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xx Prosecutors Use Peterson Alibi Against Him
« Reply #30 on: Nov 1st, 2004, 5:12pm »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Nov 1, 2004 — Scott Peterson's own claim that he was out fishing near where his pregnant wife's body later turned up is proof enough to convict him of murder, prosecutors said Monday in closing arguments.

Desperate to escape a "dull boring married life with kids," Peterson strangled or smothered Laci Peterson and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay, prosecutor Rick Distaso said.

Distaso showed jurors an aerial photograph of the bay, pointing with a laser to the rocky beach where Laci's body washed up with that of her fetus, a boy the couple planned to name Conner, and the nearby area where Scott Peterson says he took a solo fishing trip the day his wife disappeared.

"The only person that we know without any doubt that was in the exact location in the exact spot where Laci and Conner washed ashore … is sitting right there. … That alone is proof beyond a reasonable doubt in this case," Distaso said. "You can take that fact to the bank and you can convict this man of murder."


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Jurors are expected to begin deliberations as early as Wednesday.

Distaso said Peterson killed his wife the night of Dec. 23 or the morning of Dec. 24, 2002 adding that he does not have to show exactly when or how Peterson committed the crime, "I only have to prove that he did it."

Jurors were shown a split-screen image, one side showing Laci alone at a Christmas party and the other showing Scott and his mistress, Amber Frey, embracing at a different party that same night.

Peterson craved "the rich, successful, freewheeling bachelor life" that Frey represented, Distaso said. Weeks before Laci disappeared, the 32-year-old former fertilizer salesman said he "lost" the woman he loved.

"Laci Peterson was dead to Scott Peterson a long time before he killed her," Distaso told the jury.

Some jurors nodded as Distaso spoke. Peterson looked down, sometimes scribbling notes.

The defense will probably present its closing arguments Tuesday. Peterson's lawyer claim someone else abducted and killed Laci.

Distaso also attacked Peterson's alibi that he had been fishing the day his wife disappeared. On Dec. 20, Distaso said, Peterson bought a two-day fishing license, lures and his first salt-water fishing pole.

"There's the lures. They're not even open," Distaso said, holding up the lures for the jury. "I don't know anyone who's caught a fish … with a lure that's still in the pack."

When he got home, Peterson told neighbors that he had been golfing. "He just screwed it up, screwed up his alibi," Distaso said.

Prosecutors are seeking two murder convictions, for Laci and the fetus.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi ruled Friday that jurors will be allowed to consider a lesser murder charge that would spare Peterson a possible death sentence if convicted. If convicted of the lesser charges, Peterson could get two sentences of 15 years to life.
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xx Geragos: prosecutors want jurors to hate Peterson
« Reply #31 on: Nov 2nd, 2004, 2:50pm »

Scott Peterson's lawyer Mark Geragos said prosecutors have portrayed his client as a "jerk and a liar" -- but haven't proved he's a killer.

Geragos has begun his closing arguments at Peterson's murder trial in California. Peterson is charged in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

Geragos suggested that prosecutors have been trying to make jurors hate Peterson -- in hopes that they'd then convict him, whether or not the evidence justified it.

He also ridiculed the claim by prosecutors that Peterson's affair with Amber Frey was his motive for murder. Geragos told jurors, "Nobody was going to kill Laci Peterson and her child for Amber Frey."

Jurors heard the prosecution's closing argument Monday. They're expected to begin deliberations as early as Wednesday

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xx Jury Begins Deliberating in Peterson Case
« Reply #32 on: Nov 3rd, 2004, 4:34pm »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Jurors began deliberating the fate of Scott Peterson on Wednesday, more than five months after testimony began in the murder of his wife and their unborn son.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi sent the panelists off with lunch into the jury room after about 45 minutes of instructions. Jurors must decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay, or was merely a straying husband who was framed. He plans to keep the jury sequestered until they reach a verdict.


In a brief rebuttal to the defense closing arguments, prosecutor Rick Distaso advised jurors not to find reasonable doubt in an unreasonable interpretation of evidence.

"It's just not reasonable that anyone put that body in the bay to frame him. If it's not reasonable, you must reject it," Distaso said.

Winding up their case earlier in the day, defense lawyers lashed out at the notion that Laci Peterson's fetus died in her womb. Lawyer Mark Geragos reminded jurors that authorities never found the placenta or the fetus' umbilical cord, leaving little evidence to determine whether the male fetus was born alive and killed later.

If the fetus died later, Geragos said, "it's not Scott Peterson who did that."

Prosecutors claim Peterson, a fertilizer salesman who was having an affair, strangled or smothered his 27-year-old wife on Dec. 23 or 24, 2002, then dumped her weighted body into the bay. Her badly decomposed body and that of the fetus washed ashore four months later. Geragos claims someone else abducted and killed the Modesto substitute teacher.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict _ first-degree murder, carrying a possible death sentence or life without parole, and second-degree murder, carrying two sentences of 15 years to life.

"First-degree murder you need two things, expressed malice and intent to kill and premeditation," Delucchi told jurors. Second degree, he said, means Peterson killed them but didn't plan it.

The trial began with jury selection in March, followed by opening statements in June.


Geragos has argued the fetus was born well after Laci Peterson vanished, proving his client couldn't be the killer given the intense police surveillance of him in the days and weeks after she disappeared.

A prosecution witness testified the fetus likely died around the same time Laci was reported missing. A defense witness countered that the fetus could have been born weeks later.

"Was that baby wrapped in some kind of plastic? ... We don't know," Geragos told jurors. "The fact of the matter is, though, that that baby looks like it had something wrapped around it to protect it."

In their closing arguments, prosecutors made their case for premeditation, contending each bit of evidence is like a piece of a puzzle that convicts Peterson.

Geragos said pieces are missing in that puzzle, including physical evidence of the killing.

He also tried to cast doubt on prosecutors' contention that Peterson had a financial motive for the killing, noting Laci was set to inherit nearly $1 million.

"She meant more to him alive than dead," Geragos said.
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xx Peterson's fate in jury's hands
« Reply #33 on: Nov 4th, 2004, 06:20am »

REDWOOD CITY - Jurors began deliberating the fate of Scott Peterson on Wednesday, more than five months after testimony began in his double murder trial.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi sent them off with lunch into the jury room after about 45 minutes of instructions. Jurors met for four hours before breaking for the day. They must decide whether Peterson killed his pregnant wife and dumped her body in San Francisco Bay, or was merely a straying husband who was framed. The judge plans to keep them sequestered until they reach a verdict.

''You can't base a reasonable doubt on an unreasonable interpretation of the evidence,'' prosecutor Rick Distaso told jurors in a brief rebuttal Wednesday to the defense closing argument. ''It's just not reasonable that anyone put that body in the bay to frame him. If it's not reasonable, you must reject it.''

Winding up their case earlier in the day, defense lawyers lashed out at the notion that Laci Peterson's fetus died in her womb. Lawyer Mark Geragos reminded jurors authorities never found the placenta or the fetus' umbilical cord, leaving little evidence to determine whether the male fetus was born alive and killed later.

If the fetus died later, Geragos said, ''it's not Scott Peterson who did that.''

Prosecutors claim Peterson strangled or smothered his wife on Dec. 23 or 24, 2002, then dumped her weighted body into the bay. Her badly decomposed remains and those of the fetus washed ashore four months later. Geragos claims someone else abducted and killed the Modesto woman, then placed their bodies in the water.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict -- first-degree murder, carrying a possible death sentence or life without parole, and second-degree murder, carrying two sentences of 15 years to life.

''First-degree murder you need two things, expressed malice and intent to kill and premeditation,'' Delucchi told jurors. ''Then you also have second-degree murder,'' a lesser charge the judge added after finding there was ample evidence to support a case that did not involve premeditation.

The trial began with jury selection in March, and opening statements were in June.

Geragos has argued the fetus was born well after Laci Peterson vanished, proving his client couldn't be the killer given the intense police surveillance of him in the days and weeks after she disappeared.

A prosecution witness testified the fetus likely died around the same time Laci was reported missing. A defense witness countered that the fetus could have been born weeks later.

''Was that baby wrapped in some kind of plastic?... We don't know,'' Geragos told jurors. ''The fact of the matter is, though, that that baby looks like it had something wrapped around it to protect it.''

Prosecutors have argued the fetus wasn't as badly decomposed as Laci's body because it had remained in her womb for months before being expelled from her decaying body.

Geragos conceded all along that the former fertilizer salesman, who was having an affair at the time Laci vanished, is a liar and a cheat. But he said he shouldn't be convicted of murder.

''You're not supposed to just decide this case on whether or not you like Scott Peterson,'' he told jurors.

In their closing arguments, prosecutors made their case for premeditation, contending each bit of evidence is like a piece of a puzzle that when put together points to murder. Geragos countered that with so many missing pieces, jurors must decide there is too much reasonable doubt to convict.

''It's either a frame-up or he did it,'' said Robert Talbot, a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, who has been observing the trial. ''And the frame-up just doesn't make any sense at all.''

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xx Escalon To Host Bench Dedication For Laci Peterson
« Reply #34 on: Nov 4th, 2004, 11:16am »

Escalon's Main Street Park will soon be home to a special bench, dedicated in memory of Laci Peterson.

City Council members on Monday night approved closure of a portion of Main Street for the dedication ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 20.

Laci's cousin, Shawn Rocha, is coordinating the event. The bench dedication will be part of a larger activity that day, with some 500 to 600 motorcyclists expected to ride in the Laci Peterson memorial run. Laci's husband, Scott Peterson, is on trial, accused in the murders of Laci and their unborn son.

"It's an annual thing," said Escalon City Manager Greg Greeson of the upcoming memorial ride, slated to begin in Modesto.

This year, however, the cyclists will make a stop in Escalon - where Laci spent a portion of her childhood - and attend the dedication ceremony in the park.

"It will be a Victorian-style bench to match our downtown d‚cor," Greeson explained. "The family has requested that it be positioned so it is facing Main Street."

Rocha is currently working with local businessman Mark Hogan on securing the bench for the ceremony. Initially, the family had hoped to place it in the center of the park but Greeson said with the variety of events staged there, the positioning had to be modified somewhat.

"We anticipate the placement will be somewhere near the caboose and the 'Escalon' sign, looking out on to Main Street," said Greeson. "That way it fits in with the family's request and will not impact other events at the location."

Closure of Main Street approved at the Monday night Escalon City Council meeting will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 20, with the motorcyclists filling the roadway. The closure will be on Main between First and Third streets.

Following the dedication, police are expected to provide an escort for the throng of motorcyclists, leading them back along Main Street to First, then to McHenry Avenue for the return trip to Modesto.

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xx NO CAMERAS for Peterson Verdict
« Reply #35 on: Nov 5th, 2004, 06:12am »

The judge in Scott Peterson's murder trial ruled yesterday against allowing video or still cameras in the courtroom for the verdict, saying that there was concern for the families of the defendant and his slain wife.

Also yesterday, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi ruled that transcripts from the many private meetings with attorneys held in the judge's chambers throughout the trial will remain sealed. "The defendant's right to a fair trial trumps the public's need to know," Delucchi said in making his rulings.

Meanwhile, jurors continued deliberating Peterson's fate after getting the case Wednesday afternoon.

Peterson faces two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Prosecutors said that Peterson killed his wife about Christmas Eve 2002, then dumped her weighted body into San Francisco Bay. Her decomposed remains and those of the fetus were discovered four months later, not far from where Peterson said he had been fishing alone the day she vanished.

Defense attorneys said that someone else abducted and killed Laci Peterson, then placed the bodies in the water.

The issue of television coverage pitted the prosecution and defense against the news media.

"The public has not seen what has happened in this trial in a way that only can be seen over television," media attorney Rochelle Wilcox said during the open court hearing yesterday.

The judge previously had agreed to allow television coverage of the verdict, but reversed his ruling after attorneys on both sides of the case filed a joint motion opposing it.

Prosecutor Dave Harris told the judge that cameras would "focus in on someone's grief, someone's anguish and that has nothing to do with teaching what the legal system is all about."

Delucchi told Wilcox that he thought that the media were "interested more in this verdict as a spectacle rather than for the public's confidence in the judicial system."

The judge, however, allowed an audio feed of the verdict. He denied Wilcox's motion to unseal the transcripts from in-chambers meetings

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xx Peterson jurors offer glimpse of verdict
« Reply #36 on: Nov 6th, 2004, 05:56am »

The jurors deliberating Scott Peterson’s fate represent a wide range of backgrounds, from a high school coach and a social worker to a lawyer-doctor and an accountant. They paid close attention throughout the trial, taking notes so copious that by the time deliberations began, each was carrying five to ten notebooks.

As testimony dragged on into the fifth month, they revealed more of their emotions, nodding, smiling, smirking or shaking their heads in apparent disbelief at certain witnesses. Some appeared more interested in the prosecution’s closing, while others seemed more alert as the defense wrapped up its case.

The original Juror No. 5 was removed from the panel in June after he was seen talking with Laci Peterson’s brother, Brent Rocha. He was replaced with an alternate juror who holds a law license and a medical degree and has become the foreman.

They’ve been silent since the panel was selected, and only when deliberations began this week were they allowed to discuss the case with each other. These descriptions are based on statements they made during jury selection:

• Juror No. 1: A 40-something white man who works as a high school football coach. He has coached 500 youths, including the son of a sheriff. He said everyone deserves a fair deal and would expect people accused of a crime to defend themselves, but after the judge explained during jury selection that the burden of proof was on the prosecution, he said he would work to put that out of his mind, adding, “I have to constantly remind myself.”

• Juror No. 2: A white man in his 50s who consulted his parish priest before deciding he could vote for the death penalty under some circumstances. He works mostly outdoors, but did not reveal his job. He’s a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West, but said that meant only that he was born in California. He said that although he had previously opined that Peterson was guilty, he could put that aside.

• Juror No. 3: A 30-something female Hispanic county social worker with two sisters who also work for government agencies. She is studying at night to get her master’s degree. Asked if she could be fair, she said, “I tend to really want to do what’s in the best interest of the people I serve.”

• Juror No. 4: A middle-aged former Colma police officer who now works as a project manager. He said he was once arrested for assault and battery of a police officer during a union demonstration. The charges were dismissed. He said he knows what it’s like to be wrongly accused.

• Juror No. 5: A man in his mid-40s who has both a medical degree and a law license, he has been selected as the jury foreman. He works for a company which makes medication for heart patients. He said he had not formed an opinion about the case.

• Juror No. 6: A young, white Half Moon Bay firefighter-paramedic, he said he doesn’t watch much television, spending as much as five hours a day on his bicycle when he’s not on duty. He knows many police officers through his job, but said that won’t make him favor the prosecution. “I know a lot of people with badges I’m ashamed to be associated with,” he said.

• Juror No. 7: A retired PG&E employee, an Asian woman in her 50s or 60s. She seemed very responsive to defense lawyer Mark Geragos and said she could believe Peterson was falsely accused. “I don’t see a motive for something that heinous,” she said before the trial began, but acknowledged prosecutors could be “keeping the case close to the vest.”

• Juror No. 8: A Teamster in his late 40s or 50s who works the graveyard shift and said he didn’t follow the case. He was once accused of violating a restraining order during his divorce. He agrees police are sometimes too quick to arrest in high-profile cases.

And he says he believes strongly in the concept of innocent until proven guilty. He was seen often shaking his head or smirking as the defense presented its case.

• Juror No. 9: A white woman in her late 30s or 40s whose fiance was convicted of murdering a stranger in the early 1980s and was later killed in prison. She apparently married him after his trial. She said that would not affect her views about Peterson. She works in packaging for a biotech company and has been married to her second husband since 1990.

• Juror No. 10: A white 40ish woman who suffered a series of personal tragedies so severe she was questioned about it in the judge’s chambers. She spends much of her time with her husband and children. She said that because so much has happened to her, she has learned to tell the truth and honestly feels she can be fair.

• Juror No. 11: A black woman in her 40s who works as a chief accountant. She had a close relative who was a deputy sheriff, but said it would not affect her. She expressed caution about accepting all kinds of evidence, repeatedly saying, “it depends on the circumstances.”

• Juror No. 12: A white 30-something adoption worker who belongs to the Executive Women’s Golf Association. She once worked on child abuse cases and found some police officers difficult to work with because “they would rather go to a 10-car pileup” but said that won’t influence her attitude toward the prosecution.

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xx Re: Laci Peterson - CA
« Reply #37 on: Nov 7th, 2004, 06:23am »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - After a third day of deliberations, jurors in Scott Peterson's murder trial retired to a hotel where they are prohibited from discussing the case and are not allowed visitors.

The jurors are only permitted to watch sports and movies from a court-approved selection on television until they resume deliberations Monday.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi has reversed course and barred live television coverage of the verdict, citing concern for the families of Peterson and his wife, Laci, whom he is accused of killing around Christmas Eve 2002.

The verdict will be captured on a live audio feed, which radio and TV stations will be allowed to broadcast.

On Friday, jurors asked to review some evidence, including the boat prosecutors allege Peterson used to dispose of his wife's body, a source told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

On Thursday, they asked to review evidence including photographs taken at the Petersons' home in the days after Laci vanished.

The judge had earlier said he would allow live TV coverage of the verdict. His reversal came after attorneys on both sides objected.

"I think we're interested more in this verdict as a spectacle rather than for the public's confidence in the judicial system," Delucchi told an attorney for the media. "I'm not here to orchestrate this trial. I'm here to try this case."

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his pregnant wife and her fetus. Defense lawyers say someone else abducted and killed the Modesto woman, then placed the bodies in the water. Peterson could get the death penalty.

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xx Peterson jury to resume deliberations today
« Reply #38 on: Nov 8th, 2004, 04:54am »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. Jurors in the Scott Peterson trial get back to work today in Redwood City, California.

So far, they've deliberated about 20 hours and have asked to see some evidence.

The evidence includes photos of the Peterson house in Modesto, the boat prosecutors allege that Scott Peterson used to dump his wife's body in San Francisco Bay, and the blouse Laci Peterson was wearing the day before she vanished.

The jury was sequestered in a hotel over the weekend, tightly guarded by 21 bailiffs to make sure they weren't watching news coverage of the trial and weren't discussing the case.
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xx Peterson Jurors Expected to View Boat
« Reply #39 on: Nov 8th, 2004, 09:25am »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. - Jurors in the Scott Peterson murder trial are expected to view on Monday the 14-foot boat prosecutors allege Peterson used to ferry his wife's body out onto San Francisco Bay.

Jurors have so far asked to see multiple pieces of evidence, including photographs and the boat prosecutors claim Peterson used to dispose of his wife's body.

Jurors have deliberated for two-and-half days without reaching a verdict. They enter their third full day Monday.

Panelists were sequestered throughout the weekend in an area hotel where they could only watch sports and movies on television, and could use a computer without access to the Internet.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi has decided to allow them to deliberate only Monday-Friday. Twenty-one bailiffs have been sworn in to watch over them throughout the process.

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Prosecutors claim Peterson killed Laci around Dec. 24, 2002, then sunk her weighted body in the bay. The remains of Laci and the fetus were discovered a few miles from where Peterson claims to have gone fishing alone the day his wife vanished.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict Peterson - first-or second-degree. First-degree convictions, carrying the death penalty or life without parole, would mean jurors believe Peterson planned the killings in advance. Second-degree murder convictions don't require a finding of premeditation, and carry sentences of 15-years-to-life for each count.

On Thursday, jurors asked to review, among other things, photographs taken at the Petersons' home in the days after Laci vanished.

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xx The Jury May Be Deadlocked
« Reply #40 on: Nov 8th, 2004, 3:54pm »

REDWOOD CITY, California (AP) -- In a sign of possible discord in the jury room, the judge in Scott Peterson's murder case lectured the panel Monday about the importance of deliberating with an open mind.

"Do not hesitate to change your opinion for the purpose of reaching a verdict if you can do so," Judge Alfred A. Delucchi said after summoning jurors to the courtroom just an hour-and-a-half after they resumed deliberations.

"The attitude and conduct of jurors at all times is very important," he added. "It is rarely helpful for a juror at the beginning of deliberations to express an emphatic opinion on the case."

The jurors listened with serious, even grim expressions before they were sent back into the jury room to deliberate.

It was not immediately clear what led to the judge's instructions, but trial observers speculated jurors are beginning to reach a deadlock.

"They're stuck," said Jim Hammer, a former prosecutor and trial regular. The judge "clearly has indications that they're beginning to hang."

Earlier Monday, Delucchi denied a defense motion for a mistrial after jurors examined the boat prosecutors claim Peterson used to dispose of his wife's body.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos claimed jurors violated the judge's orders by doing "a juror experiment" when several panelists got inside the boat and rocked it from side to side.

The defense has argued that it would have been nearly impossible for Peterson to have heaved his wife's 153-pound body over the edge of the boat without tipping.

As an alternative to a mistrial, Geragos asked the judge to show jurors a videotaped experiment performed by the defense apparently showing that the boat would have tipped. Delucchi denied the motion.

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Prosecutors claim Peterson killed Laci around December 24, 2002, then sunk her weighted body in the bay.

Defense lawyers claim someone else abducted Laci and killed her, then framed her husband.

The sequestered jury began deliberations Wednesday and recessed for the weekend. Jurors were monitored in a hotel where they could watch only sports and movies on television, and could use a computer without access to the Internet. They were forbidden from discussing the case.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict Peterson -- first- or second-degree murder. First-degree convictions, carrying the death penalty of life without parole, would mean jurors believe Peterson planned the killings in advance. Second-degree murder convictions don't require a finding of premeditation, and carry sentences of 15-years-to-life for each count.

Also Monday, the presiding judge of the courthouse ruled against media attorneys who were seeking to have cameras stationed about 40 feet down a hallway from the courtroom. Last week, Delucchi banned television and still cameras from the courtroom for the verdict, but said he would allow a live audio broadcast.

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xx Judge Lectures Jury in Peterson Trial
« Reply #41 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 04:59am »

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. (AP) - Jurors deciding Scott Peterson's fate may have hit a snag after less than a week of deliberations.

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi summoned the panelists to the courtroom Monday morning where he reissued instructions on several key points and lectured them about the importance of keeping an open mind.

``The people and the defendant are entitled to the individual opinion of each juror,'' the judge said. ``Do not hesitate to change your opinion for the purpose of reaching a verdict if you can do so.

``The attitude and conduct of jurors at all times is very important,'' Delucchi added. ``It is rarely helpful for a juror at the beginning of deliberations to express an emphatic opinion on the case.''

The jurors listened with grim expressions before they were sent back into the jury room to resume deliberating. It was not immediately clear what prompted the judge's instructions.

Trial observers speculated jurors could possibly be reaching a stalemate. ``They're stuck,'' said Jim Hammer, a former prosecutor and trial regular. The judge ``clearly has indications that they're beginning to hang.''

Deliberations were to resume Tuesday.

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried. Prosecutors claim Peterson killed Laci around Dec. 24, 2002, then dumped her weighted body from his boat into San Francisco Bay. The remains of Laci and the fetus were discovered a few miles from where Peterson claims to have gone fishing alone the day his wife vanished.

After hearing from the judge Monday, jurors asked to review numerous pieces of evidence, including San Francisco Bay tidal charts seized from Peterson's computers; an anchor found on Peterson's boat that prosecutors allege is similar to the ones he used to sink his wife's body; and transcripts and recordings of telephone calls between Peterson and his mistress, Amber Frey.

They also requested information regarding a life insurance policy on Laci Peterson; a two-day fishing license Peterson purchased on Dec. 23; and a transcript of a police interview of Peterson regarding his whereabouts on the day his wife vanished.

Earlier, jurors inspected Peterson's 14-foot aluminum fishing boat, which was brought to the courthouse. They examined the sides and looked under the craft before a few jurors climbed inside and rocked it from side to side.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos then sought a mistrial, claiming jurors violated the judge's order by doing ``a juror experiment.'' The judge quickly denied the motion.

Defense lawyers have argued that it would have been nearly impossible for Peterson to have heaved his wife's 153-pound body over the edge of the boat without tipping.

As an alternative to a mistrial, Geragos asked the judge to be allowed to show jurors a videotaped experiment performed by the defense, apparently showing that the boat would have tipped over. Delucchi denied that request, as well.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict Peterson - first- or second-degree murder. First-degree convictions, carrying the death penalty of life without parole, would mean jurors believe Peterson planned the killings in advance. Second-degree murder convictions don't require a finding of premeditation, and carry sentences of 15-years-to-life for each count.
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« Reply #42 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 09:06am »

Judge Alfred A. Delucchi summoned the panelists to the courtroom Monday morning where he reissued instructions on several key points and lectured them about the importance of keeping an open mind.

"The people and the defendant are entitled to the individual opinion of each juror," the judge said. "Do not hesitate to change your opinion for the purpose of reaching a verdict if you can do so.

"The attitude and conduct of jurors at all times is very important," Delucchi added. "It is rarely helpful for a juror at the beginning of deliberations to express an emphatic opinion on the case."

The jurors listened with grim expressions before they were sent back into the jury room to resume deliberating. It was not immediately clear what prompted the judge's instructions.

Trial observers speculated jurors could possibly be reaching a stalemate.

"They're stuck," said Jim Hammer, a former prosecutor and trial regular. The judge "clearly has indications that they're beginning to hang."

Deliberations were to resume Tuesday.

Peterson is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his wife, Laci, and the fetus she carried.

Prosecutors claim Peterson killed Laci around December 24, 2002, then dumped her weighted body from his boat into San Francisco Bay. The remains of Laci and the fetus were discovered a few miles from where Peterson claims to have gone fishing alone the day his wife vanished.

After hearing from the judge Monday, jurors asked to review numerous pieces of evidence, including San Francisco Bay tidal charts seized from Peterson's computers; an anchor found on Peterson's boat that prosecutors allege is similar to the ones he used to sink his wife's body; and transcripts and recordings of telephone calls between Peterson and his mistress, Amber Frey.

They also requested information regarding a life insurance policy on Laci Peterson; a two-day fishing license Peterson purchased on December 23; and a transcript of a police interview of Peterson regarding his whereabouts on the day his wife vanished.

Earlier, jurors inspected Peterson's 14-foot aluminum fishing boat, which was brought to the courthouse. They examined the sides and looked under the craft before a few jurors climbed inside and rocked it from side to side.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos then sought a mistrial, claiming jurors violated the judge's order by doing "a juror experiment." The judge quickly denied the motion.

Defense lawyers have argued that it would have been nearly impossible for Peterson to have heaved his wife's 153-pound body over the edge of the boat without tipping.

As an alternative to a mistrial, Geragos asked the judge to be allowed to show jurors a videotaped experiment performed by the defense, apparently showing that the boat would have tipped over. Delucchi denied that request, as well.

Jurors have two choices should they decide to convict Peterson -- first- or second-degree murder.

First-degree convictions, carrying the death penalty or life without parole, would mean jurors believe Peterson planned the killings in advance.

Second-degree murder convictions don't require a finding of premeditation, and carry sentences of 15-years-to-life for each count.

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« Reply #43 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 1:39pm »

This thing is starting to not look good people. What is your opinions. Everybody write in for me. wink
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« Reply #44 on: Nov 9th, 2004, 4:29pm »

Juror #7 has been removed!!!!! The jury has gone back to deliberations with the new alternate juror.
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