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    Scott Lee Peterson - California Death Row


    Laci Peterson




    Summary of Offense:

    Either strangled or smothered his wife on or around Christmas Eve 2002 and dumped the body in the San Francisco Bay. Peterson claims he was fishing alone that day. The decision came almost two years to the date after the disappearance of Laci Peterson, a 27-year-old substitute teacher who married her college sweetheart and was soon to be the proud mother of a baby boy named Conner. The story set off a tabloid frenzy as suspicion began to swirl around Scott Peterson, who claimed to have been fishing by himself on Christmas Eve and was carrying on an affair with a massage therapist at the time. The remains of Laci and the fetus washed ashore about four months later, just a few miles from where Peterson claims to have gone fishing in San Francisco Bay.

    Peterson was sentenced to death in San Mateo County on March 16, 2005.

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    Somewhat related

    Former Peterson mistress Amber Frey sued

    A valley author and artist alleges that Amber Frey, who gained notoriety as the former girlfriend of convicted murderer Scott Peterson, violated a contract between them to write and market a book and a screenplay.

    Peter Reynosa filed a lawsuit late Wednesday in Fresno County Superior Court, seeking either $250,000 or Frey's renewed cooperation on the book, titled "Memoirs of a Sex Addict," and the screenplay, "Myths of the Flesh."

    It is unclear if the book was fiction or a memoir by Frey, but a document attached to the lawsuit that Reynosa said is a contract says authorship would be listed as "Amber Frey as told to Peter Reynosa."

    The screenplay — which is fiction, Reynosa said — was at one point known as "Orgasms of the Dying."

    "She was a collaborator," Reynosa said. "She was definitely part of it."

    Fresno attorney Tres Porter, who filed the suit on Reynosa's behalf, said it "would be to their mutual benefit if she would be a part of this. This is about an author wanting his work brought to fruition."

    Frey did not respond to requests for an interview, but her father, Ron Frey, said the lawsuit was nothing more than an attempt to cash in on his daughter's name.

    "They're just trying to make some money," Ron Frey said. "Amber really is a good person. She just steps in problems all the time."

    Frey, who dated Peterson in 2002, testified for the prosecution at his 2004 trial. The Modesto man was convicted of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, and their unborn child on Christmas Eve 2002 and now sits on death row in San Quentin prison.

    Since then, Frey has published a book of her own, "Witness For the Prosecution of Scott Peterson," but also has been in the news over struggles to run a Clovis day spa and to keep her home out of foreclosure.

    Last week, Frey appeared on daytime talk show "The View" as part of a weeklong series titled "Where Are They Now?"

    A few months ago, her father said, she traveled to Thailand with her church as part of a charity effort to help minority hill tribes.

    Reynosa said he had an idea for the screenplay, but felt the project needed a famous name who lived close by. Frey's name came to mind.

    "I did try to cash in on her name, but it was voluntary on her part," Reynosa said.

    According to the contract, Frey would get 65 percent of the book proceeds and Reynosa would get 35 percent. The two would split any proceeds from the screenplay.

    One contract clause that could come into play says "any final decisions of the content and structure of the book shall be by a mutual decision of both authors."

    Porter said Frey stopped participating because she wanted revisions, but has yet to offer any and has "repeatedly refused" to respond to efforts by Reynosa to reach her.

    Reynosa said he is "still hopeful this can be resolved before we have to go to court."

    Ron Frey, however, gave no indication his daughter would cooperate any time soon.

    "Amber ain't paying nobody off," he said.

    http://www.modbee.com/2011/03/03/158...#ixzz1FZs7Sa33

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    Lawyer seeks more time to file Peterson appeal

    Scott Peterson has asked the California Supreme Court for more time to appeal his death penalty conviction.

    Peterson's lawyer sought the extension Friday—the deadline for the automatic appeal. It was the second such request made by Peterson's lawyer Cliff Gardner.

    The court did not immediately respond to the request.

    All death penalty cases are reviewed by the state Supreme Court.

    Peterson was sentenced to death in 2005 after a San Mateo County jury found him guilty of killing his pregnant wife Laci.

    The case garnered widespread attention beginning with Laci Peterson's disappearance on Dec. 24, 2002, and continuing through Scott Peterson's trial

    http://www.mercurynews.com/news/ci_1...nclick_check=1

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    From Peterson's point of view, I wonder whether he might be making a mistake in retaining private counsel. If he were to seek a court-appointed lawyer, he would have to wait for several years before getting one. Whereas, by having a private lawyer, he's hastening his appeals and, as a consequence, quite possibly his demise.

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    9 years ago today precious baby Conner Peterson washed ashore on the banks of the San Francisco bay followed by Laci no less than 24 hours after her son whom she wanted so badly
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    ....●♥ Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ In Memory of Laci Denise Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♥●....
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    ♥RIP Sweet Little Angel Conner ♥Forever in our hearts♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moh View Post
    From Peterson's point of view, I wonder whether he might be making a mistake in retaining private counsel. If he were to seek a court-appointed lawyer, he would have to wait for several years before getting one. Whereas, by having a private lawyer, he's hastening his appeals and, as a consequence, quite possibly his demise.
    True but every day you get up in the same small dingy cell then go to the small cramped yard with a sack lunch. How long before the monotony of the routine drives you crazy?

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    California's death row must not be that bad. At trial Billy Joe Johnson asked to be sentenced to death.

    randomhero, thanks for the Peterson tribute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Heidi View Post
    California's death row must not be that bad. At trial Billy Joe Johnson asked to be sentenced to death.
    Yes it is one of the better DRs but Peterson was used to living a fairly luxurious life on the outside so you just have to wonder how much of San Quentin can he take?

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    Scott Peterson appeals death sentence

    Eight years after he was sentenced to death for the murders of his wife and unborn son, Scott Peterson has filed an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court.

    Death penalty lawyer Cliff Gardner filed the 423-page document Thursday.

    A San Mateo County jury found the former fertilizer salesman guilty of suffocating Laci and dumping her in the San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002.

    Peterson has always maintained his innocence and his appeal to the Supreme Court is no different. Gardner claims that the overwhelming publicity Peterson's trial received, incorrect evidentiary rulings and other mistakes deprived him of a fair trial. Peterson was convicted in 2004 after a trial that his attorney argues surpassed the O.J. Simpson murder trial in terms of publicity.

    Peterson claims that Laci was killed sometime after he left their Modesto home the morning of Dec. 24, 2002 to go fishing in the San Francisco Bay. Gardner notes that Peterson was convicted and sentenced to death even though investigators never directly proving "how, where or when" the murder occurred.

    Prosecutors told the jury that Laci was killed sometime between the night of Dec. 23, 2002 and the morning of Dec. 24, 2002. They believed Laci was suffocated in her home, but Gardner argues that there was little direct evidence collected at the house to support that theory.

    Gardner argues that the intense publicity the case generated almost from the moment Laci disappeared deprived Peterson of a fair trial. The trial was ordered moved from Stanislaus County of the Petersons' home, to San Mateo County. Gardner argued that the trial should have been moved yet again because of the crush of publicity in San Mateo County.

    "Before hearing even a single witness, nearly half of all prospective jurors admitted they had already decided Mr. Peterson was guilty of capital murder,' Gardner argues. And in what may be a first for the American system of justice, outside the courthouse in which the parties would try to select a fair jury, a radio station posted a large billboard which had a telephone number for people to call in and vote" whether Peterson was a "man or monster." Peterson was pictured in an orange jailhouse jumpsuit.

    "The publicity continued throughout trial," Gardner argued. "A mob estimated at more than 1,000 people gathered at the courthouse to await the guilt phase verdict. After the guilty verdict was announced, the 12 jurors departing to await the beginning of the penalty phase — and decide whether Mr. Peterson would live or die — were met with wild applause and cheering."

    Beyond issues with the publicity, Gardner argues the judge made several erroneous evidentiary decisions and other rulings that led to Peterson receiving an unfair trial. Gardner complains the judge automatically excluded prospective jurors who said they opposed the death penalty. Gardner argued that those jurors should have been questioned more about whether they could still decide the case fairly.

    Gardner also argues that some of the prosecution's strongest evidence should never have been shown to the jury. For instance, Gardner alleges that the police dog who picked up Laci's scent at the Berkeley Marina "even though the dog had a dismal record of being wrong a remarkable 66 percent of the time."

    The thick legal brief delves into numerous other issues alleging incorrect rulings, juror misconduct and other errors.

    All death penalty cases are appealed to the California Supreme Court, which is struggling to keep up with the pace of cases. There are 725 inmates on Death Row and no prisoner has been executed in California since January 2006. Lawsuits in federal and state courts have temporarily halted executions.

    The appeal is expected to take months, if not years, to be resolved.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/06...#ixzz1zpt9zygr
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    Oh, how I love timelines!

    Timeline: The Scott Peterson case

    July 5, 2012: Eight years after being sentenced to death for the murders of wife Laci Peterson and unborn son, Scott Peterson files an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court.

    March 17, 2005: Peterson arrives at California’s San Quentin State Prison.

    March 16, 2005: Judge Alfred Delucchi formally sentences Peterson to death, calling the murder of his wife "cruel, uncaring, heartless, and callous.” Delucchi also denies the defense’s request for a new trial and orders Peterson to pay $10,000 toward the cost of Laci Peterson’s funeral.

    Dec. 13, 2004: A 12-person jury recommends the death penalty for Peterson.

    Nov. 12, 2004: A reconstituted jury convicts Scott Peterson of first-degree murder with special circumstances for killing wife Laci and second-degree murder for killing the fetus she carried.

    May 27, 2004: Twelve jurors are selected for Peterson’s trial. The six men and six women say they would be willing to sentence Scott to death if he was convicted of killing his wife and unborn son.

    Feb. 5, 2004: Peterson’s defense team announces it is ready for trial.

    Feb. 2, 2004: Judge Delucchi bans cameras from the Peterson trial courtroom, and delays the trial by a week in response to a defense request citing Geragos' obligations to a separate murder case in southern California.

    Jan. 27, 2004: Alfred A. Delucchi, a retired Alameda County judge, is appointed by the state's chief justice to preside over the Peterson trial after prosecutors exercises their option to remove Arnason as the trial judge, claiming he would be biased against the state's case.

    Jan. 21, 2004: Retired Contra Costa County Judge Richard Arnason is selected to preside over the Peterson trial. The prosecution asks for the trial to be postponed for two weeks.

    Nov. 18, 2003: Judge Al Girolami rules that Peterson will stand trial on double murder charges. Proceedings are scheduled to begin Jan. 26.

    Nov. 6, 2003: A police detective testifies that Scott Peterson told Frey he was a recent widower on Dec. 9, 2002, two weeks before his wife disappeared, and that Peterson had a handgun in his truck when police responded to his report of a missing person.

    Nov. 3, 2003: A defense expert testifies that mitochondrial DNA tests, which cannot link evidence to a specific individual, are scientifically flawed.

    Oct. 29, 2003: Peterson’s preliminary hearing is held. An FBI expert testifies that mitochondrial DNA tests had loosely-linked a strand of hair found embedded in a pair of needle-nosed pliers on Scott Peterson's boat to Laci.

    Oct. 15, 2003: Sources tell Fox News that telephone logs show that Scott Peterson called Frey hundreds of times after his wife's disappearance, contradicting prior claims that Frey pursued him.

    Aug. 29, 2003: Laci Peterson and her unborn son are buried in a private ceremony.

    Aug. 22, 2003: The Stanislaus County coroner announces that the bodies of Laci Peterson and her unborn son have been released, but does indicate to whom. Later that day, sources tell Fox News that Scott Peterson had admitted -- then denied -- involvement in his wife's disappearance in a wiretapped telephone conversation with his then-girlfriend Amber Frey.

    Aug. 5, 2003: Defense attorneys claim Scott Peterson turned down an offer by the Stanislaus County district attorney to exchange a promise not to seek the death penalty for a confession.

    June 6, 2003: Scott Peterson appears to cry as a judge decides to keep autopsy reports of his slain wife sealed. Judge Al Girolami denies request to issue gag order on lawyers involved in case. Separately, a broker offers nude pictures of Amber Frey to the highest bidder.

    June 2, 2003:
    Scott Peterson’s attorneys announce they are searching for a man named "Donnie" as the possible killer and claim the man may be linked to a mysterious brown van spotted in the area of the Petersons' house on Dec. 24, 2002.

    May 16, 2003: Peterson's lawyers announce theory that “Satanic” cult kidnapped and murdered Laci.

    May 4, 2003: Thousands of people attend Modesto's First Baptist Church for Laci's memorial service.

    May 2, 2003: Scott Peterson hires high-profile attorney Mark Geragos to take over his case.

    April 25, 2003: Stanislaus County District Attorney James Barzelton announces he will seek the death penalty against Scott Peterson.

    April 21, 2003: Scott Peterson pleads not guilty to charges of murdering his wife and unborn child.

    April 18, 2003:
    Police in San Diego arrest Scott Peterson, who is found carrying a large amount of cash and his brother's passport. Attorney General Bill Lockyer says bodies found in Richmond are those of Laci Peterson and her unborn son.

    April 14, 2003: The body of a woman and a male fetus that washed ashore in Richmond, Calif., are found.

    March 6, 2003: Modesto police officially declare the case a homicide.

    Feb. 18, 2003: Authorities issue a search warrant for the Petersons’ home in Modesto, where they remove possible evidence.

    Feb. 17, 2003: Scott Peterson's mother, Jackie, tells The Associated Press her family believes kidnappers abducted Laci Peterson with intentions of holding her captive until she delivered the baby.

    Feb. 10, 2003: Laci Peterson’s expected due date.

    Jan. 24, 2003: Amber Frey, a massage therapist from Fresno, confirms she had a romantic relationship with Scott Peterson.

    Jan. 23, 2003: Laci Peterson’s family says Scott Peterson told authorities he had been involved with another woman.

    Jan. 17, 2003: Relatives of Laci Peterson hold a news conference to demand Scott Peterson tell authorities everything he knows about the case.

    Dec. 24, 2002: Laci Peterson, while 8-months pregnant, is reported missing from her home in Modesto, Calif., by husband Scott Peterson. He claimed to have returned from a fishing trip and was unable to find his wife.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/07/06...#ixzz1zrazix4i
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