Scott Peterson Appeals Death Sentence: Does He Deserve a Second Chance? (VIDEO)

scott petersonIt's been eight years since Scott Peterson was convicted of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci in cold blood and slammed with the death sentence. But now Peterson's baaaack and wants to get his conviction overturned. His lawyers have now filed an 480-page appeal alleging the philadering fertilizer salesman did not receive a fair trial. They claim "there were no eyewitnesses, no confessions, no admissions, and scant physical evidence connect[ing] him to the crime" -- and a "mob mentality" led to his murder conviction. Wah wah wah!

Yet just about anyone who paid attention to this trial back in 2004 came away with the feeling that Peterson is a megalomaniac sociopath who is very much guilty. So now do we actually have to worry that he has a real shot at a new trial?


Thankfully, experts are saying no. Former FBI profiler and ABC News analyst Brad Garrett said:

If you look at the case as a whole, I just don't see any glaring holes ... that are sufficient enough to cause a new trial.

ABC News' experts go on to say that any death row appeal is always a "huge uphill battle and in this case, there was a fair amount of evidence, and it would take a Herculean effort to win this one." It seems like there's a slim chance he could get a new trial, but the California Supreme Court is so backed up, who knows when that would be ...

And no matter what his lawyers are saying, jurors from the original trial contend that they did the right thing. One juror named Mike Belmessieri told the Modesto Bee:

We were right to put Scott where he is now. I've never felt any different about that, never. Here's the bottom line: He did it. God knows each one of us (jurors) has thought about it thousands of times since the trial. He did it, he's guilty, he's where he should be right now and he belongs in the death chamber. It's that simple.

That said, let's hope Peterson's appeal never gets off the ground. I would think there's never been a time when it was more pertinent to just let sleeping dogs (and oh what a dog Scott Peterson has always seemed to be!) lie.

Here's the ABC News video with more details on the appeal ...

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How do you feel about Scott Peterson's lawyers claiming the trial was unfair? Should he get a second chance?

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