Scott Peterson, the California man who was sentenced to death for the murder of his wife Laci Peterson and their unborn child, filed an appeal this week.
In the 400+ page appeal filed to the state Supreme Court by his lawyer, Cliff Gardener, he argues that the publicity surrounding the trial did now allow for a fair trial and that the trial judge made several incorrect rulings.
Scott Peterson was found guilty in 2004 and was sentenced to death by lethal injection. He currently is an inmate at San Quentin prison.
The death penalty in California is one of the slowest moving in the country, only 13 inmates have been executed since 1976. The last execution in California was Clarence Ray Allen in 2006. There is currently a moratorium on the death penalty in California – on November 6, 2012, voters in the state will have the option to vote for the SAFE California Act (Savings, Accountability, and Full Enforcement for California Act), which will replace the death penalty with life in prison without the possibility of parole.