Thursday, June 5, 2008

Rocha v. Peterson, civil wrongful death suit

A hearing tomorrow (June 6) will decide the scope of this civil trial:

The court has set aside more than a month for the trial – which is scheduled to begin on July 8. But one of the family's attorneys told the Modesto Bee that he believed it would not take that long if Beachesne rules that Peterson's conviction and death sentence are allowed in as fact in the case. [KTVU]

We all know from previous cases (O.J. Simpson, Robert Blake) that an acquittal is not allowed in as fact in a civil wrongful conviction suit. So, why should a conviction be allowed in as fact?

9 comments:

m winick, missouri said...

As has been the rule in this case all along, The rules and laws that apply to everyone else, do NOT apply to Scott Peterson. While I have seen no evidence proveing his innocence , I do not belive he should be on death row. The state did not prove within the boundaries of the law, his guilt.It leaves one to ask the question, had not the media been involved to the degree it was, would the outcome have been the same? The trial was used as for rateings, I would bet the civil action will have the same results. To be fair, oj even wrote a book telling how he did his crime. There was substantial evidence proveing his guilt, But the peterson case??? where's scots bloody glove?

ja said...

I agree with M Winick's comment. Scott Peterson could not overcome the media driven conclusions and sensationalism the public became hooked on. What a joke to think that judges are above this. If the civil case is sensationalized, of course, anything's possible. He probably did do it, but for him to be on death row with the case they had against him is a sad testiment to this country's vengeful, bloodthirsty human nature.

annie_lol33 said...

Bravo!!! Well said. I have not seen anything to prove Scott guilty, however, I have seen alot to show that evidence has been tied to him. They fit the crime to fit the individual. Yes, he cheated and thats not good, but he was also caught at that, Do the good citizens that convicted him actually think Scott is smart enough to commit the perfect crime. No DNA from ANYTHING in the evidence file is linked to Scott.
Becareful to everyone, its terrible to think that anyone in todays society can be tied to a crime through circumstantial evidence.

Anonymous said...

The judge ruling in Scott's favor is wonderful news!! It's about time something turned around in this case. Now we can only pray that some sort of justice will finally prevail at the conclusion of this civil trial!

A Voice of Sanity said...

Now that Scott has his own blog (really) you may wish to read his comment on the 'evidence' so often paraded out by the unthinking.

See Journey to Justice where he posts from "People vs McCall (10 Cal. App. 2d, December 1935) p 507".

Anonymous said...

thank god!!!!! they have no dna evidence to link scott to the murder.. wouldnt it be terrible to have a innocent young man rot in out system because other people couldnt do there job right or were just to lazy to be bothered. there are many innocent people in jail i dont think he did it and i pray to god hes set free!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

He will be set free I know it.

Anonymous said...

If this is held in Modesto,there will be no true justice for Scott.The justice system in this town is indeed,Blind!

Anonymous said...

I KNOW that Scott Peterson is 100% innocent. And I, too, have been praying that he will be set free and exonerated. If anyone really studied Marlene's investigation, they would be stupid to think that he actually did it. He was FRAMED!
I hope our country gets back to the Presumption of Innocence. It's like one blogger said, it seems like they are a bunch of blood-thirsty people. Very dangerous for us all!