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Becca Allen 2-3-10 English Prd. 1 McQuaid Research a Trial Paper Scott Peterson was accused of murdering his pregnant wife, Laci Peterson, along with the murder of their unborn child in the Scott Peterson Case. At first, the police did not view him as the primary suspect because of his wife’s family’s faith in Peterson. However, as the police found out more and more about Peterson, the jury eventually found him guilty and he was sentenced to death. He is currently waiting in death row in California. The reason why it is so controversial is that that while all the evidence seems to point at Peterson, there is no direct evidence. Peterson also still has not confessed, so he might not be guilty. I do not know what to think of the verdict. There is no direct evidence of Peterson killing his wife or unborn child, but there is plenty of evidence that he was cheating on her. The indirect evidence might be entirely coincidental and Peterson might not be guilty. For example, it was revealed that right after Peterson reported his wife missing, he sold her car, changed his appearance to avoid the press, and bought another car under his mother’s name. He was interested in selling the house and his wife shared, and there are also many more little clues, but there is no definite evidence. The bodies of the wife and baby were washed up on shore, but the autopsy could not say what was the cause of death due to decomposition. I believe the jury came to the correct verdict. Even if Scott Peterson didn’t murder his wife, he cheated on her, even when they were expecting a child. He other affairs with women, and a key witness against Peterson was Amber Frey, whom he had an affair with. She let the police tape their phone calls, which proved to be useful, when she started suspecting that Scott was a married man. Unfortunately, there was no recorded material of Scott admitting the murder of his wife and unborn baby. He even changed his appearance and sold his wife’s car. That is enough to convince me. I believe the right to a trial by jury is an important right. I disagree with the opinions of the critics of this system. A single person who holds all the power can become corrupted. However, when there are twelve innocent citizens without power deciding who is or is not guilty, the verdict is a lot more accurate. A trial by jury is more democratic than a trial by one person. We might not always make the right decisions about who is or is not guilty, but it a closer and more accurate system than being judged by one person.
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