California Supreme Court orders re-examination of the murder conviction of Scott Peterson

Scott Peterson's Murder Convictions for Wife and Son Reexamined

Peterson was convicted of murdering his wife Laci and their unborn son 18 years ago and was sentenced to death, but that sentence was reversed in August.

Investigators said that on Christmas Eve 2002, Peterson dumped the bodies of his wife and unborn son from his fishing boat into the San Francisco Bay, where they surfaced months later.

Scott Peterson's convictions for the murder of wife Laci Peterson and their unborn son, Conner, may be overturned.

Peterson was finally arrested after Amber Frey, a therapeutic massage therapist dwelling in Fresno, advised police that that they had begun relationship a month earlier than his spouse's loss of life, however that he had advised her she was useless. "And I guess if there's a blessing or a silver lining, it's that [the case was] in front of the Supreme Court". The court said Peterson contents his trial was flawed for many reasons, starting with the amount of pretrial publicity.

On Thursday, Geragos asserted that at trial, they complained about what he called "stealth jurors" who lied to get on the case.

Nice filed a lawsuit to obtain a restraining order against the woman, saying she feared for her unborn child.

Last Aug. 24, the California Supreme Court overturned the death sentence for Peterson. News, Peterson's lawyer stated, "We are certainly pleased that, as it did in reversing Scott's penalty on direct appeal, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of a fairly selected jury". Nice was initially an alternate juror in Peterson's trial, but she replaced a discharged juror during deliberations. She published a book with several other jurors about their experience during the 2004 trial.

They added in a unanimous decision that a juror may not be dismissed merely because he or she has expressed opposition to the death penalty as a general matter.

His attorneys have previously claimed Nice deceived the judge to get on the jury for the high profile case. Even though her employer would pay for only two weeks of jury service, Nice said she was willing to forgo months of pay to serve.

Frey admitted that they were having an affair and the affair began November 20 after Peterson told her he was a widower.

"We reject Peterson's claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder", the court statement said in a USA Today report.

Loyola's Levinson said the errors the judge made in the Peterson case and the possible juror misconduct raised questions about less visible death penalty trials.

Yet when asked as a potential juror whether she had ever been a crime victim or involved in a lawsuit, she answered no, Peterson's attorneys told the Times.



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