for killing his wife, unborn son REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — The penalty phase in Scott Peterson's capital trial began Tuesday morning with a prosecutor telling jurors the fertilizer salesman deserves the ultimate punishment for the murders of his wife and unborn son. "Based on the circumstances of this crime, the only appropriate, just punishment is death," prosecutor Dave Harris told the panel. The six men and six women convicted the 32-year-old of first-degree murder in the slaying of his wife, Laci, and of second-degree murder for the death of the child they planned to name...
  • Jurors face difficult decision over Scott Peterson's fate

    11/30/2004 5:32:57 AM PST · by runningbear · 215 replies · 4,125+ views ^ | 11/28/04 | Harriet Ryan
    Jurors face difficult decision over Scott Peterson's fate SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — If the experience of those involved in past death penalty cases is any guide, the jurors in Scott Peterson's murder trial will have to grapple with raw and deep religious, moral and legal issues as they decide whether he lives or dies. Arguments in the penalty phase are scheduled to begin Tuesday, but experts say many of the jurors may already have made up their minds about what punishment the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman deserves. In 2001, a California jury faced a case that holds some similarities to...
  • Peterson jurors face wrenching choice, but may have minds made up about punishment

    11/27/2004 10:52:10 AM PST · by SmithL · 8 replies · 670+ views
    AP ^ | 11/27/4 | PAUL ELIAS
    SAN FRANCISCO -- He was a philandering husband convicted of the shocking murder of his young and very pregnant wife. His name wasn't Scott Peterson, though. It was Todd Garton, and in 2001, a California jury said he deserved to die. "I signed the document that the jury found for death and I think about that a lot," said Fred Castagna, who served as jury foreman. "It was emotional during deliberations, but I don't lose sleep over it." If the experience of Castagna and others involved in death penalty cases is any guide, the jurors in Peterson's murder trial will...
  • Spector hires OJ's lawyer for murder case

    02/04/2003 3:26:33 PM PST · by MadIvan · 13 replies · 511+ views
    The Times ^ | February 5, 2003 | Chris Ayres
    PHIL SPECTOR, the record producer charged with murder, has employed O. J. Simpson’s lawyer to lead his defence. Robert Shapiro, who secured a not guilty verdict for Mr Simpson, was asked to represent Mr Spector shortly after his release on bail of $1 million (£600,000) yesterday. Mr Simpson, a former American football star, was acquitted of double murder in 1995. Mr Spector, 62, was charged after police found the body of a woman at his mock château in Alhambra, a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. She had been shot dead. The police named the victim as Lana Clarkson, 40, an...
  • O.J. Simpson expresses sympathy for Scott Peterson

    08/23/2003 6:23:52 AM PDT · by friendly · 37 replies · 361+ views (Reuters) ^ | August 22, 2003 | Staff Writers
    Former football star O.J. Simpson, who was found liable for the murder of his wife in a civil trial, expressed sympathy in an interview released Friday for Scott Peterson, who is accused of killing his pregnant wife. "Look at Scott Peterson," Simpson told Playboy Magazine. "Ask anyone in America about him. They'll say the guy is guilty. But we haven't heard one shred of evidence." Fertilizer salesman Peterson of Modesto, California, is accused of killing his wife Laci last Christmas Eve and dumping her body into the San Francisco Bay. A preliminary hearing in the case starts next month. In...
  • Peterson defense seeks new jury, county for penalty phase

    11/17/2004 5:13:28 PM PST · by SmithL · 18 replies · 543+ views
    AP ^ | 11/17/4 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) -- Scott Peterson's defense lawyers want to seat a new jury in another county to weigh whether Peterson deserves to die for the murders of his pregnant wife and the fetus she carried, according to a motion filed Wednesday. Defense lawyer Mark Geragos filed the motion in San Mateo County Superior Court. The details will not be made public until after Judge Alfred A. Delucchi reviews the file Monday morning before the scheduled start of the penalty phase. The 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman was convicted Friday on one count of first-degree murder in the death of...
  • Peterson Seeks New Jury for Penalty Phase

    11/18/2004 6:30:31 AM PST · by Tarpaulin · 4 replies · 360+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | BRIAN SKOLOFF, Associated Press
    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Scott Peterson (news - web sites)'s attorney wants a new jury in a different county to decide whether the former fertilizer salesman gets the death penalty or life in prison without parole for killing his wife and the fetus she carried. Defense lawyer Mark Geragos made the request in a motion filed Wednesday in San Mateo County Superior Court. The details will not be made public until after Judge Alfred A. Delucchi reviews the file before the scheduled start of the penalty phase Monday morning, which could now be delayed. The motion marks the second time...
  • Peterson trial cost nearly $2.5 million

    11/18/2004 2:13:39 PM PST · by LouAvul · 14 replies · 479+ views
    modbee ^ | 11-18-04
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The cost to investigate, arrest and prosecute Scott Peterson for the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci, has reached nearly $2.5 million so far, and state taxpayers might have to pick up the tab. Estimating that the costs could reach $5 million with appeals, Republican state Sen. Jeff Denham said he will introduce a bill when the Legislature convenes next month to get the state to cover 100 percent of the bills. Authorities in Stanislaus County and Modesto, where Scott and Laci Peterson lived, have spent about $2.1 million so far. San Mateo County, where the...
  • :Do you think Scot Peterson will get the Death Penalty?

    11/20/2004 7:21:35 PM PST · by BellStar · 56 replies · 1,901+ views
    Jarbo Bayou Times ^ | 11/20/04 | JBT
    Please Freep this poll!Do you think Scot Peterson will get the Death Penalty?
  • Peterson could have view of bay where wife, child found

    11/21/2004 2:27:45 PM PST · by LouAvul · 21 replies · 895+ views
    modbee ^ | 11-21-04
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - 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...
  • Peterson Judge Reschedules Penalty Phase

    11/22/2004 12:01:25 PM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 377+ views
    TBO ^ | Nov 22, 2004 | Brian Skoloff
    The judge in the Scott Peterson murder trial denied defense motions Monday for a new jury and a new venue for the penalty phase of the case, and rescheduled the process to begin Nov. 30. The penalty phase had been set to begin Monday, 10 days after Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Laci Peterson and second-degree murder for killing her fetus. Jurors must choose between a life sentence or execution. "We're going to have to go with this jury," Judge Alfred A. Delucci said in rejecting the defense arguments. Defense lawyer Mark Geragos argued that a...
  • Peterson May Join 'The Qs' Infamous Death Row

    11/22/2004 5:44:14 AM PST · by runningbear · 167 replies · 6,169+ views
    KTVU TV ^ | 11/22/04
    Peterson May Join 'The Qs' Infamous Death Row SAN QUENTIN -- If Scott Peterson is condemned to die he would become the latest addition to a 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. Ironically, Peterson could also catch an occasional glimpse across the San Francisco Bay waters of the spot where he launched his boat on Christmas Eve 2002, not far from where the bodies of his pregnant wife and unborn child eventually...
  • Legalities hold site captive (Scott Peterson cannot sell Laci's home)

    11/20/2004 6:23:36 AM PST · by LouAvul · 25 replies · 790+ views
    modbee ^ | 11-20-04
    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...
  • As Peterson's lawyer prepares for penalty phase, he also faces ethics attack

    11/17/2004 5:34:03 AM PST · by runningbear · 66 replies · 1,493+ views
    Court TV ^ | 11/16/04 | Harriet Ryan
    As Peterson's lawyer prepares for penalty phase, he also faces ethics attack As he tries to save Scott Peterson from death row, Mark Geragos may have another worry: disciplinary action from the California bar. On Friday, the same day a Redwood City jury convicted Peterson of capital murder, a Florida civil lawyer mailed a formal complaint against Geragos to the state bar alleging the high-profile Los Angeles attorney violated ethical rules with the display of a fishing boat near the courthouse during deliberations. The lawyer, John Thompson, is not connected to the Peterson case and learned of the boat only...