Judge to Reconsider Moving Peterson Trial
Prosecutors seeking the death penalty against Scott Peterson in the killings of his wife and unborn son are expected to ask a judge today to keep the murder trial in Stanislaus County.
Prosecutors say the judge unknowingly relied on fake data in a survey of potential jurors that was conducted by college students, Some of the students have since admitted they cheated and made up results.
Earlier this month, Judge Al Girolami cited the survey in his decision to move the case, ruling Peterson would have a difficult time getting a fair trial in his dead wife´s hometown. Today´s hearing was scheduled to select one of four counties to hold the trial. But prosecutors filed court papers late Friday asking the judge to reconsider any move.