Lawyers on both sides of the Laci Peterson murder trial say they want a September preliminary hearing to be closed to news cameras. Stanislaus County District Attorney James Brazelton has filed papers with the court, saying “a criminal trial is not something which this court should allow to be used for ratings.”
Scott Peterson is charged with the murders of his wife Laci Peterson and the couple´s unborn child. He has pleaded innocent. A preliminary hearing is set for September 9th.
Peterson´s lawyer Mark Geragos hasn´t filed a request to close the hearing to cameras and reporters. But he said in court Thursday that he may do so. Laci Peterson´s family is also asking the judge to ban cameras from the courtroom.
Laci Peterson was eight months pregnant when she was reported missing on Christmas Eve. In April, her body and that of her unborn son were found on the shores of San Francisco Bay, near where Scott Peterson claimed to have gone fishing on the day his wife vanished. A court hearing on possible media restrictions is set for August. Several news organizations have asked to be able to make their case for television coverage