California court ordered to reconsider Scott Peterson murder conviction

Cheryl Sanders
October 18, 2020

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered a reexamination of Scott Peterson's 2004 conviction in the murder of his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn son. You remember all of this right?

But Peterson's appellate team says Nice lied on a juror questionnaire, omitting that she previously filed for a restraining order against her then-boyfriend's ex-girlfriend for alleged harassment.

The state's highest court on Wednesday ordered a lower court to review the case, citing "prejudicial misconduct" by a juror who failed to disclose a lawsuit filed in 2000 to secure a restraining order against a boyfriend's ex-girlfriend. His trial attorney Mark Geragos maintains his former client's innocence, and argued the state couldn't win a retrial if one happened.


Laci Peterson disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002. Her husband, who was living in Modesto, told police that he had left that morning to go fishing in Berkeley.

In August, the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson's death sentence, which he had been given after being convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son. When Peterson returned home that night, he said he called his mother-in-law to ask if Laci was there before subsequently reporting her missing.

Prosecutors argued that Peterson dumped their our bodies from his boat into San Francisco Bay, the place their our bodies washed ashore almost 4 months later. The court said Peterson contents his trial was flawed for many reasons, starting with the amount of pretrial publicity. "An autopsy of how Laci's body revealed there has been a" substantial cut" made into the fetus' body.


Both bodies were too decomposed to determine cause of death. News, Peterson's lawyer stated, "We are certainly pleased that, as it did in reversing Scott's penalty on direct appeal, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of a fairly selected jury".

Investigators chased almost 10,000 tips and considered parolees and convicted sex offenders as possible suspects.

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.


Peterson was finally arrested after Amber Frey, a therapeutic massage therapist dwelling in Fresno, advised police that that they had begun relationship a month earlier than his spouse's loss of life, however that he had advised her she was useless.

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