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Attorneys for Scott Peterson have produced an army of character witnesses in an effort to spare Peterson's life. But will it be enough to keep him off death row? more...

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Why did Scott Peterson get the death penalty while Robert Blake got to go home? Some commentators have suggested that as both cases were based on circumstantial evidence the results should have been the same. Read more for Robert Shapiro's analysis. more...

- Murder

Whatever 32-year-old Jennifer Wilbanks of Duluth, Georgia, might have dreamed, surely it didn't involve a bright afghan draped over her head as she returned from a cross-country disappearing act on the morning of what was supposed to be her wedding day. But all's well that ends well, right? Not exactly. more...

- Debate & Controversy

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. more...

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The jury is still out in the Scott Peterson trial. But, like many high-profile cases, the Peterson case has been a regular feature in the media, dominating headlines and fueling constant speculation among devoted trial watchers. A few zealous spectators have even posted websites where visitors can place wagers on the trial's outcome. If you're among the few who haven't spent a year glued to the television, the following offers you an opportunity to weigh in at the water cooler when the jury finally delivers its verdict. more...

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When Cochran passed away this past Spring, he left a legacy of groundbreaking work that actually set him apart from the pack long before O.J. had even taken the football field. Read on to find out more about his legacy. more...

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How is it possible that Jackson walked away from all counts? The prosecution, led by Thomas Sneddon, made a crucial mistake. They took the focus off the central molestation charge by indicting Jackson on the additional crimes of conspiracy and kidnapping. more...

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WhenCollege Professor Thomas Murray was tried for the 2003 murder of his ex-wife, many pieces of evidence were brought into play. Among them were his blood found at the crime scene and the video of his ten-hour interrogation by police. But, surprisingly, neither of these counted as the most novel and compelling piece of evidence. That was found somewhere else: Murray's own computer. more...

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A South Carolina jury has rejected the so-called Zoloft defense of a teenage boy accused of murdering his grandparents. His defense team argued that the drug altered Christopher's concept of right and wrong and that he was acting out during a manic episode when he shot his guardians. Read more to find out if it worked. more...

- Murder

Suicide by police is an alarming new trend that has police departments across the country worried, and for good reason. It seems to be occurring with more frequency—three examples discussed here happened within the last several months. more...

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