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Court to reexamine Scott Peterson's murder convictions over juror's answers

October 16, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

The California Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reexamine the murder convictions of Scott Peterson, who was found guilty of killing his wife and unborn son 18 years ago, because a juror did not disclose involvement in other legal proceedings.

(CNN)The California Supreme Court has ordered a lower court to reexamine the murder convictions of Scott Peterson, who was found guilty of killing his wife and unborn son 18 years ago, because a juror did not disclose involvement in other legal proceedings.

The justices returned the case to the San Mateo County Superior Court, where Peterson was tried and convicted in 2004 in the killings of his wife, Laci, and their unborn son.

In August, the state's highest court reversed Peterson's death sentence and remanded the case to Stanislaus Superior Court to handle sentencing.

"We are certainly pleased that, as it did in reversing Scott's penalty on direct appeal, the Supreme Court recognized the importance of a fairly selected jury," said Cliff Gardner, Peterson's attorney, in a statement to CNN.

"In particular, we agree not only with the court's apparent concern about juror candor during the jury selection process, but with its recognition about how central the misconduct was to the ability of the jury to reach a fair decision in this case. "

Juror No. 7 in Peterson's murder trial, Richelle Nice, told CNN when reached by phone Thursday, "I'm not making any comments. "

Nice, while four and a half months pregnant, filed a lawsuit in November 2000 against a woman saying she was in fear "for her unborn child," according to Peterson's attorneys in their petition for a writ of habeas corpus.

"The state was charging Scott Peterson with killing Laci and his own unborn child.

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