Scott Peterson's Murder Convictions of Laci & Son to Be Re-Examined

Court orders re-examination of Scott Peterson’s murder convictions

Mark Geragos, Peterson's defense attorney, told National Public Radio he was concerned the juror came into the murder case with an agenda. Judge Marie Sovey Silveira denied the petition.

Prosecutors contended that Peterson dumped their bodies from his fishing boat into San Francisco Bay, where their bodies washed ashore almost four months later.

Scott Peterson has won a round in his ongoing appeals.

The Supreme Court said the lower court should consider whether a juror had committed "prejudicial misconduct" by failing to disclose that she had been involved in prior legal proceedings.

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. When asked about it Nice told CNN, "I'm not making any comments". A passerby walking a dog found them a few miles from where Scott Peterson said he had gone fishing.

This comes after the state's highest court already overturned Peterson's death sentence less than two months ago in August. The court said Peterson contents his trial was flawed for many reasons, starting with the amount of pretrial publicity.


The court agreed that one matter warranted attention: a juror who failed to disclose that she had once feared for her unborn child when being harassed by the ex-girlfriend of her boyfriend.

Later, Nice, along with several other jurors, published a book about their experience during Peterson's trial. Nice was initially an alternate juror in Peterson's trial, but she replaced a discharged juror during deliberations.

His attorneys have previously claimed Nice deceived the judge to get on the jury for the high profile case. Even though her employer would not pay her for the duration of the months-long trial, she said she was willing to serve.

Within the case that made headlines across the globe, Peterson was convicted in 2004 of first-degree homicide of his 27-year-old spouse, who was eight months pregnant when she disappeared on Christmas Eve 2002. The justices cited "significant errors" in jury selection. Based on Nice's charges, the attacker was tried, convicted and sentenced to a week in jail, according to Peterson's legal team.

"We reject Peterson's claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder", the court statement said in a USA Today report.

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