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Courtroom Tv Scott Peterson Essay

786 words - 4 pages

Courtroom T.V. - Scott Peterson
CJS/251
February 14, 2016

Courtroom T.V. - Scott Peterson
We chose to discuss the topic of the infamous Scott Peterson murder trial. In the next few paragraphs you will get a well rounded view of the case from start to finish. It is not chalked full of immense detail, but it is a good summary, to give an idea of the case for anyone who may not know or remember much of the case.
Scott Peterson was arrested in La Jolla, CA on April 18, 2003 by the California Department of Justice/Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force. He was arrested in the parking lot of Torrey Pines Golf Course, where he said he was meeting up with his father to play golf. He ...view middle of the document...

Geragos also said, “Peterson was guilty of cheating on his wife, but not killing her.”
On November 12, the jury finally came back, convicting Peterson of 1st Degree murder for killing his wife Laci, and 2nd degree murder for his unborn child Conner. The penalty phase of the trial began November 30. December 13th, 2004 the 12 person jury returned with a verdict of death. 
Members of the jury stated later, that they thought Peterson showed a lack of emotion. His relationship with Frey indicated he was guilty. They also found numerous inconsistencies in his stories, and felt he betrayed his responsibility in protecting his wife, and unborn child. 
On March 16, 2005, Judge Alfred A. Delucchi sentenced Scott Peterson to death by lethal injection. The following day, Peterson arrived in San Quentin State Prison. His case was an automatic appeal to the Supreme Court of California in San Francisco. Peterson's attorney thought he did not have a fair trial. 
On July 6, 2012, Peterson's attorney filed a 423 page appeal of his sentence, citing a jury affected by hostile publicity, a flimsy case, and unreliable dog-sniffing evidence. The State Attorney General's Office filed their brief on January 26, 2015. The defense argued the dog failed two-thirds of tests with similar...

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