Why does sentencing for a guilty verdict take place in a separate proceeding?

When the jury found Scott Peterson guilty of murdering his pregnant wife and their unborn son, the media immediately speculated about his sentence. Why? Because, in criminal cases, the punishment is determined at a separate sentencing.

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by Leanne Phillips

Leanne Phillips is a writer living on California’s Central Coast. Her writing has appeared or is forthcomin...

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Updated on: February 22, 2023 · 2 min read


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