Tuesday, 20 October, 2020

Scott Peterson convictions in murder of pregnant wife, Laci, ordered re-examined

Court orders re-examination of Scott Peterson’s murder convictions Scott Peterson murder convictions to be re-examined in San Mateo court
Deanna Wagner | 18 October, 2020, 05:30

Cliff Gardner, a lawyer for Peterson in his challenge to the death sentence, said of Thursday's order, "We agree not only with the Court's apparent concern about juror candor during the jury selection process, but with its recognition about how central the misconduct was to the ability of the jury to reach a fair decision in this case". Judge Marie Sovey Silveira denied the petition.

Prosecutors claimed that Peterson dumped the bodies of his wife and unborn son from his fishing boat in the San Francisco Bay.

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a trial judge to consider whether Scott Peterson's convictions for murdering his wife, Laci, and their unborn son should be overturned. The juror in question was pregnant at the time of the lawsuit. When asked about it Nice told CNN, "I'm not making any comments".

However, this sentence has been overturned and the California Supreme Court has been ordered to re-examine the case when it was discovered that a juror, Richelle Nice, committed prejudicial misconduct because she did not disclose that she had been involved in prior legal proceedings. They were found a few miles from where Peterson had said he was fishing.

Laci Peterson disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002, and her husband, who lived with her in Modesto, said he had gone on a fishing trip to Berkeley that morning.

The paper reported that Juror No. 7 neglected to show that, in 2000, she filed a suit against her boyfriend ex-girlfriend and got a restraining order following the ex allegedly harassed her while she was pregnant.

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She mentioned she feared for her unborn little one when she filed a lawsuit to acquire a restraining order towards the girl.

In 2004, a San Mateo County jury convicted Scott Peterson of the first-degree murder of his wife and the second-degree murder of the fetus.

Later, Nice, along with several other jurors, published a book about their experience during Peterson's trial.

Peterson's lawyers argued that Nice worked hard to get on the jury. Nice stated she was willing to serve as a juror, even though her employer would not pay her for the duration of the months-long trial. His legal team has appealed for his innocence numerous times.

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