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NavySEAL
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0 posted 01-21-2004 12:48 PM       View Profile for NavySEAL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NavySEAL


Just curious to see what everyone's thoughts are about this case?

The trial just recently got a change of venue. Do you think that will help Mark Geragos' client at all by giving Scott a more "fair" trial? Or do you think it is simply a stalling mechanism for the defense?

I think the change of venue is needed, but I am not sure how much it is going to help Mark Geragos' client considering all the information that has been released to the public as well as the fact that Scott Peterson seems to be, at this point, the only suspect in these murders.

I believe an hour and half away could be slightly helpful where the public may not have been so well informed about the facts that have been released...but either way, I think it's going to be hard to find a jury that, as a whole, has no knowledge of this case at all...

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1 posted 01-21-2004 01:39 PM       View Profile for Not A Poet   Email Not A Poet   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Not A Poet's Home Page   View IP for Not A Poet

If it is possible at all to find 12 people who have never heard of the case, they would probably be so generally uninformed that they would not make reasonable jurors anyway. It would seem unreasonable to trust any life to decisions made by such a jury.

Actually, what they can all hope for is to find a jury that has not already reached an opinion on the case or, in the very least, can set aside their predetermined opinions and reach unbiased conclusions based solely on the evidence presented. That should be a reasonable goal.

Pete

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2 posted 01-22-2004 11:15 AM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

It's sometimes a "fairly given fact" that smaller communities, as a whole, will view things a little differently than having a jury sit on a matter which is not really "in their own back yard".  It is the defense counsel's hope that another venue will provide a more "objective" look at the facts.

Modesto is still a "small community", if you ask the townfolk.  [I know this, I was a resident there for six years.]  

But I agree in that there is too much publicity for a truly "fair trial" to be had.  I would not want to sit on this jury, as I know I have already been given [as have most who read a paper or watch the news] to much information.  I would almos expect defense counsel to play up on that and muddy the waters even more.

In cases like this, oftentimes facts get strewn amid the conjecture.  The "trial" has, for the most part, been played out over the media.  If we were to hold a mock trial here, how would you vote, based on the information you have to date?  
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Excellent question, Sunshine. From what I know of the case, it appears that he probably commited the acts of murder, but I would have to analyze all of the facts to come to a final conclusion. So, as of now, I would abstain from rendering a verdict.
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4 posted 01-22-2004 12:58 PM       View Profile for NavySEAL   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for NavySEAL

In this case it seems that he is guilty until proven innocent, rather than innocent until proven guilty based solely on the evidence that I know. Also, there isn't another suspect in the case...so I'm going with guilty.

The fact that Lacy and her unborn child turned up in the marina where Scott said he was fishing that night she "disapeared" (note: he said he was fishing there well before they turned up, and I am assuming he never in his right mind thought the bodies would ever surface, to bad he didn't realize that bodies decompose in water, and tying a body to a cinder block with rope will not keep a body tied down forever).
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5 posted 01-22-2004 09:35 PM       View Profile for KristieSue   Email KristieSue   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit KristieSue's Home Page   View IP for KristieSue

ugh...I had quite a post...and it erased *sigh* will repost tomorrow.

nite all! LOL

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