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Tuesday, December 3. 2013
We are deeply saddened that our beloved Jacqueline Peterson has passed away. She died peacefully at home on October 3, 2013. Jackie lived her entire life with chronic lung issues and that is ultimately what took her life. The daily routine to maintain her health was not an easy one and yet you would never hear her complain. She was thoughtful, cheerful and compassionate. She showed us all how to forgive and be thankful. We miss her terribly, but we are comforted knowing that she is at perfect peace.
The Peterson Family
Thursday, July 5. 2012
Scott's Opening Brief has been filed... Posted by Peterson Family in General at 14:18
The day has finally come. Our family is thankful that Scott's Opening Brief on appeal has been filed with the Supreme Court. This document addresses the legal errors that occurred during the court proceedings against Scott. It is a big part of getting Scott's conviction overturned. And while this document only addresses legal error, our family is confident that its content not only confirms that Scott is wrongfully convicted, but it supports his factual innocence.
The next step in the appeal process is for the State Attorney General's office to respond in writing to the brief. Eventually, oral arguments will be heard before the Supreme Court of California. The Court will then rule on the claims made in the opening brief.
Most of the brief is very easy to read. Please feel free to read all or parts of the brief by clicking on the link below.
The Peterson Family
Wednesday, June 27. 2012
Call us biased but we are right... Posted by Peterson Family in General at 08:19
We know as Scott’s family that we will never be perceived as an unbiased source. Given that, we’ve always tried to be factual and provide sources for what we post on our web-site. As we find ourselves trying to prove Scott is innocent, we feel this newest article may contain one of our strongest arguments yet. We’ve stated before how truthful Scott was about the circumstances and activities surrounding the day Laci went missing; but we are now addressing when he wasn’t truthful. Once we started looking at Scott’s lies, it was shocking to see the pattern. We hope that you too are compelled by what you read, because it’s true. Not just because we are his family and want it to be true…
The Peterson Family
Click the link to read our latest article: Featured Fact: Scott's Lies
Sunday, November 20. 2011
Our parents have been married 40 years today. We gathered together to honor them and of all the photos we looked through today, we thought we’d share this one. It was taken at their 25th anniversary party in 1996. Looking back at that time, none of us would have ever imagined what our family would face. Their marriage has truly withstood a testing of their vows; for better for worse, for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health. We are very blessed to have such a loving and caring example of marriage!
The Peterson Kids
Saturday, November 12. 2011
It’s been over nine months since our last update, and while we had hoped Scott’s appeal would have been filed at this point, that is not the case. The over 30,000 page trial record is still being completed by superior court clerks; every pre-trial hearing through Scott’s sentencing has to be reviewed and all exhibits accounted for. Once finished, the Stanislaus County Superior Court will send the trial record to the Supreme Court of California as fully certified. At that point, the Supreme Court will review the record and if no changes are necessary, the court will file the record. Once the record is filed, our attorneys can file Scott’s brief. The brief will then be public record and we’ll be able to share it with you.
After Scott’s appellate brief is filed, the State Attorney General’s office will file a response brief. Then Scott’s attorneys will respond to the response brief. Scott’s appeal will then wait to be scheduled for oral arguments. While it’s difficult to exact a timeline, it will most likely be a few more years before the Supreme Court of California (pictured) hears oral arguments on Scott’s appeal.
We sometimes get overwhelmed with the length of the process, especially when every day of it for Scott is spent on death row. The sting of injustice is a heavy burden, so we are very thankful that you bear it with us!
The Peterson Family
"And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
Friday, January 28. 2011
With 2011 underway, we are eager for what this New Year brings. Scott's direct appeal is due to be filed by his attorneys with the State of California. There's a hearing at the end of February which will hopefully complete, settle and correct the trial record. This is the final step that must take place before the opening brief of Scott's appeal can be filed.
This opening brief will outline the reasons Scott's conviction should be overturned based on the legal errors that occurred during the trial. Once the opening brief is submitted, we then wait for the Office of the Attorney General to submit a responsive brief. It is a long slow process but we are encouraged that it will finally begin this year. When the opening brief is filed it will become a public document and we look very forward to sharing it with you.
We thank you again for your continued and unwavering support of Scott and our family. May you have a blessed year!
The Peterson Family
Saturday, October 2. 2010
While flying up to visit Scott... Posted by Janey Peterson in Wrongful Convictions at 02:47
While flying up to visit Scott this month, an article in the Southwest Airlines publication, Spirit Magazine caught my attention. Click the lick below to read the story of Patrick Waller, and how he was wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and sexual assault.
Also note the "Circle of Lifers" photo at the end of the article and how long those other men were wrongfully imprisoned! Many of these men must have been convicted before DNA testing was widely used to identify a perpetrator. After reading this article (and countless others) I don't understand how DNA testing can be denied to these inmates on appeal. If you have the DNA of the perpertrator why on earth wouldn't you want to double check that it matches the guy in prison?
Continually praying for justice,
Micah 6:8 "He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God"
Tuesday, May 11. 2010
Two new articles on our website! Posted by Peterson Family in General at 04:01
It's been awhile since we posted new content to the website, so be sure to check out the two new Featured Facts we just put up. One article outlines Scott's contact with Amber Frey and the other is a list of trial quotes. Thank you for taking the time to read what we have to say!
The Peterson Family
Friday, March 12. 2010
I was looking at some old family ... Posted by Lee Peterson in General at 06:16
I was looking at some old family photos the other night and it made me think back about how our beautiful family came together and the role Scott's birth played in it.
Jacqueline and I met in San Diego while pursuing college degrees. I fell in love with this lovely, lively, and sweet girl almost immediately, and it turned out she felt the same for me. We were married in November of 1971. I had three terrific children, Susan 11, Mark 9 and Joe 7 and Jacqueline brought her 4-year-old son John to the marriage. Scott was born in the fall of 1972 and was immediately a treasured and much loved member of our family of 7. Much love and cohesiveness developed within our blended family by watching this toddler with a constant smile and pleasant disposition.
Scott learned right from wrong from not only from his mom and me, but also from his siblings who had a measurable hand in his upbringing. They taught him how to share and love. They read to him regularly and Scott developed an early love of reading. He was self sufficient at an early age, content to play with what was at hand and was able to entertain himself much of the time.
Scott was a joy at all ages, always praised by his elementary and middle school teachers who were touched by his kindness to other children. In high school he excelled academically while being captain of the golf team for two years. He then went on to college at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he paid his tuition and supported himself by working as a waiter and other part time work. He graduated with a BS in Ag-business and almost immediately landed a job with a Spanish company, which wanted someone to introduce their agriculture products in the US.
Scott and Laci met while both attending Cal Poly and when Scott introduced us to Laci we knew immediately she was a special girl to him and we could see that they were a great couple together. They were married shortly after Laci graduated with her degree in horticulture. They were very happy from the onset and had a dream raising a family and one day owning a small winery or olive farm in the Central coast area. About 3 years after they were married, Scott and Laci decided to make the move from San Luis Obispo, CA to Laci’s hometown of Modesto, CA. They wanted to purchase their first home and to be near her brother with hopes of raising their children together. They were close to reaching that dream when Laci became pregnant with their son in May of 2002.
And as I reflect on our family and on Scott and Laci before that tragic day in December 2002, I want you all to know that my son is a good and caring man. He is incapable of harming anyone. He was universally liked and respected by his peers and business associates. During the FBI investigation the agents were not able to turn up one word which spoke ill of Scott. Not one person had ever seen Scott and Laci at odds or being other than loving and kind to one another.
It pains me that the world does not know this Scott, that they believe he’s capable of murder. I will tell you now, my son is no murderer. He is an innocent man who was devoured by the media and ultimately our legal system. Unfortunately, we’ve found that this story of heartache, tragedy, and injustice is not unique, but we hold on to the hope that this injustice will be made right.
Friday, December 4. 2009
Thanksgiving has always been... Posted by Susan Caudillo in General at 01:42
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