California Supreme Court orders re-examination of Scott Peterson's murder convictions

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2020

Lower than two months after overturning his loss of life penalty, the California Supreme Court docket has ordered a trial choose to contemplate whether or not to overturn Scott Peterson's convictions for murdering his spouse, Laci, and their unborn son, in line with a report.

In August, the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson's death sentence, which he had been given after being convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son. It asks the trial court to determine whether Peterson should be granted a new trial on the grounds that "Juror No. 7 committed prejudicial misconduct by not disclosing her prior involvement with other legal proceedings, including but not limited to being the victim of a crime".

Prosecutors contended that Peterson dumped their bodies from his fishing boat into San Francisco Bay where their bodies washed ashore almost four months later in April 2003.

Scott Peterson, who is now 47, was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his 27-year-old wife and the second-degree murder of their unborn son.

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"Peterson claims his trial was faulty for many reasons, starting with the odd number of pretrial publicity which surrounded the situation", the court stated in its judgment, according to In Touch. If the evidence clearly shows misconduct, prosecutors will have to show the juror's actions were irrelevant to the case to prevail.

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

"I am very confident that we can win it", Gardner said Thursday.

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"Jurors will come in and have an agenda", he said.

The California Supreme Court rarely issues such orders and usually limits them to sentences, not verdicts, said Scott Kauffman, a criminal defense appellate lawyer.

"The court added that there had been" a collection of obvious and important errors in jury decision which, under longstanding United States Supreme Court precedent, jeopardized Peterson's right to an unbiased jury in the punishment stage".

Frey admitted that they were having an affair and the affair began November 20 after Peterson told her he was a widower. She published a book with several other jurors about their experience during the 2004 trial.

Peterson's attorneys argued Nice worked hard to get on the jury. He said he had no concerns about Nice, at least back when she was initially an alternate.

Convicted murderer Scott Peterson's hopes to get out of prison were given a boost.

Newsom was said to be a longtime opposition of the death penalty.

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