How's this for a name you haven't heard in awhile and probably never wanted to again? Scott Peterson is appealing the death sentence he received in 2005 after being convicted of murdering wife Laci Peterson. According to his blog (yes, a man on death row has a blog -- ain't America grand?), this is a "big part" of trying to get Peterson's conviction overturned.
Wow, Scott Peterson claims he's innocent and he doesn't want to die. He sounds ... just like every other person sitting on death row in America! Think he'll find much more sympathy over his plight now than he did during his 2004 trial?
It would probably be a lot easier to feel for Peterson and his fear of eventually being put to death if a jury of his peers hadn't convicted him of murdering his own pregnant wife in cold blood. Laci Peterson didn't get a second chance, and the blog post announcing the appeal says nothing about her ... justice for her, the "real" killer, nada. Not to mention claiming you're innocent is so common on death row that the Supreme Court had to actually issue a decision in 1993 that simple claims aren't enough to justify a federal constitutional review!
Now his whole appeal sounds as much like a plea for attention as it does to actually get out of jail and off the hook for his wife's murder.
Consider this: in the brief filed with the California Supreme Court, Peterson's lawyers are claiming the fertilizer salesman didn't get a fair trial. One of their big complaints centers around the fact that the trial didn't get moved out of San Mateo County despite the news frenzy that they allege biased the jurors.
News flash: it was a NATIONAL media frenzy ... wherever you moved it, people heard the name Scott Peterson. And Scott Peterson has never done much to make himself look good -- in the media, in the courts, by maintaining a blog from prison (to be fair, his family runs it -- he has to type any of his posts on a typewriter and send them out to be posted) ...
I'm going to lay it on the line: Scott Peterson skeeved me out in 2004 with his mistresses and his claims that it was total coincidence that he was fishing in the same place where his dead wife's body was found. And he skeeves me out now. This appeal is coming off as typical self-serving Scott Peterson. It feels like he just wants out, to heck with the fact that his wife is dead.
What do you think of Scott Peterson: guilty, innocent, who cares? Think he'll get off death row?
Image via San Quentin State Prison