Juror bias, Pretrial publicity, High-profile trials, Laci Peterson
Courts | Criminal Procedure | Evidence
Scott Peterson's jury convicted him and sentenced him to death. Whether he had a fair jury is a question that the appellate courts will confront as they review Peterson's appeal of his conviction and sentence. Would the jury have reached the same decisions if the case had not been so extensively covered in the media? Or was Scott Peterson condemned by media publicity? Whatever your verdict, the Peterson trial provides yet another example of the hurdles to fair trials in high-profile cases.
Hans, Valerie P., "Juror Bias is a Special Problem in High-Profile Trials" (2005). Cornell Law Faculty Publications. Paper 306.
Published in: Insights on Law & Society, vol. 5, no. 2 (Winter 2005).