Yesterday, we reported that the California Supreme Court has ordered that the conviction of Scott Peterson for the 2002 murders of his pregnant wife Laci and their unborn child Connor be reexamined, meaning it could possibly be overturned. Now, Peterson’s family has broken their silence to give their thoughts on this shocking development.
The court ruled on Wednesday that the San Mateo County Superior Court must reexamine Peterson’s conviction because they determined that a juror committed “prejudicial misconduct.” After this ruling, Janey Peterson, the convicted murderer’s sister-in-law, told Fox News that the family is “grateful for the court’s ruling.”
“As the court takes a closer look, we are confident they will find enough evidence to warrant a reversal of Scott’s conviction,” she said. “We look forward to Scott being granted a new trial in the coming months.”
This comes two months after the California Supreme Court overturned Peterson’s death sentence, citing “significant errors” in jury selection. The court concluded that Richelle Nice, who was Juror No. 7, had failed to notify the judge in the case that she had previously filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend harassed her during her pregnancy. Nice, who would go on to write a book about the case with some of the other jurors, has denied that she deceived the judge to get assigned to the high-profile case.
“Coming on the heels of the death penalty reversal … it’s apparent that not only was the jury selection standard wrong, but we’re now taking a second look at the fact that there should have been a better selection of what I’ve nicknamed, ‘self-jurors,’ namely jurors that were not forthright in order to get on the jury because they had an agenda,” said Peterson’s attorney, Mark Geragos.
Laci was eight months pregnant with her and Peterson’s unborn son Connor when she went missing on Christmas Eve in 2002. It took five months for her body to be found after police say that Peterson killed her and dumped her remains in the San Francisco Bay. He was sentenced to death in 2005 and had been on death row for fifteen years before his death penalty was overturned by the California Supreme Court over the summer.
Laci’s family has yet to comment on these new developments.