Scott Peterson lawyer can’t shake juror testimony over trial

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Legal professionals making an attempt to overturn Scott Peterson’s conviction within the sordid slaying of his pregnant spouse 20 years in the past accomplished their questioning Monday with out shaking a former juror from her essential testimony that she acted correctly earlier than and through his 2004 trial.

They need to first show to California Superior Court docket Choose Anne-Christine Massullo that juror Richelle Good lied on her pre-trial jury questionnaire to get on the panel that convicted Peterson of murdering Laci Peterson, 27, and the unborn son they had been going to call Conner. The choose then must discover that Good was biased in opposition to Peterson from the beginning, tainting his jury and denying him a good trial.

However Good swore in testimony Friday and once more Monday that, whereas she could have answered juror questions improperly, she did so in truth.

Peterson’s attorneys plan to spend the following two days of the weeklong listening to placing on witnesses they are saying will contradict Good’s solutions.

“After I stuffed out that questionnaire, actually and really, nothing of this ever crossed my thoughts, ever,” Good mentioned Monday of her failure to reveal that she had sought a restraining order in 2000 in opposition to her then boyfriend’s former girlfriend, saying then that she feared for her personal unborn little one.

That, Peterson’s attorneys say, coloured her view of their consumer, accused of killing his spouse when she was eight months pregnant and dumping her physique into San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002.

“I didn’t write it on the questionnaire as a result of it by no means crossed my thoughts, ever. It wasn’t completed deliberately — it didn’t cross my thoughts,” Good swore.

She additionally disputed any monetary motive within the case.

Jurors by no means mentioned collectively writing a e-book till after the trial and verdict — “Completely not,” she swore.

One other juror loaned her $1,000 solely after the trial ended — “Approach after the trial, perhaps even a 12 months.”

She denied promoting a collection of post-trial letters between herself and Peterson to Folks Journal.

Good mentioned she doesn’t recall a fellow juror’s account that when she joined the jury in deliberations she declared that “We must always get Scott for what he did to Laci and ‘little man.’ ”

“It doesn’t sound like one thing I might say, however I don’t know,” she mentioned. “I don’t bear in mind this.”

She mentioned to her recollection, the primary time she used “little man” to discuss with Conner was in her first tv interview after the trial.

Peterson’s attorneys argue that she lobbied to get on the jury.

However prosecutors on Monday referred to as that into query with a transcript of the jury choice course of displaying that the trial choose had dismissed Good from the jury pool due to monetary hardship and she or he was able to stroll out the door with out criticism — till Peterson’s movie star lawyer, Mark Geragos, referred to as her again.

It was solely then that she mentioned she might afford to serve throughout what was anticipated to be a five-month trial regardless of being paid by her employer for simply two weeks.

Good mentioned she might afford to go with out pay as a result of she was residing together with her mom and boyfriend, who might assist financially.

However Peterson lawyer Pat Harris mentioned Friday that they’ll’t discover Good’s then-boyfriend, who he mentioned informed a protection investigator that he was involved on the time concerning the monetary toll and Good’s must take care of a sick little one. Massullo is weighing whether or not to permit the investigator to testify as an alternative.

Protection attorneys plan to name Geragos to the stand, contending now that his permitting Good to serve amounted to ineffective help of counsel.

Geragos has mentioned in court docket papers that had he recognized of Good’s private historical past he would have instantly bounced her from the jury.

Peterson’s attorneys plan to name to the witness stand three former fellow jurors; a co-author of “We the Jury,” the e-book written by Good and 6 different jurors; and filmmakers who say Good had on her wall {a photograph} of a younger little one in pajamas with printing on the pajamas that mentioned “Little-man.”

Additionally they plan to query a Folks journal reporter who wrote a narrative primarily based on the 17 letters Good wrote to Peterson after his conviction and the eight letters Peterson wrote to Good.

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