The Scott Peterson Jurors: Juror Families

Beyond Civic Duty

"My girlfriend, Sharon, feels that I'm obsessed with the Peterson trial," says John. "It's caused a lot of friction."

"It seems like it's completely taken over your life," Sharon tells him.

 

"I guess only jurors who have gone through it can understand what I'm going through," he says. John has taken to coming home, closing his bedroom door and isolating himself.

"It definitely affected my relationship with my boyfriend during and after the trial," says Richelle. "I have anxiety issues. I don't like to leave my house."


And she isn't alone. Greg adds, "Within weeks of the trial ending, I realized that I was going through some emotional situations. I started having issues with my youngest son."

 

"This trial will never leave me," Richelle concludes.

Turning to Mike's wife, who sits attentively in the audience, Dr. Phil says, "Annette, how's Mike done with all of this?"

"Well, he's hanging in there," she responds. "He's got a lot of pressure still on him, I think, emotionally. He shares, but not enough, I feel."

"So he hasn't talked to you as much since the trial," Dr. Phil surmises. "It's changed who he is."

"Yeah. Oh, yeah," she says.

"Mike, do you agree with that?" asks Dr. Phil.

"She's my wife. I have to agree," he jokes. "Something I learned from watching your show."

 

"Good answer. Very good answer," says Dr. Phil.

Dr. Phil then calls upon another juror's wife, Deborah. "You feel like you and Greg are actually closer as a product of this. Tell me about that."



"Yes. Well, I think that we had our trials and tribulations, just in a normal marriage, and after Greg experienced this trial, I think we quote/unquote don't sweat the little stuff anymore." As she speaks, Greg wipes a tear from his eye.

Dr. Phil turns to Sharon, John's girlfriend, and asks how he is doing.

"John's doing OK now," she says. "For a while it was a complete obsession that he just couldn't stop thinking about ... And now I think he's relaxed a little bit and time has made it heal a little bit."

Dr. Phil asks for the reasons why the jurors decided to write a book.


"I think one was to clear up any misperceptions out there that we were rushed to judgment, we had preconceived verdicts going into jury duty, etc.," says John.

"Well, it's a very candid book," says Dr. Phil. "You're very candid about your own positions and in the things that you say about each other, so it's a very candid book. Mike, what was your driver?"

"My biggest drive was because everybody here is going to receive, or may receive at one time or another, a jury summons," he replies, "and they need to know what it is, if they get into something like a murder trial, that they can expect."

"Has the county or the state provided you any help or assistance for the trauma of this?" Dr. Phil asks. "Have they offered you any counsel? Have they done anything at all?"

Richelle asked a bailiff about counseling on the day Laci's mother gave her emotional testimony. She recalls saying, "'So, who provides counseling for us when this is done?' and [the bailiff] was crying, but she kind of laughed and said, 'We're all going to need it.' And I said, 'Yeah, but I'm serious.'"

Dr. Phil asks, "If they offered it, would you avail yourself of it?"

"I'm in counseling now," says Richelle.

Greg adds, "It would have been nice to have talked to somebody to bounce what I was feeling and see what I could do."

"Well, you certainly showed that the jury system in America works," says Dr. Phil, "and for that we are grateful."