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    Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    http://www.cnn.com/2005/LAW/03/16/pe...ase/index.html

    REDWOOD CITY, California (CNN) -- A California judge Wednesday sentenced Scott Peterson to die by lethal injection for killing his pregnant wife and her fetus, calling the deaths "cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous."

    San Mateo Superior Court Judge Alfred Delucchi noted that Peterson's unborn child never had a chance to draw a breath.

    Delucchi made the remarks as he denied an automatic motion to mitigate Peterson's sentence. The judge also denied a motion filed by defense attorney Mark Geragos seeking a new trial for Peterson.

    Wednesday's sentencing included dramatic moments from the slain woman's family, who vented their anger at Scott Peterson and his family.

    "You're evil and still have the readiness to commit evil," Laci's brother, Brent Rocha, told Scott Peterson. "How does it feel to be a baby killer?"

    Rocha said that every time he came to court, "I think that my sister's head is probably rolling around in the bottom of the bay."

    He told Peterson he had bought a gun, but said he was glad he had not killed the defendant, saying now Peterson would have to wait for death. He called Peterson "arrogant" and said it was time for him to face reality for his actions.

    Other family members, such as Laci's father and stepfather, used profanity in addressing Peterson, resulting in an admonishment from Delucchi.

    After Peterson's father, Lee, jumped up and began yelling at Brent Rocha, calling him a liar, Delucchi threatened to have Lee Peterson removed from the courtroom. Lee Peterson walked out, followed shortly thereafter by Peterson's mother, Jackie.

    "I never liked you," Dennis Rocha, Laci's father, told Peterson. "You're going to burn in hell."

    Laci's mother, Sharon Rocha, told Peterson he was "stupid, stupid to think you could get away with murder," and told him he had "no love, no feelings, no heart, no soul."

    "You're selfish, heartless and self-centered," she said. "You're a coward and an evil murderer. ... We had to bury her without arms to hold Conner and (without) a head to look at him."

    Wearing a suit, but handcuffed, with a sheriff's deputy hovering over him, Peterson shook his head during Brent Rocha's remarks, but stared straight ahead as other family members spoke. He did not speak on his own behalf before being sentenced.

    'Justice has been done'
    After Wednesday's sentencing, jurors in Peterson's trial expressed satisfaction with the judge's decision and called for closure.

    "We were in there for seven months," said juror Richelle Nice. "We wanted to see it through to the end." Jury foreman Steve Cardosi said he had little to say.

    "The judge went with our recommendation," added jury foreman Steve Cardosi, "so justice has been done."

    Members of Laci's family, Modesto police and prosecutors have scheduled a news conference Thursday on the case, saying they decided to do so after being deluged with requests for interviews.

    In remarks after the sentencing, Ron Grantski, Laci's stepfather, thanked the people of Redwood City for their support, recalling when a boat parked on defense attorney Geragos' property was turned into a shrine for Laci last year. He also thanked the sheriff's department and bailiffs, saying, "I'm sure we've been a pain."

    "Our family is going to make it," Grantski said. "We're stronger because of this, and Scott got what he deserved. We're fortunate that we have this law that we have (allowing Peterson to be eligible for the death penalty). It's a double murder. He killed our grandson and our daughter. Every state should have it."

    Asked about his comments in the courtroom, Grantski said, "I would like to have said more. I think he got my message."

    Asked about the Petersons, he said, "I can't speak for the Petersons. Who can?"

    Legal steps remain

    Ron Grantski: "Our family is going to make it."
    Peterson, 32, was convicted November 12 of killing his wife, Laci, who was eight months pregnant at the time, and dumping her body in San Francisco Bay. (Peterson found guilty)

    The same jury that convicted him recommended a month later that he receive the death penalty. (Jury recommendation)

    Laci Peterson was reported missing from the couple's Modesto home on Christmas Eve 2002. Her torso and the fetus washed up on shore in April 2003.

    Officials said Peterson would be transferred within 48 hours from the San Mateo County Jail in Redwood City to California's San Quentin State Prison, where he will become the 641st person on the state's death row.

    But his execution is a number of legal steps -- and more than likely a number of years -- away, and he is actually more likely to die of natural causes than be executed.

    His death sentence carries a mandatory appeal, and his attorneys may file additional appeals, meaning the case could drag on for years.

    In addition, despite the large number of inmates on death row, California has executed only 12 people since its death penalty was reinstated in 1978. The most recent execution in California, that of Donald Beardslee, was carried out in January after the inmate spent more than 20 years in prison.

    For security reasons, Peterson will receive a special escort to San Quentin, officials said.

    Delucchi also ordered Peterson to pay $10,000 in restitution for Laci's funeral expenses.
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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    I think the guy is guilty but if circumstantial evidence is all that they have, then I am uncomfortable with the death penalty in those cases.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dennis Rocha
    "I never liked you," Dennis Rocha, Laci's father, told Peterson. "You're going to burn in hell."
    He does realize that Peterson's father didn't kill his daughter, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan
    I think guy is guilty but if circumstantial evidence is all that they have, then I am uncomfortable with the death penalty in those cases.
    Me too. Which is why it has me wondering how Blake got off. They had plenty of circumstantial evidence. But then, I didn't follow this case that closely either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GAC
    Me too. Which is why it has me wondering how Blake got off. They had plenty of circumstantial evidence. But then, I didn't follow this case that closely either.
    That case is odd too, here they report the following:

    No eyewitnesses, blood or DNA evidence linked Blake to the crime. The murder weapon, found in a trash bin, could not be traced to Blake, and witnesses said the minuscule amounts of gunshot residue found on Blake’s hands could have come from a different gun he said he carried for protection.
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7211376/?GT1=6305

    Looks like he was innocent to me Spanky! er um GAC

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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by GAC
    Me too. Which is why it has me wondering how Blake got off. They had plenty of circumstantial evidence. But then, I didn't follow this case that closely either.
    They didn't have much circumstantial evidence against Blake at all. The murder weapon did not have Blake’s prints on it; it was covered in some sort of oil foreign to the dumpster the gun was found in. No traces of the said oil were found on Blake's clothes, on his hands, in or on his vehicle, and no source for the oil could be located in his home. They could not link the weapon to Blake in any fashion. He had no gun shot residue on his hands, or clothing. No blood or blood spatter on his clothing or person. 6 fingerprints were found on the passenger side door of the vehicle, the side which his wife was killed, and those prints didn't belong to Blake and to date remain unidentified. The 2 witnesses on the solicitation of murder charge had zero creditability, one was a pathological lair and the other is an admitted junkie with a meth lab in his basement.

    Nobody in the legal community is surprised by the verdict.
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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    I think Robert Blake and O.J. Simpson should team up and have a new reality TV show. If people are willing to watch Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie, then I'd assume the public would watch anything.

    I am not sure what the theme should be or what the show should be called (the ideas are popping in my head left and right though). The theme song could be a hit by the rock band Papa Roach.... a song called "Getting Away With Murder".

    Perhaps they could drive around and look for less-than-perfect married woman that deserve final justice. Their high-priced lawyers could drive behind them in a mini-van, so they can be there at a whim's notice. They could share some secrets... like fingerprint removal 101, DNA confusion 101, how to make the victim look like a person who got what they deserved, etc.

    The show name could be soemthing like "Former American Idol Gone Bad" or "Survivor: Of 1st Degree Murder Charges". I think it could work.
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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by savafan
    Delucchi also ordered Peterson to pay $10,000 in restitution for Laci's funeral expenses.
    So what are they going to do with him if he stiffs them on this, execute him?
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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by SpringfieldFan
    I think the guy is guilty but if circumstantial evidence is all that they have, then I am uncomfortable with the death penalty in those cases.
    Same here. It makes me very uncomfortable. I suspect many innocent people have been executed in the past. One such event is one too many.

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    Re: Scott Peterson receives death penalty

    Quote Originally Posted by Reds4Life
    They didn't have much circumstantial evidence against Blake at all. The murder weapon did not have Blake’s prints on it; it was covered in some sort of oil foreign to the dumpster the gun was found in. No traces of the said oil were found on Blake's clothes, on his hands, in or on his vehicle, and no source for the oil could be located in his home. They could not link the weapon to Blake in any fashion. He had no gun shot residue on his hands, or clothing. No blood or blood spatter on his clothing or person. 6 fingerprints were found on the passenger side door of the vehicle, the side which his wife was killed, and those prints didn't belong to Blake and to date remain unidentified. The 2 witnesses on the solicitation of murder charge had zero creditability, one was a pathological lair and the other is an admitted junkie with a meth lab in his basement.

    Nobody in the legal community is surprised by the verdict.
    Thanks for the info. I still figure that if he didn't do it, then he had someone do it for him. I guess this woman, though she certainly did not deserve to be murdered, also had a pretty defarious past.


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