The murder conviction for Scott Peterson, sentenced in 2004 for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci, and her unborn son will be reviewed due to alleged juror misconduct, the California Supreme Court ruled. The California Supreme Court sent the case back to the San Mateo County Superior Court to determine whether Peterson will face a retrial on the charges.
The California Supreme Court ordered the state to show "why the relief prayed for should not be granted on the ground that Juror No. 7 committed prejudicial misconduct by not disclosing her prior involvement with other legal proceedings".
Nice had been "in fear for her unborn child", according to the application for the order obtained by The Modesto Bee.
That juror, Richelle Nice, did not disclose that she had filed a lawsuit in 2000 to obtain a restraining order after her boyfriend's ex-girlfriend harassed her while she was pregnant.
The case garnered widespread national attention at the time.
Peterson was finally arrested after Amber Frey, a therapeutic massage therapist dwelling in Fresno, advised police that that they had begun relationship a month earlier than his spouse's loss of life, however that he had advised her she was useless.
Prosecutors contended that Peterson dumped their bodies from his fishing boat into San Francisco Bay, where their bodies washed ashore almost four months later.
Newsom was said to be a longtime opposition of the death penalty. "We identified some that unfortunately got through". Now we're going to have a hearing and see if that impacted the conviction, which I'm sure it did.
Dean Johnson, a legal analyst who has followed the case closely, believes there will be a new trial. They were found a few miles from where Peterson had said he was fishing.
Birgit Fladager, the current district attorney for Stanislaus County, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
John Goold, a spokesman for prosecutors handling the motion, cautioned that the order does not automatically lead to a new trial, but requires the lower court to consider a single issue raised by Peterson's defense team in challenging the conviction.