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« Reply #120 on: Feb 14th, 2005, 09:24am »

Rocha Seeks Reimbursement for Peterson Investigation

Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, was at the State Capitol on Thursday looking for a sponsor for legislation to reimburse the City of Modesto for the cost of investigating her daughter's case.

Sen. Jackie Speier, D-Hillsborough, agreed to author the measure, which has to be introduced by next week’s deadline.

The city estimates it spent $1 million investigating the Peterson case, including $100,000 in overtime pay for officers. Laci Peterson was reported missing on Christmas Eve 2002. In the months that followed, Modesto police officers spent thousands of hours running down leads and sifting through evidence in the case.

Nearly three years after Laci Peterson disappeared, her husband Scott was convicted of killing her and the couple's unborn son. The jury in the case recommended that Peterson receive the death penalty.

Speier said it is unfair that the city is left holding the bill for the extensive probe into the murder. "The irony here is that my understanding is that Mr. Peterson's defense attorney has been fully paid," she said.

The City of Modesto said the huge expense of the Peterson investigation has left it unable to hire eight additional officers needed by the police department.

In addition to the investigation expenses sought by the City of Modesto, Stanislaus County is seeking reimbursement for the trial costs. Current state law has a provision making counties eligible for reimbursement of costs connected with "extraordinary" trials, but cities are not entitled to be repaid for investigations. There is fear lawmakers will resist a change in the law because of the current budget crisis.
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xx Laci Bill
« Reply #121 on: Feb 16th, 2005, 06:57am »

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A bill that would make it a crime to commit acts of violence against the unborn has passed the West Virginia Senate.

The measure is nicknamed the "Laci Bill" after California murder victim Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant when she was killed in 2002.

The bill now goes to the House, where it's expected to pass.

The Legislature approved the same legislation last year, only to see it vetoed by former Gov. Bob Wise. Last week Gov. Manchin said he would sign the bill.

Only Senators Dan Foster and Brooks McCabe, both of Kanawha County, voted against the measure.

Foster, who is a doctor, argued that it would not increase protections for pregnant women. He also said the proposals relating to unborn children less than 20 weeks old could affect the state's future role in embryonic stem cell research.

The bill would make it a separate crime to commit acts of violence against an embryo or fetus. Those crimes include murder, voluntary manslaughter, battery and domestic assault. The provisions do not apply to abortions or to scientific research involving embryos no longer in the womb
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xx Laci Peterson's stepfather lobbies Legislature to
« Reply #122 on: Feb 22nd, 2005, 08:06am »

Laci Peterson's stepfather lobbies Legislature to pass bill

It would add charges in pregnant women's deaths

KOBBI R. BLAIR | STATESMAN JOURNAL
Laci Peterson's stepfather, Ron Grantski, speaks Monday at the Capitol after testifying at a public hearing about Oregon's House Bill 2020.

BY NIKI SULLIVAN
The Associated Press
February 22, 2005


Laci Peterson's stepfather visited Oregon's Capitol on Monday to lobby for a bill that would create separate charges for killing a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

Peterson is the pregnant woman whose husband was convicted last year of murdering her and the baby she was carrying. In the highly publicized trial, Scott Peterson was convicted of a double murder and given the death sentence.

Laci's stepfather, Ron Grantski, testified in Oregon in support of a bill introduced by House Speaker Karen Minnis, R-Wood Village.

"When somebody takes that grandchild, son or daughter away from you, that's murder," Grantski said in a news conference after his testimony.




Because the bill would recognize the unborn child with a separate criminal charge, supporters of abortion rights have criticized the proposal, saying that it would chip away at a woman's right to have an abortion.

Grantski, who favors abortion rights, said that the bill exempts abortion and doesn't have anything to do with the abortion debate.

During his testimony, Grantski described the agony of losing a wanted, expected grandchild and urged lawmakers to pass the bill.

"You've gotta have justice for both, not just for one," Grantski said.

A competing Senate bill, sponsored by Sen. Kate Brown, D-Portland, would increase charges by one count for people convicted of abusing or killing a pregnant woman, but it would not create a separate charge for the unborn child.

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xx Scott and Laci Peterson's families argue
« Reply #123 on: Feb 28th, 2005, 09:37am »

Scott and Laci Peterson's families argue


MODESTO, Calif. - Police stood watch over the home once shared by Scott and Laci Peterson after Laci Peterson's mother angrily confronted Scott Peterson's family as they hauled furniture and other belongings from the vacant house.

Police stood by on Saturday while the Petersons loaded the truck and then left. Officer Derrick Letsinger said authorities were called out "to keep the peace."

No one was arrested.

Neighbors reported a loud argument between Laci Peterson's mother, Sharon Rocha, and Scott Peterson's mother, Jackie Peterson, and his brother, John, as the Petersons carried belongings to a rental truck, police said.

Rocha left shortly after police arrived, but two people who had accompanied her stayed behind to photograph items loaded into the truck.

Jackie Peterson carried a number of boxes from the house and angrily snapped at reporters gathered outside.

Both women attended almost every day of Scott Peterson's nearly yearlong trial.

Peterson, 32, was convicted in November of killing his pregnant wife just before Christmas 2002. The jury recommended the death penalty, and he is scheduled to be formally sentenced in March.

Laci Peterson's estate owns at least half of the home. Scott Peterson and his parents own the rest. The home will be listed for sale in the next couple of weeks, according to Rocha's attorney, Adam Stewart
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« Reply #124 on: Mar 1st, 2005, 11:31am »

Peterson's half-sister writes that he did it
New book offers 33 reasons why she thinks he's guilty
Diana Walsh, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, March 1, 2005


Scott Peterson's half-sister Anne Bird breaks ranks with her brother and family in a book that hits bookstores today, giving 33 reasons why she thinks her brother is guilty of killing his wife and unborn son.

Among her reasons was that Peterson seemed more interested in partying with her 22-year-old baby sitter than participating in the manhunt for his eight-months-pregnant wife.

"Blood Brother -- 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty of Murder," is the second book rushed to print even before Peterson is formally sentenced March 16. The first was by Amber Frey, Peterson's former girlfriend who testified against him during his trial, which ended with a death penalty recommendation from the jury.

Bird is Scott Peterson's half-sister, put up for adoption by Peterson's mother Jackie in 1965. Bird reunited with her biological mother in 1997 and developed a close relationship with her, as well as with Scott and Laci Peterson.

According to her book, it was Bird to whom Jackie Peterson turned for help when the media and police in Modesto began following Scott Peterson after his wife disappeared shortly before Christmas, 2002. Bird, who lives in the Berkeley hills, put her embattled brother up in a spare bedroom, decorated in Ralph Lauren and with a view of San Francisco Bay.

In early 2003, Peterson stayed off and on with Bird, her husband and two young children after Laci Peterson's disappearance and before his arrest for her murder. Bird, 39, is seven years older than Peterson and started out fervently believing in her brother's innocence, but as her book's title suggests, she made a dramatic turn-about.

Her "little list" of damning conclusions differs from the list prosecutors used to convict her brother of the double murders last fall and is drawn mostly from personal interactions.

For example, she wrote, as a national search was under way for his wife, Peterson was "a very long way from the bereaved husband.'' He appeared smitten with Bird's 22-year-old baby sitter. On more than one occasion, Bird wrote, he told her how attractive the baby sitter was. With his wife still missing, Peterson plied the baby sitter with a drink he called a "flirtini" made from peach-flavored Schnapps, Bird said, adding, "He looked like a charming young man without a care in the world -- a man on the make.''

Although her brother often complained about how he was treated by the police or the media, Bird said that she had never seen him cry for Laci Peterson or his unborn son. He also seemed uninterested in any leads or developments in the massive manhunt that had captured the attention of the nation, she wrote. Three weeks after his wife disappeared, Peterson ordered two pornography channels on his home television -- the same day he attended the christening of Bird's youngest son.

Bird seems particularly troubled by her brother's interest in cleaning the pool at his home. Based on Peterson's trips to Modesto to clean his pool and mow the lawn, Bird concluded that he might have drowned Laci in the pool and then transported her body to San Francisco Bay, where it later washed ashore. "Scott was acting increasingly bizarre, and his behavior was beginning to frighten me,'' Bird writes.

But it is Bird's revelations about her biological mother, Jackie Peterson, that may be the most revealing for trial watchers. Bird portrays her as a mother in complete denial who would stop at nothing to help her son and who repeatedly urged her daughter not to give any details to police. "She would go to any lengths to save him, do anything for her little boy, fight to death if she had to,'' wrote Bird, who says she felt torn between loyalty to her mother and the truth.

The book says Jackie Peterson also was dismissive of her son's affair with Frey, calling her a bimbo. And even with her daughter-in-law still missing, Bird wrote, Jackie Peterson suggested more than once that it would be nice if her son could find someone cute -- like Bird's baby sitter.

In the end, the accumulation of information would be too much for Bird. Despite Jackie Peterson's pleas that Bird testify on behalf her brother during the penalty phase of the trial in the hopes of sparing his life, Bird refused.

"I could have said some wonderful things about him, yes, but they would have been lies. ..." Bird wrote. "The things I could tell them now would only hurt him.''

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« Reply #125 on: Mar 2nd, 2005, 07:47am »

Book by Scott Peterson's half-sister sheds more light on family


SAN FRANCISCO A new book written by Scott Peterson's half-sister is painting the now-familiar picture of Peterson as a cheating husband.

But it also sheds new light on Jackie Peterson, describing her as a mother willing to go to great lengths to try to save her son.

Anne Bird was given up for adoption by Jackie Peterson in 1965 and did not reconnect with the family until five years before the 2002 murder of Peterson's wife, Laci, and her fetus.

Her book, "Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson is Guilty" went on sale yesterday.

Bird recounts how Jackie Peterson tried to persuade Bird to testify during the penalty phase of Peterson's double-murder trial, but she refused.

The book closes with a chapter about Bird's final visit to Peterson in jail a little more than a month ago. He assured her he would be released after his appeals

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« Reply #126 on: Mar 3rd, 2005, 07:47am »

Bird was put up for adoption at birth and reunited with her biological mother, Jackie Latham Peterson, and her brother, Scott, in 1997, NBC News reported.

She discussed with Lauer her upcoming book -- which recounts her reunion with her biological family, the deep love she developed for Laci Peterson and the brother she defended almost until the end.

Bird said she faced growing horror during the investigation into the murders of Laci Peterson and her unborn child, and eventually became convinced that Scott Peterson was guilty.

Scott Peterson lived with Bird for some time after Laci's disappearance, even as he was emerging as suspect in the case.

Scott Peterson was convicted of the murders last year.

"Did you ever pull up a chair next to him and say, 'Scott, what do you think happened to Laci?'" Lauer asked.

"I asked often," Bird said. "I think I was kept ... as a confidante. I think that's why I ended up getting so much information."

Bird called Scott Peterson "charismatic, charming, corteous, polite."

"When you're talking to him, he looks directly at you, and you're the only person he's focusing on," she said.

Bird said she has seen a side of Scott Peterson that no one else has seen.

"I just know that he did this," she said. "It's very hard to comprehend. And it hurts."
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« Reply #127 on: Mar 11th, 2005, 11:37am »

Scott Peterson is fighting for his life.
Hoping to stave off a death sentence for the murder of Peterson's pregnant wife, Laci, Peterson's lawyer Mark Geragos is trying to show that his client's former mistress Amber Frey had a financial motive in testifying for the prosecution.

Geragos hit HarperCollins with a subpoena demanding that the publisher produce all documents pertaining to its book deals with Frey, as well as with Peterson's estranged sister Anne Bird.

"We want to prove that if there was no conviction, they wouldn't have been able to sell the book," a source close to the case said.

A jury has recommended the death penalty for Peterson, who is scheduled to be sentenced on Wednesday.

The subpoena also asks for a witness familiar with the two titles signed by editor Judith Regan, who turned Frey's memoir into a best seller. A Regan Books representative didn't return a call.
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« Reply #128 on: Mar 13th, 2005, 12:48am »

Peterson case subject of two books
Ron Berthel
Canadian Press


Convicted murderer Scott Peterson is on trial again, this time in two new books - one by Court TV legal analyst Catherine Crier and one by Peterson's sister, Anne Bird.

Crier's book analyses the case and the trial, while Bird offers a personal view of the man who in November was found guilty of murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

These two books are among a batch of new hardcovers that include novels by Danielle Steel, Frank Delaney and Francine Prose; and non-fiction by Suze Orman, Anne Lamott and former Bush press secretary Ari Fleischer.

In A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of the Scott Peterson Investigation (ReganBooks), Crier, who has covered the case since Laci Peterson vanished in December 2002, explores the crime, its aftermath and the investigation. The book includes interviews with witnesses and investigators, and says it contains previously unpublished materials, including photos.

The subtitle of Bird's book, Blood Brother: 33 Reasons My Brother Scott Peterson Is Guilty (ReganBooks), leaves little doubt about where she stands. Bird, who shares a birth mother with Scott Peterson, was given up for adoption as a newborn in 1965 but was reunited with her mother 30 years later. She says that during the search for Laci, she observed and recorded Scott's "increasingly bizarre" behaviour, which convinced her that he was responsible for his wife's disappearance and murder.

In Impossible (Delacorte), Steel's 63rd novel, opposites attract in the story of the traditional-minded and dependable Sasha, a widow who runs an art gallery in Paris, and Liam, an impulsive artist nine years younger and with a shaky marriage. Their affair, conducted on the q.t., comes to a crossroads when Liam's daughter is seriously injured in an accident.

Ireland (HarperCollins) is the Irish-born Delaney's first novel published in the United States. It follows the history of Ireland, from prehistory through its 20th-century struggle for independence, in stories spun by a wandering storyteller who arrives at a house in the Irish countryside offering to earn his keep through his stories. When the storyteller abruptly leaves after several days, a young boy sets out to find him on what becomes a 10-year journey of self-discovery.

In Prose's novel A Changed Man (HarperCollins), Vincent, a young white-supremacist, joins a human rights organization in hopes of preventing others from becoming like himself. Bonnie, the organization's fundraiser and a single mother, reluctantly agrees to take Vincent into her home. His presence begins to influence the lives of those around him, including Bonnie, who unexpectedly becomes attracted to him.

In The Money Book for the Young, Fabulous & Broke (Riverhead), Orman offers advice for men and women in their 20s and 30s facing a tough job market, high real estate prices and seemingly endless college loan payments. Areas covered include careers, savings, retirement planning, use of credit, buying a car and buying a house. In sidebars, solutions are offered for specific problems, and readers are directed to Orman's website for further information.

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« Reply #129 on: Mar 14th, 2005, 05:47am »


REDWOOD CITY -- Just 72 hours before he could be formally sentenced to death, convicted killer Scott Peterson will learn Monday whether a San Mateo County judge has been moved enough by a laundry list of legal arguments to toss out his conviction and award him a new trial
Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi delayed Peterson's formal sentencing for the murders of Laci Peterson and the couple's unborn child until March 16 to allow time to consider several appeals defense attorney Mark Geragos filed with the court.

Among the issues Geragos allegedly cited in those sealed documents were allegations of jury misconduct and also violations of discovery rules by the prosecution.

KTVU Fox 2 has learned that one of the discovery violations was based upon an apparent phone conversation taped between an inmate in Modesto and his brother.

"The tape has a brother outside of jail telling the brother in jail that he had heard that people had burglarized Laci and Scott's house," said attorney Michael Cardoza, who has assisted with Peterson's defense. "(It goes on) that Laci had surprised them and that there were words between the burglars and Laci and then it went from there."

Another appeal, reportedly, focuses on the alleged 'intimidating behavior' of juror No. 8 -- John Guinasso. Guinasso told KTVU that a letter he wrote to Delucchi was the reason juror No. 5 Justin Faulkner was tossed off the jury early in the trial.

"(The letter to the judge said) you know this process could be tainted by the comments that are coming out of the juror Number Five's mouth and I'd rather not continue as a juror if it's not going to be legitimate," he said he wrote the judge.

Guinasso said that jury foreman Gregory Jackson couldn't get the process going and that led to a loud argument. Jackson then asked to be dismissed because he felt intimidated. That request was granted.

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"I raised my voice and at that point he said 'I'm writing a letter to the judge, I want off the trial,'" Guinasso said. "He (Jackson) told the whole meeting that he's never been in a meeting like that and there's too much hostility in the room."

In December, Guinasso and his fellow jurors found Peterson guilty of the Christmas Eve 2002 murders of his wife Laci and the couple's unborn son and later recommended the death sentence.

Now, Delucchi can either reject or grant the appeals. Veteran legal analyst Nancy Grace said there was little chance an appeal would be granted.

"Look, Delucchi's no idiot," said Grace at a victim's vigil she attended with Laci Peterson's mother Sharon Rocha on Saturday. "He is a trial veteran, he has presided over death penalty cases before, and if there was cause to start a new trial, I believe Delucchi would have already done it. "

If Delucchi does not grant a new trial; he then has one of two choices when Peterson is formally sentenced on Wednesday. He can go along with the jury's recommendation or he could sentence Peterson to life in prison without parole.

While Sharon Rocha did not tip her hand as to what she will tell the court on Wednesday, she did admit she will be happy when the legal drama is over.

"Yeah, just to get it over with," Rocha said when asked about the trial's final day. "Absolutely."

If Delucchi does affirms the verdict, the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman will be sent to the state's death row at the notorious San Quentin State Prison, which overlooks the bay where prosecutors say Peterson dumped his wife's body.

He will have his own cell, he will be allowed outside in the prison yard for five hours a day and he will be offered three showers a week. Meals will be given at the same hours three times a day.

It will be Peterson's routine for decades to come as his case is appealed. Peterson will sit on death row for more than five years before he is appointed an attorney for his first and mandatory appeal to the California Supreme Court.

A big reason for the delays is that there are too many inmates with too few lawyers willing to volunteer for the relatively low-paying job. A condemned Peterson would join about 120 others who do not yet have lawyers.

And even when an attorney is appointed, there are no deadlines for California's high court to act.

Of the 38 states with the death penalty, California moves the slowest toward executions. The most active death penalty state, Texas, has executed 23 inmates this year and 336 since 1982, when executions resumed there.

California only recently executed its first inmate -- Donald Beardslee -- since 2002 and the 11th since the state resumed executions in 1992. Ironically, Beardslee was sentenced to die in the same courthouse as Peterson's verdict.

Once Peterson's state appeals are exhausted, his case would move to the federal courts, beginning with the district court and then on to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which has overturned more California death sentences than it has allowed
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« Reply #130 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 04:50am »

Scott Peterson faces a death sentence today following his Nov. 12 conviction in the murders of his pregnant wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried.

Peterson’s lawyers argued that newly discovered evidence could have spared the former fertilizer salesman from a death sentence in the slaying of his pregnant wife.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos said prosecutors withheld evidence that a state prison inmate claimed he heard that Laci Peterson had interrupted a burglary at a neighbor’s home.

Geragos said he became aware of the tip about six weeks before the verdict and later discovered “a small notation in hundreds of pages of tip sheets” provided by prosecutors before the trial.

He said it took several weeks to investigate and prison tapes that would have confirmed the tip were no longer available.

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

The tip was provided to defense attorneys a year before the trial started, said prosecutor David Harris, who said Peterson, 32, was blaming police for failing to read evidence gathered by authorities.

After the trial was moved to Redwood City from the Petersons’ hometown of Modesto because of intense news coverage, Geragos unsuccessfully sought to move it again. He revived that claim in the motion for a new trial and said the trial wasn’t moved far enough and that community sentiment doomed his client.

“His claim is reminiscent of the ’boy who cried wolf,”’ Harris said.

Harris said the evidence was not new, it would not have changed the verdict and the burglary happened two days after Laci Peterson’s disappearance on Christmas Eve 2002.


The defense also claimed the judge erroneously dismissed two jurors and erred in denying Geragos’ motion for a second change of venue.

One juror was removed after he was seen talking to Laci Peterson’s brother in a courthouse hallway. Another asked to be removed because he did not get along with other jurors and felt panelists were being pressured.

The judge previously denied defense motions for mistrials after each juror was dismissed.


Prosecutors said he should have objected to the original decision to move the case to San Mateo County.

Geragos said telephone calls Peterson made to his massage therapist mistress Amber Frey should not have been used at trial. He said Peterson never implicated himself in the crime during the calls and that authorities should not have tapped his phone.

“The evasions and ambiguous statements to the mistress were nothing more than what they appeared to be, statements that an unfaithful husband might be expected to make to maintain an affair,” Geragos wrote.

Prosecutors said the tapes showed Peterson had predicted his wife’s demise weeks before she disappeared and lied about his activities and was not grieving her loss. Peterson also used the tapes in his own defense.

“These tapes allowed the defendant to profess his innocence without having to testify and be subjected to cross-examination,” Harris noted.

In other claims the defense said:

— The court should have granted a mistrial after two jurors re-enacted the crime by climbing in the boat prosecutors alleged Peterson used to dump his wife’s body. Geragos said it wasn’t an accurate re-enactment because the boat was not in rough waters.

— That jurors should not have been able to consider a lesser verdict of second-degree murder. However, he said that since second-degree murder was made an option, jurors should have also been able to consider manslaughter. The jury found Peterson guilty of first-degree murder in the death of his wife, and second-degree murder in the killing of the fetus.

Peterson was eligible for the death penalty because he was convicted of multiple murders, and jurors found that he premeditated the killing of his wife.

Geragos also claimed there was insufficient evidence for the guilty verdicts, that jurors were prejudiced when they heard details that Peterson ordered adult television channels weeks after his wife vanished, and that the judge should have seated separate juries for the guilt and punishment phases.

Prosecutors rejected all those theories, noting that those claims were already struck down by the court.

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« Reply #131 on: Mar 16th, 2005, 1:12pm »

Scott Peterson, the Modesto man whose life played out in a courtroom last year like a sordid soap opera, was sentenced today to die in San Quentin's death chamber for murdering his wife, Laci, and unborn son.

Peterson, ushered into the Redwood City courtroom with his hands cuffed to his waist just before 9 a.m., showed little emotion as Judge Alfred Delucchi said he had chosen the death sentence recommended by a 12-member jury in December rather than life in prison without parole.

The gallery, filled with family members, Modesto police officers, 10 of the jurors and others, remained hushed as the judge pronounced his sentence, calling the slayings "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous."


Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson's mother, led an emotional parade of family members who berated Peterson, saying he was an example that, "evil can lurk anywhere." Peterson didn't address the court.


Peterson was sentenced to death after his defense attorneys asked the judge to throw out the conviction of the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman and grant him a new trial. Defense attorney Mark Geragos cited more than a dozen reasons why his client deserved a new trial, including judicial errors and jury misconduct.

But Delucchi ruled that Peterson had been treated fairly during the five-month-long trial and denied the request.

Peterson's death sentence ends a two-year saga that began when Peterson reported his eight-months-pregnant wife missing on Christmas Eve, 2002.

Peterson told police that when he left for a day of fishing on San Francisco Bay his wife was planning to take the dog for a walk before doing some last minute errands and preparing for a Christmas brunch the couple was hosting the following day.

When he returned home, he found the dog in the backyard with his leash on but his wife was nowhere in sight.

The search for the former substitute teacher with the dark brown eyes and dimpled cheeks immediately captured the attention of the national media and police quickly began to suspect Peterson in his wife's disappearance.

Soon Laci Peterson's picture was popping up on televisions all over the world. The fascination mounted as sordid details were revealed drip by drip, starting with an announcement by Fresno massage therapist named Amber Frey that she'd been Peterson's unwitting mistress.

Four months after Laci Peterson disappeared, her body and that of the couples' baby washed ashore near where Peterson said he'd spent the day fishing.

Peterson was arrested near the Mexican border with his hair dyed and carrying $15,000 in cash and wilderness survival gear.

All along Peterson and his family maintained his innocence. The evidence against Peterson was entirely circumstantial and when he hired Geragos, a slick Hollywood lawyer many believed he might get off.

Geragos accused the Modesto police department of rushing to judgment against his client and ignoring leads that would have pointed to the real killer. But the prosecution team laid out a painstakingly detailed case showing jurors mounds of evidence -- including testimony and dozens of taped conversations with his former girlfriend -- that they said led them to believe Peterson murdered his wife then weighed her body down with concrete anchors at the bottom of the bay.

Peterson was anything but a grieving husband, prosecutors said. While hundreds of people were out searching for his missing wife, he was continuing to woo his girlfriend and lying to everyone he talked to including his own mother.

But after hearing five months of testimony, the jury convicted Peterson on Nov. 12 of first-degree murder of his wife and second-degree murder of his son. 12. A month later, after hearing testimony from both Laci and Scott Peterson's family as well as friends and former co-workers of the defendant, they recommended he be put to death.

Peterson now will join as many as 641 inmates on California's Death Row in San Quentin. His case will automatically be appealed to the state Supreme Court. The average death penalty appeal takes 18 years before an inmate is put to death.

Since the death penalty was reinstated in 1977, only 11 inmates have been executed. The last execution was January 19, when Donald Beardslee died by lethal injection.
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REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Shackled and clad in leg irons, Scott Peterson (news - web sites) was taken to San Quentin State Prison early Thursday after being sentenced to die for murdering his pregnant wife, Laci, and her unborn fetus.


Peterson was transferred under heavy security from the San Mateo County jail to San Quentin, arriving around 4 a.m. The infamous prison, which overlooks the bay where Laci's body was discarded and houses the men's death row, is about 20 miles north of San Francisco.


Peterson is the 644th person awaiting lethal injection in California.


Prison officials removed his clothing and a bulletproof vest provided for his safety, and he then underwent a medical exam and body search, San Quentin spokesman Vernon Crittendon said on NBC's "Today" show.


On Wednesday, a judge sentenced a stone-faced Peterson to death after each of Laci's family members had a chance to address him in the courtroom.


"You decided to throw Laci and Conner away, dispose of them like they were just a piece of garbage," Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, told Peterson. "We had to bury Laci without her arms to hold her baby and without her head," she said, her voice breaking.


Peterson, wearing a dark suit and shackled at the waist, stared at his former mother-in-law without expression, chin up.


Laci's father, Dennis Rocha, said: "You're going to burn in hell for this."


And Laci's brother, Brent Rocha, said he bought a gun during the investigation into Laci's disappearance and contemplated shooting Peterson to death.


"I chose not to kill you myself for one reason, so you would have to sweat it out and not take the easy way out," he told Peterson.


Peterson's attorney, Mark Geragos, tried to get Judge Alfred A. Delucchi to allow Peterson's parents to speak, on the basis that they were related to Conner. But Delucchi said the hearing was an opportunity for only Laci's relatives to speak.


At one point during the family testimony, Brent Rocha recounted a conversation he said he had with Peterson long before Laci vanished. Rocha said the former fertilizer salesman lamented about his life not being what he had hoped it to be.


Scott Peterson's father, Lee, shouted, "What a liar!" He walked out of the courtroom after being admonished by the judge.


Peterson, 32, betrayed little emotion at the hearing. It was the same stoic demeanor he displayed during more than six months of trial, which ended with a jury's recommendation of death.


Peterson was invited to make a statement, but he declined after several minutes of discussion with his attorneys.


The judge had the option of rejecting the jury's recommendation and imposing a sentence to life without parole, but such a move is all but unheard of. The judge also denied a defense request for a new trial.


He ordered Peterson to pay $10,000 restitution for funeral expenses and an additional $5,000, though the reason for that amount was unexplained.





Laci Peterson (news - web sites), who was eight months pregnant, disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002, and prosecutors said Peterson killed her and then dumped her body in San Francisco Bay. The badly decomposed bodies of Laci Peterson and her fetus washed ashore four months later.

Prosecutors said Peterson strangled his wife to escape marriage and impending fatherhood. At the time of his wife's disappearance, he was having an affair with Amber Frey, a massage therapist.

Frey said Thursday morning that while she had mixed emotions on the death penalty, she felt "that justice was served" in Peterson's case.

"It's hard to feel sorry for somebody that took somebody else's life," Frey told the "Today" show. "He is responsible for his actions. There are consequences for that."

Ten of the 12 jurors who recommended the death penalty returned to court Wednesday for the sentencing, four months after the panel found Peterson guilty of murder.

"We wanted to see it all the way through to the end," juror Richelle Nice said outside the courthouse.

As prosecutors and Laci Peterson's family left the courthouse, about 100 people cheered and clapped.

"Our family is going to make it," said Ron Grantski, Laci's Peterson stepfather. "We're stronger because of this, and Scott got what he deserved."
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« Reply #133 on: Mar 18th, 2005, 06:51am »

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Condemned murderer Scott Peterson took his place Thursday as the 616th man on the state's death row.

Sgt. Eric Messick, a San Quentin State Prison spokesman, said Peterson was delivered to the prison in Marin County at 4:05 a.m. He was fingerprinted and photographed and received standard-issue prison clothing. He underwent a strip search, a process that inspects all body cavities.

Peterson was then escorted to the Adjustment Center, an "ultra-max" facility where he will remain for about the next six weeks. There, he joined three recently condemned Bay Area men -- San Leandro "sausage king" Stuart Alexander and brothers Glenn and Justin Helzer.

All newly arrived condemned prisoners are evaluated in the Adjustment Center, which is also used to house death row's highest-risk inmates.

Peterson will undergo a battery of medical and psychological tests to determine, among other things, his "classification score," Messick said. He will be housed in a single-person, 60-square-foot cell.

Peterson had his first prison meal about 6 a.m. Thursday, Messick said, consisting of a banana, hot cereal, pancakes, peanut butter, an 8-ounce carton of nonfat milk, a slab of margarine and coffee.

After his stint at the Adjustment Center, Peterson most likely will be sent to East Block, where 80 percent of condemned prisoners are housed, most of them "Grade A" inmates. If Peterson is deemed "Grade A," rather than the lower "Grade B," he will be able to spend $180 per month at the prison store, rather than $90. He will be permitted to have contact visits with family and friends. Visitors to Grade B inmates can only communicate with them through Plexiglas, using phones.

His one-man cell there will be about 48 square feet.

Peterson will have to abide by the military-like grooming standards in effect at San Quentin -- hair trimmed above the ears and off the back collar, sideburns no lower than the bottoms of the ears, mustaches kept neatly confined to the top lip.

Messick said he didn't detect any sense of curiosity among San Quentin's population about the newest arrival.

"I think they all view themselves as every bit as important," Messick said.
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« Reply #134 on: Mar 18th, 2005, 11:35pm »

Women phone prison with Peterson marriage proposals

SAN JOSE, Calif. - (KRT) - Perhaps this was bound to happen.

The latest news out of San Quentin is that within hours after Scott Peterson was sent to death row, the prison began receiving phone calls with proposals for its newest inmate.

Marriage proposals.

Lt. Vernell Crittendon told CNN that about three-dozen women have called the prison to show their support for the handsome bachelor convicted of killing his eight-months pregnant wife. Two of those women specifically wanted to ask the former fertilizer salesman for his handcuffed hand in marriage.

Though, in all seriousness, this shouldn't be that surprising. Psychologists have long said that murderers can have a mesmerizing effect on some. And it's not unheard of for convicted killers to tie the knot while behind bars.

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