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AmericanSaint

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#1 14 years ago

I just found this article on CNN.com:

CNNREDWOOD CITY, California (AP) -- The judge in the Scott Peterson murder trial denied defense motions Monday for a new jury and a new venue for the penalty phase of the case, and rescheduled the process to begin November 30.

The penalty phase had been set to begin Monday, 10 days after Peterson was found guilty of first-degree murder for killing Laci Peterson and second-degree murder for killing her fetus. Jurors must choose between a life sentence or execution.

"We're going to have to go with this jury," Judge Alfred A. Delucci said in rejecting the defense arguments.

Defense lawyer Mark Geragos argued that a new jury was needed because the outcome would be tainted by the ousting of two jurors during deliberations and the outpouring of community support for the guilty verdict.

Geragos said one of the ousted jurors, the panel's foreman, told the judge there had been threats to his safety and talk in the jury room of the "popular verdict, the expected verdict."

Details of the juror's dismissal have been sealed by the judge.

Geragos also noted that more than 1,000 people cheered outside the courthouse when the verdict was read November 12.

The judge said moving the case elsewhere would be impossible. "Where could I send this case in the state of California that hasn't been inundated with the media coverage?" Delucci asked.

Prosecutor Dave Harris argued that there was "absolutely no showing" that this jury had been prejudiced.

The jurors are expected to hear testimony much more laden with emotion than they did during the five-month guilt phase of the trial.

The penalty phase is like a miniature trial, but absent most of the typical rules of evidence. It allows jurors to hear pleas for leniency and heartfelt recollections of the victim.

It will begin with opening statements from both sides, followed by testimony from friends and family members and closing arguments, before the jurors are once again sequestered for deliberations.

"Witnesses are pretty much allowed to say whatever they want," said Robert Talbot, a University of San Francisco School of Law professor who has observed the trial. "Laci's family will be talking about the impact on their lives without Laci there and not having a grandchild. The Petersons are going to attempt to show there is something of value in him that shouldn't be destroyed by the death penalty."

Talbot said defense lawyers also are allowed to "argue lingering doubt," playing to jurors who may still be somewhat uncertain about the prosecution's case.

Now why is it that when a woman is killed-along with her unborn baby-then the death is murder, but when a woman has an abortion it is written off as her right to choose. Just something to think about. *AmericanSaint




Mihail VIP Member

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#2 14 years ago

Because it's the mothers right to choose, not someone elses.




m0nkay

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#3 14 years ago

How is it the mother's right to choose? It's not her life.




D.Sporky!

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#4 14 years ago
MihailBecause it's the mothers right to choose, not someone elses.

In both cases it's just a clump of cells right?




TheMirage

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#5 14 years ago
Because it's the mothers right to choose, not someone elses.

to kill her baby. I don't think so buddy...

Clump of cells? Yeah, and so are you by the way. :uhoh: (Don't worry spork, I'm not talking to you)




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#6 14 years ago

yeah, tell me that after your girlfriend, wife, sister, mother, grandmother gets raped.




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#7 14 years ago
clump of cells

Aren't we all?




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#8 14 years ago
Mihailyeah, tell me that after your girlfriend, wife, sister, mother, grandmother gets raped.

That's the only case in which I wouldn't try and prevent an abortion. Other than that it's murder, period.




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#9 14 years ago

why the phuck do you think people want it then? because they wish it to become americas new form of birth control? I think not.




Μαjïç MushrøøM

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#10 14 years ago
CNNsecond-degree murder for killing her fetus.

That fetus is still an undeveloped human inside of her, so she has the right to decide whether it lives or not. Therefore, it being killed by her death, which was in turn allegedly caused by her husband, should not be blamed on him.