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A Look Back at the Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

Read more at: https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/scott-peterson-murder-trial-15-years-later/

Scott Peterson Murder Trial: 15 Years Later – Us Weekly

Nearly 15 years after the disappearance of Laci Peterson in Modesto, California, it’s a case that continues to baffle a nation.

It was Christmas Eve 2002 when the 27-year-old mom-to-be, more than eight months into her pregnancy, vanished from her seemingly perfect life while walking the family dog. Initially, her husband, Scott Peterson, reported her as a missing person, and their families never suspected he had committed the crime.

So it came as a shock to many when Scott was charged in the disappearance – and ultimately the murder – of his wife. Police became suspicious of the fertilizer salesman due to inconsistencies in his stories, and his calm demeanor throughout the investigation.

Scott Peterson mugshot
Scott Peterson’s mugshot taken on March 17, 2005 in San Quentin, California. California Department of

Read more at: https://www.usmagazine.com/celebrity-news/news/scott-peterson-murder-trial-15-years-later/

Judge in Menendez Trial Sends Jurors Home to ‘Clear Their Heads’

The New Jersey judge in Sen. Bob Menendez’s federal corruption trial sent the jury home to “clear their heads” Monday after jurors informed him they were deadlocked on a verdict.

The move was Judge William Walls’s latest attempt to restore order to a high-profile trial that has grown chaotic since a now-excused juror told reporters last Thursday that she thought prosecutors were “railroading” Menendez.

Menendez faces 12 corruption charges over accusations that he sold political access to Florida ophthalmologist Salomon Melgen in exchange for nearly $1 million in trips and personal gifts. Menendez has pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Evelyn Arroyo-Maultsby, formerly Juror No. 8, was excused from the jury on Thursday to take a previously planned vacation in the Bahamas. On her way out, however, she claimed she had been prevented from communicating with the judge and that other jurors had wanted to “wait her out” before issuing a

Read more at: http://www.weeklystandard.com/judge-in-menendez-trial-sends-jurors-home-to-clear-their-heads/article/2010459

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 5: Let the Trial Begin

Leslie is outraged. And rightly so. Her early attempts to seal the identities in the case were thwarted; her attempts to keep out Dr. Oziel’s testimony and recordings, because of doctor-patient confidentiality, were thwarted in part, too; and now the public, which has already tried and convicted the Menendez boys, will see the whole spectacle on TV, ruining what she hopes will be the free and unencumbered future lives of her clients. When she gets them off. If she gets them off.

That’s a big if. As Leslie notes, Weisberg seems to have it out for her, just as the former district attorney did. The reason probably isn’t a mystery. Leslie is a smart, tenacious woman, which threatens a lot of men. And Weisberg exhibits many of the signs, blocking Leslie every chance he gets and belittling her in wholly inappropriate ways. During jury selection, after

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-recap-season-1-episode-5.html

‘Law & Order True Crime’ Season 1, Episode 5: Let the Trial Begin …

Leslie is outraged. And rightly so. Her early attempts to seal the identities in the case were thwarted; her attempts to keep out Dr. Oziel’s testimony and recordings, because of doctor-patient confidentiality, were thwarted in part, too; and now the public, which has already tried and convicted the Menendez boys, will see the whole spectacle on TV, ruining what she hopes will be the free and unencumbered future lives of her clients. When she gets them off. If she gets them off.

That’s a big if. As Leslie notes, Weisberg seems to have it out for her, just as the former district attorney did. The reason probably isn’t a mystery. Leslie is a smart, tenacious woman, which threatens a lot of men. And Weisberg exhibits many of the signs, blocking Leslie every chance he gets and belittling her in wholly inappropriate ways. During jury selection, after

Read more at: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/arts/television/law-order-true-crime-menendez-murders-recap-season-1-episode-5.html

‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’ Case Was Originally Tagged Trial of the Century

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by Tania G.   Aug 25, 2017 16:09 PM EDT





Before the trial of O.J. Simpson was dubbed as the trial of the century, it was the Menendez brothers murder case that first made the headlines worldwide. Now, Dick Wolf’s new anthology series titled “Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” will dramatize the case. It will be an eight-part series and will be the first installment of the latest “Law Order” franchise from Wolf and director Lesli Linka Glatter.

“Law Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders” will focus on the case of Lyle and Erik Menendez, who were convicted of murdering their parents, Jose and Kitty, at their Beverly Hills home in 1989. There was one trial

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Investigation Discovery to Encore HATE IN AMERICA: THE KLAN ON TRIAL, Today


Investigation Discovery to Encore HATE IN AMERICA: THE KLAN ON TRIAL, Today

In light of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) will encore an episode of its series HATE IN AMERICA about white supremacy. The episode “The Klan on Trial” will air this Thursday, August 17 at 8/7c. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris, HATE IN AMERICA showcases the heroic work of premier civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its legendary founder, Morris Dees. The SPLC is currently tracking more than 900 active hate groups across the country, including the KKK and neo-Nazis, that target entire classes of people for their race, religion, sexual orientation, or other immutable characteristics. In addition, ID and the SPLC are partnering to develop an all-new special examining the recent surge in white supremacist activity.

“While this occasion

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Investigation Discovery to Encore HATE IN AMERICA: THE KLAN ON TRIAL, 8/17


Investigation Discovery to Encore HATE IN AMERICA: THE KLAN ON TRIAL, 8/17

In light of the tragic events in Charlottesville, Va., true-crime network Investigation Discovery (ID) will encore an episode of its series HATE IN AMERICA about white supremacy. The episode “The Klan on Trial” will air this Thursday, August 17 at 8/7c. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning journalist Tony Harris, HATE IN AMERICA showcases the heroic work of premier civil rights advocacy organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and its legendary founder, Morris Dees. The SPLC is currently tracking more than 900 active hate groups across the country, including the KKK and neo-Nazis, that target entire classes of people for their race, religion, sexual orientation, or other immutable characteristics. In addition, ID and the SPLC are partnering to develop an all-new special examining the recent surge in white supremacist activity.

“While this occasion

Read more at: https://www.broadwayworld.com/bwwtv/article/Investigation-Discovery-to-Encore-HATE-IN-AMERICA-THE-KLAN-ON-TRIAL-817-20170815

Robert Durst jurors look back on bizarre murder trial in The Jury Speaks

To anyone who’s seen HBO’s true-crime docu-series The Jinx or followed the ongoing legal troubles of Robert Durst in the news, it might have seemed as though the story of the idiosyncratic real estate heir couldn’t get any more bizarre — yet somehow it does in the fourth installment of Oxygen’s The Jury Speaks.

Durst, the 74-year-old scion of a New York dynasty worth $4.4 billion, has long been suspected of foul play in the disappearance of his first wife, Kathleen McCormack, in New York in 1982; the murder of his longtime friend Susan Berman in Los Angeles in 2000; and the fatal shooting of his neighbor Morris Black in Texas in 2001. Over the years Durst has both retreated from the public eye — jumping bail, donning outlandish disguises — and actively sought the spotlight, as when he participated in The Jinx and was famously caught on a

Read more at: http://ew.com/tv/2017/07/25/robert-durst-jury-speaks/

Would the Michael Jackson trial jurors convict him if they revoted today?

Michael Jackson’s infamous mugshot — and the media frenzy surrounding his 2005 child molestation trial — will forever be burned into the collective pop culture consciousness, but the events of the media circus that accompanied the high-profile court case have lingered in the minds of the 12 jurors who ultimately decided the fate of an icon as the world watched in awe (and, for some, in anger).

Some 12 years after Jackson was found not guilty of all charges brought against him after the family of teen Gavin Arvizo claimed the pop legend had sexual contact with the boy when he was 13-years-old, Oxygen has dedicated the second of its four-part true crime series The Jury Speaks to piecing together new testimonials from the group. Four jurors (Paulina Coccoz, Ray Haltman, Tammy Bolton, Melissa Herard) and one alternate (Joseph Gastelo) gathered to film the docuseries’ second installment, which aired Sunday night and

Read more at: http://www.bostonherald.com/news/national/2017/07/would_the_michael_jackson_trial_jurors_convict_him_if_they_revoted_today