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The People v. Scott Peterson
by Timothy Rollins, The
22 April 2003
This selfish thug thought
nothing of taking this innocent woman's life, not to mention that of a totally
helpless child who was denied a chance to begin his life - a complete innocent
in all of this. For this, Scott Peterson should be made to pay with his own in a manner befitting his crime.
With positive identification made on the headless torso of Laci Peterson
and the body of her baby Connor that washed up on San Francisco Bay last
week, along with the arrest of her adulterous husband Scott, the sad chapter
of Laci's disappearance has come to a tragic end.
The case began when Peterson reported Laci 'missing' after returning from
fishing Christmas Eve by Berkeley Marina. Modesto Police believe he took
her with him -- not to fish, but to dump her in the bay with concrete blocks,
hooks and weights in an effort to keep her from surfacing.
Kudos go out to both Modesto Police as well as Stanislaus County District
Attorney Jim Brazelton, who learned from the mistakes of ex-Los Angeles District
Attorney Gil Garcetti, who pooched the O.J. Simpson case from the get-go,
and Judge Lance Ito, who turned that trial into a circus.
By not naming Peterson a suspect yet not ruling him out, that kept the press
off Peterson's back and allowed him to reenter his daily routine. These actions
permitted the police to assemble a pattern of conduct on Peterson's part
that allowed them to link him to the murder of his family.
Wiretaps on both his home and cell phones as well as vehicle sensors provided
police the additional evidence they needed to add to what they started accumulating
the day Laci disappeared. Connecting the dots was more than enough to get
the arrest warrant San Diego Sheriff's Deputies executed when they pulled
him over Friday once he made their surveillance unit - especially given fears
that he would flee to Mexico. The fact that he bleached his hair, had grown
a goatee, and had $10,000 in cash and fake identification only reaffirmed
suspicions that he was about to flee.
The basis on which the arrest was made also included these factors, among
others: after Laci disappeared, Peterson traded in her Land Rover for a pickup
truck. He was also considering selling the family home. In other words, he
KNEW she wasn't coming back. Shortly before Laci disappeared, he told her
he was having an affair with Amber Frey, a Fresno massage therapist who said
she became Peterson's girlfriend when he told her he 'wasn't married.' Clearly,
we see Peterson lied to both his wife and to this woman.
In addition, Laci's family pleaded with Peterson to work with Modesto Police,
who described him as 'uncooperative.' This turned out to be more than a modest
Peterson is now in the maximum security wing of the Stanislaus County Jail,
where he'll be held until his arraignment next week on two counts of Murder
1. Brazelton has indicated there will be a 'Special Circumstances'
rider attached that will allow for the death penalty to be sought. However,
there is a wrinkle in this case and a BIG wrinkle at that.
Given the overwhelming publicity in this case, the chances of seating an
impartial jury anywhere in California is almost zero. In addition, California
law states that only a jury can impose a sentence of death in cases of Special
Circumstances. This power rests solely with the jury - as it should, - and
that's where Peterson can very easily weasel his way out of the death chamber
at San Quentin.
In requesting a judge-alone trial - which is as much his right as a trial
by a jury of his peers, he effectively shuts down the possibility of being
executed for his crimes, which, if guilty, should be the only option in this
case. And rather than lethal injection, a Saudi executioner should be brought
in for the job where Peterson should be beheaded for his atrocity against
his wife and son.
One can only imagine the torment and pleading Laci did for herself and her
unborn son in the final moments of her life while at the hands of her self-centered
and brutal husband. More than likely Laci was going to divorce him for the
adultery, and Peterson knew that he couldn't afford the embarrassment, let
alone the loss of his home and the attending child support and alimony, etc.
This selfish thug thought nothing of taking this innocent woman's life, not
to mention that of a totally helpless child who was denied a chance to begin
his life - a complete innocent in all of this.
For this, Scott Peterson should be made to pay with his own in a manner befitting his crime.
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