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May 16, 2003

How to get your client convicted 101

by Feòrag

California, United States: Lawyers acting for Scott Peterson, accused of the murder of his wife Laci Peterson, have come up with an unlikely defence: it wasn't their client, it was Satanists.

NBC News has learned that for almost a week Scott Peterson's defense team has been considering a gruesome possibility: that Laci Peterson was not just killed, but actually carved up, and the son with whom she was eight months pregnant was cut from her body, not separated after death, as prosecutors will likely argue.
In April part of Laci's body was recovered about a mile away from where her baby had been found the day before. One of the theories of the defense is a satanic ritual, possibly at the hands of one of the known Modesto cults.
The defense has said they have a credible suspect they are following. And, as they pore through the first half of the 30,000 documents amassed in this case so far, they are already preparing an attack on the police investigation, saying from day one the authorities only looked at Scott as a possible suspect and arguing some of the evidence may have been tainted.

Laci was a bit of a celebrity, and Pop Culture Junk Mail has been following the whole saga ragarding her disappearence and death. Scott Peterson's lawyers suggest Laci died in satanic ritual, not by husband's hand - WIS TV, 16th May 2003.

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1: Posted by: Janine | May 25, 2003 7:27 AM

Is there actually a Satanic Cult in Modesto? I don't think Scott Peterson had anything to do with Laci and her sons death.

2: Posted by: Feòrag | May 25, 2003 11:07 AM

I assume that even in the States, it's the job of the prosecution to prove the accused's guilt, and that the accused is presumed innocent until that happens. I think Scott Peterson should fire his lawyers - they've come up with all sorts of ridiculous excuses that just make it look as if their client is guilty and they're gasping for an alibi. While it might not make their client popular, at least the argument that he is not guilty because he was away shagging someone else, is something that, if true, does undermine any prosecution claims that he was at the scene of the crime at the time.

3: Posted by: A Voice of Sanity | September 2, 2008 3:25 AM

It now turns out that the police spent over 20,000 hours 'investigating' this case. They found two hairs and a cement spill - and nothing else ever (they didn't even find the bodies). The state admits they spent $11 million to get Scott Peterson. And still, to this day, there is no evidence against him -- all the evidence was in his favor. Some 'justice' system.

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has stated it about as plainly as possible: "People who are well represented at trial do not get the death penalty." The family apparently invested the money - they didn't get good representation. Perhaps, as the judge admitted, that was impossible.

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