Court docket orders re-examination of Scott Peterson's homicide convictions

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

The California Supreme Court ruled that Scott Peterson's 2004 murder convictions because of his pregnant wife, Laci, and unborn child, Connor, should be reexamined. Scott Peterson told police he had left the couple's Modesto home that morning to go fishing in Berkeley.

Prosecutors claimed that Peterson dumped the bodies of his wife and unborn son from his fishing boat in the San Francisco Bay. A passerby found them a few miles from where Scott Peterson said he had gone fishing.

Peterson's case made headlines worldwide when he was convicted in 2004 of the first degree murder of his 27-year-old wife, Laci Peterson, who was eight months pregnant at the time.

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.

The attacker - who was tried based mostly on Good's prices - was convicted and sentenced to per week within the slammer, Peterson's attorneys mentioned.

The state Supreme Court responded by finding one matter warranted additional review.

According to the petition, the juror "had lied her way onto" the panel by falsely denying that she had ever been the victim of a crime or involved in a lawsuit, even though, while pregnant, she had sought a restraining order against a boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. The court said Peterson contents his trial was flawed for many reasons, starting with the amount of pretrial publicity. What she did was file a restraining order against her boyfriend's ex on account of harassment.

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

His attorneys have previously claimed Nice deceived the judge to get on the jury for the high profile case.

The court agreed with Peterson's argument that potential jurors were improperly dismissed from the jury pool after saying they personally disagreed with the death penalty but would be willing to follow the law and impose it. The justices cited "significant errors" in jury selection. Nice said no to both questions.

"She never threatened to kill me, to kill my unborn child, to beat me up", Nice said. His legal team has appealed for his innocence numerous times.

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

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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