Scott Peterson News
Death Penalty Overturned
On August 24, 2020, the California Supreme Court overturned Scott Peterson’s death sentence, because of jury selection errors. Attorney Cliff Gardner filed this appeal in 2012.
On October 23, 2020 Stanislaus County prosecutors said they will seek another death penalty against Mr. Peterson, during the next sentencing trial. This trial was scheduled for November 2020.
But on November 6, 2020 Scott Peterson waived his right to a speedy trial for sentencing. This gives him time to wait for a decision on whether he received a fair trial. The sentencing trial was rescheduled for January 21, 2021.
Hopefully, the sentencing trial will not take place — and Scott Peterson will get a new trial — with new evidence and new witnesses.
Will Scott Peterson Get a New Trial?
On October 14, 2020 the California Supreme Court ordered a San Mateo County judge to decide if Scott Peterson’s guilty verdict should be overturned.
I am very confident that we can win it. Whether we do or not, there are a lot of things that go into that calculus.
Was there juror misconduct? The Stanislaus County District Attorney will reply to the Order to Show Cause by December 19, 2020. Mr. Peterson’s attorneys must reply to them by January 12, 2021.
Lies by Richelle Nice / Juror 7
Juror Richelle Nice lied on her juror application and interview. In 2000, a pregnant Ms. Nice was a victim and a witness in a domestic violence case.
This is important, because Mr. Peterson’s attorneys would have rejected her juror application, if they knew her history.
A juror who conceals relevant facts or gives false answers during the voir dire examination thus undermines the jury selection process, impairing the defendant’s ability to exercise for-cause and peremptory challenges.
Such a juror commits misconduct.
Scott Peterson deserves a new trial. I think he is innocent.
Scott Lee Peterson met Laci Denise Rocha while they were students at California Polytechnic State University.
Laci graduated in 1997 with a degree in ornamental horticulture. Scott graduated the following year, with a degree in agricultural business. The couple dated for two years, before marrying in 1997.
The Petersons moved to Modesto in 2000. They purchased a 3 bedroom home at 523 Covena Avenue, one mile from Laci’s Mom. Laci and Scott decorated a bedroom for their unborn son.
Laci Peterson disappeared on December 24, 2002. A telephone line received tips and a reward was offered for Laci’s return.
Although there was no physical evidence, Scott Peterson was the only suspect.
Peterson’s ex-girlfriends provided most of the circumstantial evidence against him. He admitted cheating on Laci with several women.
Laci Peterson deserved a faithful husband. But there is no evidence that her adulterous husband murdered her.
Janet Ilse Meets Laci Peterson
Janet Ilse dated Scott for five months in college, after he married Laci. Police learned about their affair, because Ms. Ilse called the Laci Peterson police tip line.
Modesto police detective Allen Brocchini interviewed Ilse. Court TV obtained excerpts of their discussion.
Janet learned about Scott’s marriage, because she arrived at Scott’s college residence after midnight, to surprise him. One of Scott’s three roommates let her into their shared house. But Janet found Scott and Laci in bed.
Janet made it obvious to Laci that Scott and Janet were in an intimate relationship.Detective Allen Brocchini
Every adulterer on Bad Marriages had the same problem: they needed a divorce.
Shawn Sibley and Amber Frey
Scott Peterson met Shawn Sibley in October 2002, at a business convention in Anaheim.
Eric Olsen was Peterson’s employee at Tradecorp. He attended the convention with Peterson.
Olsen said Peterson and Sibley spoke, “Mainly about sexual positions and that sort of thing.”
Peterson called Olsen after the convention.
I shouldn’t have met her. I did something stupid.Scott Peterson
Shawn Sibley liked Peterson, but she was engaged. Sibley thought Peterson was single.
…he said that he had dated, had a lot of one-night-stands, and he was sick of having one-night-stands.
And he was sick of, seemed like all the women he met were just these bimbos with no brains.
She introduced Peterson to her best friend, Amber Frey.
Scott met Amber Frey, an attractive 5’6″ / 110 pound masseuse, when his wife was 7 months pregnant.
Who Was Amber Frey?
Amber Frey had a history of sleeping with married men. In 1998 she lived with Josh Hart, a married male stripper with a pregnant wife.
What kind of woman who was secure about herself would let some male stripper move in with her after a couple of weeks? Josh Hart
Ms. Frey gave birth to a daughter in 2000, but refused to identify the father. A subsequent (2004) DNA test revealed an unexpected father.
Amber Frey claims to be religious.
Scott Peterson Wanted Amber Frey
Peterson appealed to Frey’s faith. He said he was preparing for his first Christmas without his late wife. It worked.
Scott said that he was looking forward to settling down, but that he hadn’t yet found the right person.
On November 20, 2002, Shawn Sibley watched Frey’s daughter Ayiana, while Mr. Peterson and Ms. Frey slept together on their first date.
Mike Almasri worked with Sibley. But Scott Peterson had interviewed him for a sales job at Tradecorp. Peterson did not hire Almasri.
At the end of the interview I just noticed that he looked young, so I just asked him, you know, how was he able to get into such a position for his young age.
And he indicated that he had met with the company, and he lived in Modesto, and him and his wife just bought a house.Mike Almasri
Sibley met Almasri on December 6, and asked him if he knew Scott Peterson. Almasri told her he knew a Scott Peterson in Modesto, who was married.
Sibley went outside to call Peterson.
Scott denied that he was married, so Sibley called Eric Olsen.
I told her she should speak to Scott about that.Eric Olsen
New Lie to Cover Old Lie
Sibley continued her investigation by calling Scott. He told Sibley that his wife died, and asked her not to tell Amber Frey.
Scott, I don’t care if you are widowed, or you are divorced. All I care about is are you currently married right now?Shawn Sibley
Gloria Gomez interviews Scott Peterson (22:31)
Scott’s Chance to End Affair
Peterson eventually confessed to Sibley and Frey. Nevertheless, Frey slept with Peterson one more time, and she continued to speak to him.
You’re married. How do you figure you never cheated on me?Amber Frey
Peterson’s conversations with Frey ultimately led to his conviction.
I want to tell you everything, but I can’t.
Laci Peterson Disappears
On December 24, 2002, Scott went fishing on his 14 foot boat, while his 8 month pregnant wife Laci walked around Modesto, California with their dog.
Several witnesses saw Laci walking a dog, after Scott left to go fishing.
But Laci disappeared. A neighbor found her dog.
Nobody knows what happened to Laci Peterson, because this crime was too complex and difficult for the investigators assigned to it.
I think the police bungled this investigation. Detectives ignored witnesses and evidence.
We will never know what happened to Laci Peterson, because she needed a dedicated team of brilliant investigators to solve her murder.
Police and prosecutors wanted to close this case, and move on to the next one.
Laci Peterson Sightings
Chief Wasden made a comment during his news conference that on the evening before Christmas Eve, Laci’s mother had spoken to Laci at 8:15 and that’s the last time anyone saw Laci.
Not true. There are several people who saw Laci.
Gene Pedrioli saw Laci between 10:15 and 10:30, after shopping at a drug store. He watched Laci and her dog McKenzie walk around some branches on the ground. Pedrioli noticed her dog, because he owned a dog with the same color.
Vivian Mitchell reported seeing Laci from her window at 10:15, nine blocks from the Peterson home. She told her husband Bill Mitchell, “There’s the pregnant woman with the beautiful smile.”
Bill advised his wife to call the police, after Laci was reported missing. Unfortunately, the police never responded.
Former police officer Tom Harshman also called the Laci tip line. Harshman told police he saw a woman matching Laci’s description urinating by the side of the road.
Tom Harshman also saw a man with a ponytail, forcing the woman into the back of a van near the Peterson house on December 28, 2002.
Also — Harshman said police did not send his information to Peterson’s defense before the trial started.
Homer Maldonado saw Laci a half block from her home at 9:45 AM.
I slowed down and was taking a good look. What caught my eye was she was so pregnant. There’s no question it was her.Homer Maldonado
Mike Chiavetta was a history teacher and water polo coach at Modesto High. Chivetta saw McKenzie in East La Loma Park at 10:45, while playing with his own dog.
It’s a pretty distinctive dog.Mike Chiavetta
Unfortunately, Chiavetta was not sure he if he saw Laci Peterson.
I remember looking over, and, in my mind, I see a woman with a big white smock and black leggings.Mike Chiavetta
Laci Peterson was last seen wearing black pants and a long sleeved white shirt.
Diana Campos was a Stanislaus County Hospital employee. Campos saw a woman and a barking dog resembling Laci Peterson and McKenzie in Dry Creek Regional Park, near the Peterson home about 10:45, while she was outside smoking.
Then on that same day you interviewed Campos, who also saw two people, who — described as being very dirty and telling somebody who’s got a Golden Retriever, who’s six to seven months pregnant, who’s walking the dog in the park, to, “Shut the f* dog up,” and the dog is barking.
Did that occur to you as to be maybe significant in this investigation?Mark Geragos
Why Didn’t These Witnesses Testify?
Modesto police wanted to convict Scott Peterson.
Blaming Mark Geragos
Peterson and his latest attorneys blame Mark Geragos for missing witnesses. The Peterson trial was Geragos’s first capital trial.
Here, counsel promised (1) five witnesses who saw Laci alive after Scott left home, (2) one witness who saw Laci forced into a van, and (3) multiple witnesses who saw Scott launch a boat that contained nothing that could have been a body.
Counsel then produced none of these witnesses.
And the prosecutor in closing explicitly asked jurors to draw the precise inference which the case law recognizes as so prejudicial, telling jurors that petitioner had a “very experienced defense team” with “very good lawyers” and that the reason these witnesses were not called was because they would not support the defense case.REPLY TO INFORMAL RESPONSE TO PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
Karen Servas Contradicts Other Witnesses
Karen Servas was the Peterson’s neighbor. She found McKenzie in the street and returned him to the Peterson’s backyard.
Ms. Servas originally told police that she found McKenzie at 10:30. However, she changed her time to 10:18 after finding a sales receipt. Servas sent a note to Detective Buehler.
Enclosed is my receipt from Austins on 12/24/02.
After I found the Peterson’s dog and put it back in their yard, I went in briefly to wash my hands at my house. I then went to Bank of America, couldn’t find a parking spot; then drove to Austin’s.
I have retraced my trip; timed it from the time I found the dog to parking at Austin’s. I approximated the time it took was about 11 minutes.
I was in Austin’s for five minutes before I made my purchase. I went to the second cash register furthest away from the front door.
So I estimate I found the dog at 10:18 a.m., based on the receipt and working the timing backwards. If you need any more info, please call me at 480-1744.
Ten Minute Crime?
Police found Laci wearing tan pants, but Scott said she wore black pants.
However, if Scott left his house at 10:08, and Laci was missing at 10:18, there is only ten minutes for her wardrobe change and abduction.
Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?
According to Karen Servas, everyone who saw Laci and McKenzie was wrong, because she found McKenzie at 10:18.
But Ms. Servas’s time estimate is based upon a store receipt.
Was the time on her receipt accurate?
But nobody knows if the time stamp on the Karen Servas receipt was accurate. Because the two receipts Jensen and Austin tested had different dates, and a 49 minute time difference.
Russell Graybill delivered mail to 500 homes, including the Petersons. He was familiar with neighborhood dogs. McKenzie barked at him, when he delivered mail or walked on the property.
Graybill testified McKenzie was not outside between 10:35 and 10:50 on December 24, 2002.
Graybill also told police the Peterson’s gate was open on Christmas Eve.
Bodies of Laci and Conner Peterson
Laci and Scott planned to name their baby Conner.
A hiker discovered Conner in Richmond, California on April 13, 2003.
A dog walker discovered Laci’s decomposed body the next day, a mile from Conner.
Laci’s head and limbs were missing. She had two cracked ribs.
Laci Peterson’s cause of death was “undetermined,” despite her missing head and limbs.
Police arrested Scott Peterson on April 18, 2003.
How Did Laci Peterson Die?
Prosecutors said Scott Peterson:
- 1) Strangled Laci on December 23, 2002.
- 2) Transported her body in his truck to his rented warehouse.
- 3) Moved her body to his fishing boat.
- 4) Launched boat at Berkeley Marina.
- 5) Attached four anchors to Laci’s body and dumped her in San Francisco Bay.
Scott Peterson performed several jobs in his office / warehouse that point to his innocence.
He was logged into a computer for 26 minutes, reading and sending email.
Most important to me, was downloading instructions to assemble a mortiser, and assembling it.
An educated murderer with a dead wife in his truck or boat, might pause to answer job related email.
But a murderer would not assemble a mortiser, before they disposed of their victim.
Additionally, Scott parked his truck outside.
How could Scott leave a corpse in his truck for over an hour?
Also — why would Scott kill Laci on Christmas Eve? Her parents expected to see her on Christmas Day.
Investigators found one hair from Laci in Scott’s boat.
However, Peterson’s little 14 foot boat, with two seats, capsized when his defense team simulated the event.
Incredibly, the jury was not allowed to watch this video, showing a mannequin and weights dumped from the little boat.
The trial court excluded defense evidence of an experiment showing that if a man of Mr. Peterson’s weight tried to do what the state suggested, the boat would capsize.
In closing argument, the prosecutor then relied on the absence of any defense evidence suggesting the boat was unstable.
Scott Peterson did not receive a fair trial.
How Did Conner Peterson Die?
Conner was less decomposed than Laci. Was Conner born?
His placenta and umbilical cord were not found.
It does tell us that the baby was in the womb for many months after Laci was in the water and Laci in fact protected the baby until the baby came out shortly before the bodies were found.Dr. Michael Baden
A similar opinion, by another experienced forensic pathologist.
The dead baby was not in the water for three-and-a-half months. No way.
The baby was in the water two days, three days, four days, something like this.
There’s no question about that.Dr. Cyril Wecht
Was Conner Killed?
Conner Peterson was found with plastic tape knotted around his neck and shoulder. The drawing shown is a courtroom sketch of Conner’s body. This tape could have been used to tie a bag over Conner’s head.
Dr. Cyril H. Wecht is a renowned forensic pathologist. Dr. Wecht is also an attorney. He consulted on high profile cases including Nicole Simpson, Elvis Presley and President Kennedy.
Mark Geragos hired Dr. Wecht to examine the bodies of Laci and Conner Peterson. Dr. Wecht discussed the tape found on Conner with Greta van Susteren:
And you know that twine around the neck and over the shoulder, on the arm?
How about if there is some kind of a bag that is over the baby that is held in place with that tape, and the bag dissolves and breaks apart in the water and the tape remains?
There are a lot of explanations. The baby’s head was 28 centimeters circumference. I measured 20 centimeters around the neck.
You talk about something coming over the head, the body’s floating in the water? You couldn’t do that in a million years.
Conner’s Gestational Age
Unfortunately, expert witnesses for the prosecution and defense could only guess Conner’s gestational age.
Please read Conner’s Age Proves Scott’s Innocence by Marlene Newell for a comprehensive comparison of the experts’ methods and conclusions.
Was Laci Sacrificed?
Laci’s head and limbs were missing.
Conner, the fetus, was missing his umbilical cord.
Scott was a habitual womanizer, just like Drew Peterson.
Women liked him. Scott slept with Amber Frey on their first date. He liked women.
Why would Scott dismember his wife?
Laci disappeared on December 24th – Christmas Eve.
Satanic cults celebrate Demon Revels on this date, with animal and human sacrifices.
Did you folks know that there’s another pregnant lady that was floating in that bay in January?
Another torso and two other pregnant women missing in that area.
The remains of Evelyn Hernandez washed ashore on July 24, 2002 — nine months before Laci.
Ms. Hernandez was pregnant, and found without limbs — like Laci. But she was a poor unwed immigrant from El Salvador.
The discovery of Evelyn Hernandez received much less publicity than Laci Peterson. Sadly, her six year old son also disappeared.
One Year Later
The San Francisco Mayor’s office waited a year, before offering a $10,000 reward for the killer of Evelyn Hernandez.
Laci Peterson has a family.
Evelyn didnâ€™t have people to pressure the police and the media.
Two pregnant women murdered nine months apart, found near other, missing limbs. Is that a coincidence?
Was Laci Peterson Abducted?
Rudy and Susan Medina lived across the street from the Petersons. Burglers robbed the Medina residence about the same time that Laci disappeared.
Neighbor Diane Jackson saw three men outside the Medina home, standing next to a “brown or tan van.” Additionally, Edgar Maldonado and his wife saw a similar vehicle parked at a gas station.
Where is the Tape?
In 2005, after Scott’s conviction, Modesto police learned that a recorded prison conversation discussed the murder of Laci Peterson.
The recorded conversation reportedly said a burglar threatened Laci, because she witnessed a robbery.
Incredibly, this recording – that might lead to the real murderer – was lost.
Modesto police claimed they never received the recording.
Brown Van and Laci’s Missing Croton Watch
Laci inherited a Croton watch worth $750 from her grandmother. Laci tried selling this watch on eBay, but withdrew it because the bids were too low.
This watch was missing after Laci’s disappearance.
Court TV obtained a pawn receipt signed by Deanna Renfro on December 31, 2002 for either the same watch, or a similar watch.
Do you remember that Diane Jackson saw a van during the Medina house robbery?
On December 28, 2002 an unidentified woman said she was raped by two men and two women in a brown van.
Police reportedly tracked the van back to Mary Ann Renfrow, Donnie Renfrow and family. They lived at a Modesto campsite. Despite the different spelling, Deanna Renfro is Donnie Renfrow’s stepdaughter.
The prosecution and defense teams both tested the van. Nothing related to Laci was found in the van.
Did they test the correct van? How did Deanna Renfro get Laci’s watch?
Amber Frey Gets Even with Scott Peterson
Gloria Allred represented Amber Frey.
…if he had known that Amber had been taping him and those phone calls with her and turning all of those tapes over to the police, which she had been doing, I don’t know whether he might have intended to kill her, to harm her in some way, to abduct here, to kidnap her.Gloria Allred
A Woman Scorned
Amber Frey might have believed Scott’s outrageous lies, because he treated her daughter well. Frey believed Scott could not join Ayiana and her for Thanksgiving, because he would be fishing in Alaska.
Although they were dating for less than two months, Amber and Scott had unprotected sex after a Christmas party because she wanted his baby.
At this point, Scott needed to change this telephone number and find a new woman, or pay attention to his pregnant wife.
Amber Frey Gets the News
Police gave Amber Frey equipment to record telephone calls.
She recorded 29 hours of conversations with Scott.
But Scott never said he killed Laci.
Amber Frey’s Tapes
Twelve hours of Frey’s recorded conversations with Peterson were played at his trial.
Scott Peterson traded his freedom, to continue his charade with Amber Frey for three additional weeks.
These tapes were the sole factor, in my opinion, in putting Scott Peterson to death.John Guinasso, Juror
Juries and Capital Punishment
It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.Maimonides
This author does not want to serve on the jury for a capital crime.
Especially, a crime without physical evidence or witnesses.
Additionally, why would someone volunteer for this jury?
Also: wouldn’t you expect jurors to take their job VERY seriously?
Jury duty appealed to Justin Falconer, because he was collecting disability from his job as an airport screener. However, he did not take it seriously.
First, a news photographer filmed Mr. Falconer speaking to Brent Rocha, Laci’s brother, at the courthouse metal detector, on their way to the courtroom.
Falconer said, “I got in the way of your shot for the news today.”
A juror should not speak to anyone. Judge Delucchi forgave Justin Falconer for speaking to Brent Rocha. But Judge Delucchi removed him from the jury, two days after this incident.
I think Delucchi removed Falconer because he admitted discussing the case outside court, and Juror 8 complained about him.
Loss for Defense
…he’s an innocent man sitting there right now and they made that very clear to us…Justin Falconer
Although Justin Falconer was only a juror for 13 days, it hurt Peterson to lose him.
I mean I’ve got to believe that no matter what the presentation was based on the evidence that they have, no matter how they presented it, this particular juror never would have been convinced.
Judge Delucchi removed Frances Gorman for undisclosed reasons. But analysts think Gorman conducted her own research.
Jurors must rely on trial testimony. California jurors are not even allowed to check a word in a dictionary.
Ms. Gorman did not comment on her dismissal.
Richelle Nice / Strawberry Shortcake
Alternate juror Richelle Nice replaced Frances Gorman.
Media named her “Strawberry Shortcake,” for brightly colored hair and clothing.
Ms. Nice is the perfect example of death penalty jury frenzy: she lost her job at a credit union, to be an alternate juror.
She also lied to be on the jury.
Richelle Nice did not disclose a domestic violence incident and court case on her juror questionnaire.
I think she lied on several questions, because she wanted to punish Scott Peterson.
Attorney Mark Geragos called her a stealth juror.
How Did Richelle Nice Lie?
Richelle Nice lied at least three times answering questions on her juror questionnaire.
On November 27, 2000 Richelle Nice filed a lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court, “Petition for Injunction Prohibiting Harassment.”
… when Ms. Nice was four and one-half months pregnant in November of 2000, she and her unborn baby were threatened, assaulted and stalked by her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend, Marcella Kinsey.
Ms. Nice was so frightened that she filed a lawsuit to obtain a restraining order against Kinsey. Ms. Nice’s petition stated that she “feels like Marcella would try to hurt the baby, with all the hate and anger she has for Richelle.”
In fact, Ms. Nice, while representing herself, sued her attacker for causing her to begin premature contractions, threatening the life of her unborn child.
In fact, at trial on her own complaint against her attacker, Ms. Nice was sworn and called as a witness.
Based on Ms. Nice’s testimony, the court granted her a three-year restraining order. As a result of her malicious conduct against Ms. Nice, Ms. Kinsey was convicted of the crime of vandalism and was sentenced to a week in county jail.Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
Simple Juror Questions
Let’s start with questions from the juror questionnaire.
- Have you ever been involved in a lawsuit (other than divorce proceedings)?
- If yes, were you: ___The plaintiff ___The defendant ___Both
- Have you ever participated in a trial as a party, witness or interested observer?
- If yes, please explain: _____________________________
- Have you, or any member of your family, or close friends, ever been the VICTIM of a crime or a WITNESS to any crime?
- If yes, please explain:______________________________
Do you understand these questions? Richelle Nice claims she did not understand the questions. She answered ‘No’ and offered no explanations.
Everyone has a daily schedule and a life plan to reach helpful goals. Richelle Nice created a plan, and devoted lots of time, to send a stranger to prison.
But through luck or Divine Intervention, her lies will probably get Scott Peterson a new trial.
Frying Scott Peterson
Attorney Lawrence Gibbs disagreed with Richelle Nice in a Writ of Habeas Corpus.
Her deceit is included in one claim for relief.
…when 10 of the jurors had decided to acquit of first degree murder in connection with Conner’s death, Ms. Nice was one of two holdouts for a first degree conviction.
As Ms. Nice later described her role as a holdout, she asked her fellow-jurors, “How can you not kill the baby,” pointing to her own stomach.
She pleaded to her fellow-jurors, “That was no fetus, that was a child.”
And after trial, Ms. Nice took the extraordinary step of writing numerous letters to the man she helped put on death row, focusing repeatedly on what she believed he had done to his unborn child.
Ms. Nice’s falsehoods in getting on this jury require a grant of relief.
Who Investigates Jurors?
Why didn’t attorney Mark Geragos or his staff, investigate potential jurors? Mr. Geragos complained about Richelle Nice after the trial.
Had I known about Ms. Nice’s lawsuit, and that she had been the victim of threats of violence against her life andthe life of her unborn child from malicious acts of another, I would absolutely have challenged her for cause.
The state was alleging that Mr. Peterson had harmed his unborn child. There is no way in the world I would have wanted a juror to sit in judgment of Mr. Peterson, when that juror had been a victim of the very crime for which Mr. Peterson was on trial.
Richelle Nice should not have been a juror. Is that enough to get Scott Peterson a new trial?
Scott Peterson Needed an Honest Jury
Every trial requires an honest jury.
Mark Geragos agreed with Lawrence Gibbs about Richelle Nice.
There is no way in the world I would have wanted a juror to sit in judgment of Mr. Peterson, when that juror had been a victim of the very crime for which Mr. Peterson was on trial.
Gregory Jackson replaced Justin Falconer.
Mr. Jackson worked for a law firm, but he also had a degree from a medical school. Jackson was the jury foreman, when he was dismissed.
Judge Delucchi did not explain his decision. Additionally, his notes on this decision are sealed.
Jackson’s replacement knew Scott and Laci Peterson. He worked with Laci for six weeks.
The New York Times described him as “the future father-in-law of a man who owns the Shack, a restaurant in San Luis Obispo that was started by Scott and Laci Peterson in their early years together.”
There Was No Evidence Against Scott Peterson
Peterson lied about almost everything. He even lied about the weather.
Scott Peterson said he stopped fishing because it started to rain, but the Berkeley Marina harbormaster said there was no rain that day.
I think the worst evidence against Peterson was a box of wedding photos in the garbage can of his storage unit. However, people under stress are not always logical.
Additionally, Laci’s watch, jewelry, phone were left at home. Why would she walk the dog without them?
Scott made at least one, and up to 5, cement boat anchors. He dismantled them to use the cement to fix his driveway.
Detectives found one strand of Laci’s hair on Scott’s boat.
Nevertheless, the boat was stored in Scott’s rented warehouse, and two warehouse employees saw Laci on or about December 20, 2002.
Jurors ignored these facts when they convicted Scott Peterson of first degree murder.
The jury suggested a death sentence for Mr. Peterson. Judge Alfred A. Delucchi agreed. He sentenced Scott Peterson to death for the murder of wife Laci, and unborn son Conner.
Judge Delucchi died in 2008. The California Supreme Court overturned his death sentence in 2020.
Scott Peterson’s Appeals
California Supreme Court Overturned Scott Peterson’s Death Sentence
On August 24, 2020, California Supreme Court overturned Scott Peterson’s death sentence, because of jury selection errors. Attorney Cliff Gardner filed this appeal in 2012.
…before the trial began, the trial court made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson’s right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase.
We affirm the judgment as to guilt, reverse the judgment as to the sentence of death, and remand the matter for a new penalty determination.
Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager had 150 days to ask the United States Supreme Court to review the decision. However, she did not appeal the decision.
Scott Peterson also hired attorney Lawrence Gibbs to file an appeal in 2015.
It turns out that the jury deciding this case did not have the whole truth â€“ or anything close.Lawrence Gibbs
This appeal is excellent. Attorney Lawrence Gibbs made 19 claims to prove that Scott Peterson’s conviction is wrong.
For example, Laci Peterson was alive on December 24.
Margarita Nava cleaned the Peterson home. Ms. Nava put Laci’s curling iron away on December 23. Yet the curling iron was out, and apparently used by Laci on the morning on December 24, 2002.
Additionally, Laci’s sister Amy Rocha said Laci wore different pants on December 23.
Amy Rocha identified the pants Laci wore during a search by police.
Incredibly, California’s response claims, “…the prosecution presented overwhelming evidence, independent of the dog trailing evidence, which proved that appellant murdered Laci and Conner…”
Habeas Corpus Brief
An earlier version of this article, called this a “Second Appeal.”
Someone can file this document, if they lose their first (direct) appeal. However, the Habeas Corpus document can include issues that were not covered during the trial.
A person can file an Application for a Writ of Habeas Corpus, to point out flaws in their defense.
California Supreme Court Oral Arguments
On June 2, 2020 attorney Cliff Gardner explained to the California Supreme Court, why Scott Peterson deserves a new trial.
Two reasons were the jury selection and venue.
Watch the Webcast
Watch Supreme Court Oral Arguments of June 2, 2020. The video is 6 hours and 41 minutes long. People v. Peterson starts at 5:15.
Mr. Gardner explained why three jurors were rejected for the wrong reasons.
The prosecution is not entitled to a jury of 12 people that think the death penalty is swell.
Was Los Angeles a Better Location for Scott Peterson’s Trial?
Mr. Gardner also complained about the “pre-judgement rate,” because of the trial’s location.
Fake news, inadmissible evidence and pre-trial publicity poisoned potential jurors.
Witnesses Who Saw Laci Peterson Never Testified
Scott Peterson’s attorneys filed Reply to Informal Response to Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus in December, 2018. One example:
Although counsel promised to produce several witnesses who saw Laci alive and walking her dog after Scott left to go fishing, he never called a single one.
Counsel’s broken promises deprived Scott of the effective assistance of counsel.Reply to Informal Response to Petition for Writ of Habeas Corpus
However, California disagreed with Mr. Peterson:
In any event, even if trial counsel should have called these individuals to testify, it would not have resulted in a more favorable outcome for Peterson…
New Evidence to Exonerate Scott Peterson
The Murder of Laci Peterson is a documentary that presents new evidence and more of Scott’s interview.
New evidence includes notes from Russell Graybill, the Peterson’s mail carrier.
According to Mr. Graybill’s notes, Laci was walking the dog while Scott was home, logged into his work computer.
The Carole Sund Carrington Memorial Reward Foundation offered a $500,000 reward for Laci’s safe return, or $50,000 for information leading to her.
This $500,000 reward attracted Scott Bernstein, president of Falcon Investigations in New York State.
Scott Bernstein pretended to be a member of the “U.S. Fugitive Task Force” and “New York Fugitive Task Force” to gain access to restricted information and photos of suspects.
Bernstein Interviews and Evidence
Scott Bernstein interviewed Sarah Taberna.
Ms. Taberna stole checks from Scott Peterson’s warehouse mailbox, after Laci disappeared.
He also visited The Pawn Shop in Modesto for information on a pawned Croton watch. This watch was similar to the missing watch that Laci inherited from her grandmother.
Alas, the store owner called police because Bernstein inquired about the Peterson case.
Additionally, Scott Bernstein almost lost his New York investigator’s license after a 2005 interview by Catherine Crier, on Court TV.
Scott Bernstein foolishly showed Catherine Crier booking photos of suspects, that were only available to authorities.
Police Arrest Scott Bernstein
Stanislaus County investigator Lt. Mark Smith reported Bernstein after watching his interview with Catherine Crier.
Bernstein pleaded no contest to one count of impersonating a police officer.
Is Bernstein Credible?
Despite his felony conviction, Court TV hired Scott Bernstein as a legal analyst. Bernstein mailed a letter to Peterson’s jurors in 2007, requesting interviews.
Scott Bernstein claimed he “turned up promising leads and new evidence for this case.”
However, Scott Bernstein refused to release this information.
Did Robert Berringer Kill Laci Peterson?
Cryptic evidence offers another possibility.
Who Was “I Killed Laci Peterson” ?
Someone using the handle “I Killed Laci Peterson” aka IKLP posted 544 cryptic messages on FratPack.com from March 2005 to August 2006. The Web site is gone, but the messages were saved.
Christopher Farmer cracked IKLP’s code and believes it was written by Laci Peterson’s murderer.
Unfortunately, Ed Edwards died in 2011.
Citizen Q also sent a box containing a report and photos to Judge Alfred Delucchi.
A rambling report by Citizen Q claims Robert “Rabbit” Barringer AKA Robert Berringer, killed Laci.
Robert “Rabbit” Barringer, resident meth addict lead me to the concealing tomb of Laci.
Later I found the location, and the enclosed blue tarp PLANTED upshore in rocks.Citizen Q
Finally, Citizen Q claims Robert Berringer is the Zodiac Killer.
Then, what is reasonable doubt? It is a term often used, probably pretty well understood, but not easily defined. It is not mere possible doubt; because everything relating to human affairs and depending on moral evidence is open to some possible or imaginary doubt.
It is that state of the case, which, after the entire comparison and consideration of all the evidence, leaves the minds of jurors in that condition that they cannot say they feel an abiding conviction, to a moral certainty, of the truth of the charge. The burden of proof is upon the prosecutor.Lemuel Shaw
Someone should reopen Laci Peterson’s murder investigation. Scott Peterson deserves a new trial.
Janey Peterson : Advocate, Sister-in-Law
Janey Peterson married Scott’s brother Joe. She is Scott’s greatest public supporter.
Ms. Peterson knows all the facts of this case.
Broeske and Musson Show Interview
On October 30, 2020, John Broeske and Christina Musson interviewed Janey Peterson on their KMJ Radio show.
There’s nothing about this case that makes sense.
During this interview, Janey Peterson explained that news outlets reported where Scott went fishing on Christmas Eve.
Therefore, the murderer knew where to dump Laci and her fetus.
Additionally, Ms. Peterson explained that nobody knows when Laci died. But Laci was alive on December 24, because witnesses saw her after Scott went fishing.
Janey Peterson also explained what it will take for her brother-in-law to get a new trial, and present new evidence of his innocence.
It is a long interview, but it explores many questions about this case.
We don’t have justice yet; we’re not there. We can’t be content thinking we know what happened to Laci and Conner; we don’t.
Life in San Quentin Prison
In 2020, Scott Peterson still lives on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison.
Scott Peterson is Not Collecting Unemployment in Prison
The Employment Development Department (EDD) manages unemployment claims in California.
However, the EDD is either corrupt or negligent. Because California prisoners filed 35,000 unemployment claims from March to August 2020.
Unemployment recipients are supposed to show proof that they are looking for a job. How did prisoners fool the system? Were corrupt EDD employees approving their claims?
In October 2020, the EDD closed 350,000 unemployment claims to fight fraud. Sadly, many legitimate cases were also closed.
Investigators discovered the prison fraud, by listening to inmates discuss their unemployment payments during recorded prison conversations. Yes — EDD mailed thousands of unemployment checks to prisoners, because California prisons and unemployment do not share information.
We Need a Task Force!
On November 24, 2020 California Governor Newsom finally announced an investigation of unemployment fraud by the Office of Emergency Services.
One of the goals of this “task force” is to finally share inmate data with the EDD, so prisoners cannot receive unemployment benefits.
What Does EDD Fraud Have To Do With Scott Peterson?
The Los Angeles Times claims the EDD sent unemployment benefits to Scott Peterson.
But the same article describes the unemployment fraud as “the most significant fraud on taxpayer funds in California history.”
Additionally, California district attorneys are “uncertain if the high-profile claimants were victims of a scam or participants.”
So, someone in California filed an unemployment claim for Scott Peterson. Someone else negligently approved this claim.
Another misleading article by FOX News and The Associated Press repeats this claim, using the LA Times as a source.
This investigation, when it’s completed, will show that he had not a thing to do with any kind of scheme to get fraudulent benefits.
Reporter David Goldstein from CBS Los Angeles solved this mystery.
A criminal applied for unemployment with Scott Peterson’s expired driver’s license — from 2004.
Applicant claimed to earn $20,000 last year as a salesperson.
Applicant also claimed to live with convicted murder Cary Styner in Rodeo, California.
How can a claim like that go through?
I think you should ask EDD.
It’s almost like you flew a plane over the city, and just dropped a bunch of money.
How does something like this get by EDD?
That’s the big question.
In other words, people processed an application with a known Death Row inmate. Apparently, checked on the driver’s license, and approved it, and sent the money.
How in the world does that take place?
Will Scott Peterson Leave Death Row?
The California Supreme Court overturned Scott Peterson’s death penalty on August 24, 2020.
But he still lives on Death Row.
On November 9, 2020 Judge Anne-Christine Massullo suggested moving Mr. Peterson to the San Mateo County Jail. However, this has nothing to do with the death penalty. Judge Massullo thinks Scott will have more access to his attorneys, outside of San Quentin.
Attorney Cliff Gardner will consider this, and respond to the judge by November 16, 2020.
On November 13, 2020 defense attorney Pat Harris told Judge Massullo that Scott should stay in San Quentin, instead of moving to the San Mateo County jail.
I’m able to talk with Mr. Peterson there. He has a typewriter, he is able to write letters there. It is, I think, a better situation than what would occur in San Mateo.
A jury sentenced Peterson to death by lethal injection. All California prisoners with death sentences live on one of three death rows in the San Quentin State Prison.
However, execution chambers were dismantled in 2019, after Governor Newsom granted reprieves to death row inmates. Governor Newsom started a moratorium on the death penalty in California.
Peterson reportedly lives in a area with well-behaved prisoners. These prisoners are allowed to spend five hours a day outside their cell.
Reporter Nancy Mullane accidentally filmed Peterson on death row, while she was interviewing prisoners for a book.
When I saw Scott, he was playing basketball. He didn’t look depressed.
However, “someone you’d see on the street playing basketball,” is free. Scott Peterson is locked in a cell for 19 hours a day. Additionally, Death Row inmates are handcuffed and escorted by one or two corrections officers, when they leave their cell.
Send Mail to Scott Peterson
Scott Lee Peterson V72100
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974
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