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Topic : 03/08 The Scott Peterson Jurors

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Created on : Friday, March 02, 2007, 12:03:32 pm
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The 2002 Christmas Eve disappearance of Laci Peterson and her unborn son, Conner, caught the attention of the nation and started a massive search for the beautiful pregnant wife. But as the case unfolded, the obsession with this story turned into outrage. Ultimately, 12 jurors not only found Scott Peterson guilty of killing his wife and his unborn child, they unanimously voted that he be put to death by lethal injection. For nearly six months the jurors submersed themselves in a case of cold-blooded murder; and now, in a daytime exclusive, they join Dr. Phil to tell their incredible story. The graphic photos shown in court of what was left of Laci and her unborn child, Conner, are so haunting that they have been forever sealed -- never to be shown to the public. Could what the jurors saw have been traumatic enough to scar them forever? Then, one of these jurors did the unimaginable. After sentencing Scott Peterson to death, she became his pen pal. Find out what his letters revealed to her.  Next, after taking six months away from their lives for the trial, some of the jurors emerged only to face death threats. One received a menacing letter which he never opened. Will he break the seal for Dr. Phil? Join the discussion!

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March 8, 2007, 12:41 pm CST

Jury Duty

Quote From: flthomcat

I have ALWAYS wanted to be on a jury. The ONLY two times I was called I was 8 months pregnant and having to use the bathroom every 20 minutes! It broke my heart not to be able to serve. Now I doubt I'll ever make it onto a jury because I am a former parole officer and my husband is now a federal officer.

 

God bless all those who fulfill their DUTY TO SERVE. With all the rights we have in this country, serving should be a PRIVILEDGE. Without jurors, our entire criminal justice system would break down.

 

Yes, if the trial is especially dreadful (photos of dead children, etc), counseling should be offered and paid for by the local, state or federal jurisdiction.

You are very correct when you remark about the importance of the jury system.  I did serve on a jury and I found the experience very enlightening.  It is very hard to set your own personal feelings aside while looking solely at the merits of the case.  It was fortunate for me that the case did not entail the type of photos you mention.  In addition, I do think its a shame if you or your husband would be disqualified based on you occupations.  When courts do that, they are assuming the person doesn't have the ability to separate the case at hand from their own occupation.  I can see it only in situations in which the conflict is blatant (a police officer on a jury at the trial of an accused cop killer for example.)
 
March 8, 2007, 12:43 pm CST

I have

Quote From: flthomcat

I have ALWAYS wanted to be on a jury. The ONLY two times I was called I was 8 months pregnant and having to use the bathroom every 20 minutes! It broke my heart not to be able to serve. Now I doubt I'll ever make it onto a jury because I am a former parole officer and my husband is now a federal officer.

 

God bless all those who fulfill their DUTY TO SERVE. With all the rights we have in this country, serving should be a PRIVILEDGE. Without jurors, our entire criminal justice system would break down.

 

Yes, if the trial is especially dreadful (photos of dead children, etc), counseling should be offered and paid for by the local, state or federal jurisdiction.

served on more than one jury. In fact I have jury duty again on the 19th of this month.  For the most part trials are not too sensational. They tend to be boring. Or at least mine were. The judge told us in the last one that trials are not like they appear on TV.  Believe me he was right.  Right now we are expecting the death penalty trials of a woman and her supposed lover for the murder of her husband. I just hope that is one I don't get called for. This is a fairly small town and this particular case has been going on for almost three years.
 
March 8, 2007, 12:50 pm CST

??

Quote From: sshawnbl007

I'm glad Scott is going to be put to death. Lacy and conner will be able to rest in peace. 

after Scott is put to death.  I think afterScott is put to death Lacy's family will be able to go on.

Exactly how will this make Lacy and Conner able to rest in peace?  Why are you glad he is being executed?  I'm not trying to be sarcastic, I just don't follow the logic.  I suspect that (regardless of your religious beliefs) the deceased are no longer in a position of caring about these things.  I agree that the family will be better off once this chapter is over.  I have no idea how this is good for you unless you are either a relative or just blood thirsty.  I honestly don't understand why you're so passionate about this one particular case.
 
March 8, 2007, 1:00 pm CST

Death Threat Letters

Dr Phil should never have opened this letter with out protection. Does he not remember letter bombs or letters take contain lethal poisons. Plus he may contaminate the letter with his finger prints. This letter contains evidence such as DNA, and should be treated by an expert. This should have been handled by a trained police specialist, in a controlled and safe enviroment.
 
March 8, 2007, 1:02 pm CST

A Bit Pompous

Quote From: ciao911

I'm happy Dr.Phil is doing this,  I don't think it's air time for that Monster S.Peterson.

We know what he is, But I do think it will bring to ppl's attention to  the hurt and pain the 12 jurors had to go through.  We may think its as easy as 123, but sitting there  in the same   room and hearing what he did to that beautiful woman and her unborn child, It's not about Scott its about remembering Laci and Connor,  we cared for Laci and connor from the 1st timewe heard it on the news she was missing, we prayed and lite candles  for them. There gone but not forgotten. I wonder how the 12 ppl sleep at night? and if there lives changed forever. I think it did.  I have a brother who is a policeman and sometimes tells us stories and do u know what, some of them hurt me so bad,  I can't imagine sitting 6 months and hearing  this trial and not being a changed person.

Good for you Dr.Phil, I will be the 13 Juror and will watch for sure.

My thoughts and prays are still with the family of Laci and Connor.

Let's be realistic for a moment.  Other than the immediate family, no one really cares about this case beyond the thrill it gives us to see and talk about dead or dying people.  Did you know Laci Peterson?  I doubt that.  Yet you speak as if she were your twin sister.  People LOVED the story with all its gory detail.  Then they feel uncomfortable because they know that isn't right so they claim this "bond" with the victims.  I never saw a shot from space of all the burning candles throughout the country.  Sure, it's a nice thing to think, but it never happened and it won't.  Why?  Because as a whole, we don't really care.  We just enjoy the sensationalizing of a persons death.  We bask in it and feel gloriously righteous when we sermonize about it, but as to the actual persons who were lost, they are interchangeable to us.  
 
March 8, 2007, 1:21 pm CST

God Bless those Jurors

This trial should never have gotten such media attention. This happens over and over each and every day. The lesson for all of us is to question. Unfortunately we must be more on the defense and follow our gut feelings about people and what they tell us about them.

The jusrors should have gotten counseling after this trial.

And I resent the tax payers having to pay for Scott Peterson's daily sustainence. He deserves to be dead so that he can finally feel the heat.

 

 
March 8, 2007, 1:21 pm CST

03/08 The Scott Peterson Jurors

Quote From: flrat69

Let's be realistic for a moment.  Other than the immediate family, no one really cares about this case beyond the thrill it gives us to see and talk about dead or dying people.  Did you know Laci Peterson?  I doubt that.  Yet you speak as if she were your twin sister.  People LOVED the story with all its gory detail.  Then they feel uncomfortable because they know that isn't right so they claim this "bond" with the victims.  I never saw a shot from space of all the burning candles throughout the country.  Sure, it's a nice thing to think, but it never happened and it won't.  Why?  Because as a whole, we don't really care.  We just enjoy the sensationalizing of a persons death.  We bask in it and feel gloriously righteous when we sermonize about it, but as to the actual persons who were lost, they are interchangeable to us.  
Well to be fair some people, like myself, are fascinated by true crime. Plus..as a women who had a baby near the time of this story it was very easy to empathize...and wonder and put myself in that situation.

But other than that I agree....most of it is the sick thrill of murder and horror...
 
March 8, 2007, 1:36 pm CST

Peterson jurors

When people are selected to be juror (especially a murder trial) they know going in that some of the information they are going to hear or see will not be the most pleasant. I think that the State or county where the trial takes place should make sure there is a trained professional there to help them deal with the feelings/emotions they are feeling after the trial is over. In the Peterson case they saw a young beautiful woman and her unborn child in awful graphic photos. I am glad those photos will be sealed forever, no one else needs to see them. Those jurors are among the selected people who had to see those pictures. I think it is unbelievable that the jurors were doing their part for this case and no one is saying we need to make sure that they are okay after doing their service. I also think that the jurors need to listen to Dr. Phil and go to the Police with the death threats so they can get this sick person off the street and keep their families safe. We need to remember we are not the jurors and we were not there. We heard from the media what was happening. I think this person needs to be able to say I disagree with what was said or happened, but not send threats to a person and their family. I hope these people will be able to this tragedy behind them and move on. If anyone can help these people it is Dr. Phil
 
March 8, 2007, 1:59 pm CST

Could Dr. Phil help?

I'm in complete agreement with the other poster who said that they would like to see Scott's mother on the Dr. Phil show.  I too would like to see that, however I don't that would ever happen because it seems to me that Jackie Peterson is in such incredible denial about even the possibility of her precious "golden boy" doing something like what he has been convicted of.  In fact, I blame her for the reason that Scott turned out the way he did - selfish, arrogant, and promiscuous (remember that she had three out-of-wedlock children, thankfully she put them up for adoption).  It would be a great show if Jackie Peterson showed up and Dr. Phil was able to talk some sense into her but I doubt the day would ever come.  While I understand unconditional love (I'm a mother myself), there comes a time when you have to face reality, which Jackie Peterson refuses to do.
 
March 8, 2007, 2:38 pm CST

Go easy on Scott's Mom.

Quote From: amsberry

I'm in complete agreement with the other poster who said that they would like to see Scott's mother on the Dr. Phil show.  I too would like to see that, however I don't that would ever happen because it seems to me that Jackie Peterson is in such incredible denial about even the possibility of her precious "golden boy" doing something like what he has been convicted of.  In fact, I blame her for the reason that Scott turned out the way he did - selfish, arrogant, and promiscuous (remember that she had three out-of-wedlock children, thankfully she put them up for adoption).  It would be a great show if Jackie Peterson showed up and Dr. Phil was able to talk some sense into her but I doubt the day would ever come.  While I understand unconditional love (I'm a mother myself), there comes a time when you have to face reality, which Jackie Peterson refuses to do.

If all mothers had to pay for the sins of their ADULT children, we ALL would be in trouble.

 

Most mothers with adult children who had NO criminal record would ALSO NOT BELIEVE their children were guilty. Scott's mother is no different than many other mothers, so don't crucify her.

 

Remember, there was no witness and no weapon found. All the evidence was circumstancial. HOPEFULLY you can understand why she's either not able or not willing to see her son as the monster he is!

 
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