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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.

Will Scott Peterson Leave San Quentin?

Scott Peterson lives with other condemned inmates in San Quentin Prison. COVID-19 has spread through this prison.

Despite this decision, Scott Peterson remains on Death Row. Stanislaus County District Attorney Birgit Fladager has 150 days to ask the United States Supreme Court to review the decision.

But Scott Peterson might get better news soon.

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.

The California Supreme Court must respond in 90 days, by August 31, 2020.

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.

Scott Peterson deserves a new trial. I think he is innocent. Mitchell D. Miller

Scott and Laci Peterson. Source: Facebook
Scott and Laci Peterson. Source: Facebook

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 Scott Peterson murdered her.

Janet Ilse

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.

And he was really interested in finding someone who had intelligence, and didn’t I have any single friends, I could hook him up with…

Shawn Sibley

She introduced Peterson to her best friend, Amber Frey.

Scott met Amber Frey, an attractive 5'6" / 110 pound masseuse, when Laci Peterson was 7 months pregnant.

Who Was Amber Frey?

Scott Peterson and Amber Frey
Scott Peterson and 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.

Who I was 10 years ago and who I am today share one very important trait — my faith in G-d.

Scott Wanted Amber

Scott Peterson and Amber Frey. Source PWC Consulting. People's Exhibit 192.
Scott Peterson and Amber Frey. Source PWC Consulting. People’s Exhibit 192.

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.

The way he looked at me when he said that made me feel he might be wondering whether I was that person.

Amber Frey

On November 20, 2002, Shawn Sibley watched Frey’s daughter Ayiana, while Peterson and Frey slept together on their first date.

Mike Almasri

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.

I heard that you are married and, you know, what in the hell is up with this?

Shawn Sibley

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

Scott and Laci Peterson. Handout.
Scott and Laci Peterson. Handout.

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

No, absolutely not.

Scott Peterson
Scott Peterson on KOVR TV
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

Common Sense

Amber Frey 2019 Source: Facebook
Amber Frey 2019 Source: Facebook

Peterson’s conversations with Frey ultimately led to his conviction.

I want to tell you everything, but I can’t.

Laci Peterson Disappears

Laci Peterson waves goodbyeOn December 24, 2002, Scott Peterson 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

Laci Peterson Sightings Source: PWC Consulting
Laci Peterson Sightings in Modesto. Source: PWC Consulting

Lee Peterson 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

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.

Pedrioli notified Montebello police twice, but they never interviewed him.

Vivian Mitchell

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.

Attorney Mark Geragos did not use the Mitchells as witnesses for Peterson.

Tom Harshman

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 watched 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

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
Maldonado notified Modesto Police, but they never called him for an interview.

Mike Chiavetta

Laci Peterson and McKenzie 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

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.

Diane Campos recalled the incident, because two men complained to Laci about the dog barking.

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

At face value, it would have been. But after talking to her I didn’t feel that way.

Detective Philip Owen

Why Didn’t These Witnesses Testify?

Scott Peterson in court. Source: Facebook
Scott Peterson in court. Source: Facebook

Modesto police wanted to convict Scott Peterson.

Laci sightings were not a priority.

Blaming Mark Geragos

Mark Geragos Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson
Mark Geragos Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson

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.

Karen Servas Contradicts Other Witnesses

note from Karen Servas to Detective Buehler stating she found McKenzie at 10:18
I Found the Dog at 10:18 AM

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.

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.
Karen Servas

Ten Minute Crime?

Police found Laci wearing tan pants, but Scott said she wore black pants.

If Scott left his house at 10:08 and Laci was missing at 10:18, there was 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.

Ms. Servas’s time estimate is based on a store receipt.

Was the time on her receipt accurate?

Mark Geragos sent Carl Jensen to check the cash registers at Austin’s Christmas Store. Jensen and store owner William Austin rang up two receipts, ten minutes apart.

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

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 Peterson. Source: Bonnies Blog of Crime 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?

Police remove tarp with remains of Laci Peterson from bayNobody knows.

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.

Innocent Activities

Scott Peterson smiling in court 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.

Where’s Proof?

Scott and Laci Peterson in front of Lodge at Carmel. Source PWC Consulting. People's Exhibit 6. 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?

Courtroom sketch of Conner Peterson. Source: PWC Consulting
Conner Peterson (sketch). Source: PWC Consulting

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?

Flowers for Laci Peterson. Source: Laci’s head and limbs were missing.

Conner, the fetus, was missing his umbilical cord.

Scott Peterson was an inveterate 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.

Evelyn Rodriguez

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 didn’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?

Sharon Rocha and Laci Peterson at restaurant. Source PWC Consulting. People's Exhibit 305E.
Sharon Rocha and Laci Peterson at restaurant. Source PWC Consulting. People’s Exhibit 305E.

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 Peterson’s conviction, Modesto police learned that a recorded prison conversation discussed the Laci Peterson murder.

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.

Brown Van

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

Amber Frey and Gloria Allred
Amber Frey and Gloria Allred

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

Scott Peterson and Amber Frey

You don’t know what I’ve gone through and for you to have no compassion for me.

Amber Frey

Amber Frey might have believed Scott Peterson’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

cover of Witness by Amber Frey Finally, on December 29, 2000 Fresno police detective Richard Byrd, a friend of Frey’s, told her Scott was married and his wife was missing.

Police gave Amber Frey equipment to record telephone conversations with Peterson.

She eventually recorded 29 hours of her conversations with Scott Peterson.

But Scott never said he killed Laci.

Amber, it just hurts so bad for you to think that I could have something to do with this.

Scott Peterson

Amber Frey’s Tapes

Twelve hours of Frey’s recorded conversations with Peterson were played at his trial.

I thought the “worst” recorded conversation was Scott pretending to call Amber from Paris on New Year’s Eve, while he was attending a memorial service for Laci.

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

Frey wrote a book about Peterson. She got lots of publicity, because Hustler Magazine wanted to publish 27 nude photos of her.

Juries and Capital Punishment

Redwood City Daily News: Guilty headline.

It is better and more satisfactory to acquit a thousand guilty persons than to put a single innocent one to death.


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?

Justin Falconer

Justin Falconer. Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson
Justin Falconer. Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson

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

Judge Alfred Delucchi

…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.

Frances Gorman

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

Richelle Nice Oct 2, 2010 by Philip Thomas Miller 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.

Stealth Juror

Richelle Nice did not disclose a domestic violence incident and court case on her juror questionnaire.

Attorney Mark Geragos called her a stealth juror.

I did not lie to get on this trial to fry Scott.

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.

Richelle Nice should not have been a juror. Is that enough to get Scott Peterson a new trial?

Scott Peterson Needed an Honest Jury

Death Headlines by Cranky Crankerson 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

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

Scott Peterson. Stanislaus County jail. Handout. 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 defendant strangled or smothered Laci Peterson on the night of Dec. 23 or in the morning when she was getting dressed.

They sentenced Scott Peterson to death for murdering Laci and unborn Conner.

Scott Peterson’s Appeals

Scott Peterson 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 – or anything close.

Lawrence Gibbs

I think this appeal is excellent. Attorney Lawrence Gibbs made 19 claims to prove Peterson’s conviction is wrong.

For example, Laci Peterson was alive on December 24.

Margarita Nava cleaned the Peterson home. Nova 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.

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…

I wasn’t the last one to see Laci that day. There were so many witnesses who saw her walking in the neighborhood, after I left.

Scott 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.

Scott Bernstein

$500,000 reward for Laci Peterson. Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson
$500,000 reward for Laci Peterson. Source: The Murder of Laci Peterson

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.

However, Catherine Crier was reportedly given over 40,000 pages of documents from Peterson’s trial, that she used to write A Deadly Game.

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 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.

Farmer believes Robert Berringer, the informal leader of Albany Bulb, a homeless camp built on a landfill, killed Laci Peterson.

The Free Scott Peterson group on Facebook thinks the IKLP messages prove Laci was murdered by Edward Edwards. Edwards is a suspect in several murders.

Unfortunately, Ed Edwards died in 2011.

Citizen Q

Marlene Newell hosted a Web forum in 2004. A user named Citizen Q wrote over 400 cryptic posts about Laci Peterson’s murderer on her forum.

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.

Reasonable Doubt

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.

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.

San Quentin

Scott Peterson by San Quentin State Prison, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Scott Lee Peterson by San Quentin State Prison

Scott Peterson lives on Death Row in San Quentin State Prison.

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.

Prison Life

Scott Peterson. Source: Bonnies Blog of Crime 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.

He looked like someone you’d see on the street playing basketball.

Nancy Mullane

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.

Proposition 66 for Condemned Inmates

California citizens add or change laws with ballot propositions.

Proposition 66, “Death Penalty Reform and Savings Act of 2016,” wanted to get prisoners off Death Row. Prisoners could be executed or relocated, to reduce their housing costs.

A YES vote on this measure means: Court procedures for legal challenges to death sentences would be subject to various changes, such as time limits on those challenges and revised rules to increase the number of available attorneys for those challenges. Condemned inmates could be housed at any state prison.

Official Voter Information Guide

I quote Sacramento Bee often on this site. A SacBee editorial offered voters compelling reasons to reject Proposition 66.

However, voters approved these new laws. After a legal challenge, California Supreme Court also approved Proposition 66 in 2017.

Finally, on January 29, 2020, California started a two year pilot program to enact parts of this legislation. But it is not what you expect.

NEW Condemned Inmate Transfer Pilot Program

The Condemned Inmate Transfer Pilot Program (CITPP) offers male Death Row inmates a chance to be transferred to another prison, and live with the general population.

Mr. Peterson must apply for this program, and be accepted.

The Condemned Inmate Transfer Pilot Program might permit Scott Peterson to transfer to a new prison. Mr. Peterson might be able to live with the general population, and participate in their “rehabilitative programs.”

Scott Peterson Could Work Outside Prison!

CITPP includes “enhanced job placement opportunities.” Condemned prisoners pay 70% of their wages to victims as restitution.

Who Protects Witnesses?

Witness testimony put most inmates on Death Row.

Angelina Rodriguez plotted to murder a witness, from prison. This crime is fairly common.

Drew Peterson was sentenced to 38 years for allegedly plotting to murder the District Attorney from prison.

Scott Peterson can hope for a new trial. But other Death Row inmates have nothing to lose, if they murder a witness on their lunch hour.

How will California protect witnesses from vengeful condemned inmates out on a day pass?

Send Mail to Scott Peterson

Scott Lee Peterson V72100
San Quentin State Prison
San Quentin, CA 94974

Mail is inspected by prison staff, before delivery.

Read How to Contact an Inmate for additional information.

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6 thoughts on “Scott Peterson Did Not Murder Laci Peterson

  1. Nice article. Edwards is a bit more than a “suspect in several murders”. He was a serial killer convicted of five murders, and sentenced to death. He died before he could be executed.

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