by Steven Ertelt
August 1, 2005
San Quentin, CA (LifeNews.com) — Scott Peterson is speaking to the public for the first time since he was sentenced to die for the double murders of his wife, Laci Peterson, and their unborn child Conner. Peterson’s message thanking his supporters was posted on the Internet by a Canadian group that opposes the death penalty.
In his July 21 message, Scott thanks his supporters for the amount of support he has received, calling it "incredible."
"Those who have decided to reach out to our family have made such a difference," he writes. "The thoughtfulness and benevolence shown is a source of strength and spirit, an affirmation of considerate community."
"In every conversation among our family there is always the mention of your thoughts and letters," Peterson adds. "At mail call I am encouraged by, and enjoy hearing from people."
Peterson says he’s unable to respond personally to every letter he receives, but he says respondents have sold his notes to the media and he claims they have sometimes fabricated the content of his letters to supporters.
"It is an irritating, unfortunate situation," he said.
Peterson doesn’t have access to the Internet while he is serving time on death row at Quentin State Prison in California. However, the Canadian Coalition Against the Death Penalty maintains a web site on his behalf and posted the message.
Peterson was convicted November 12th of the two murders under a California law that allows criminals to be prosecuted for two crimes when they attack a pregnant women and kill or injure the unborn baby.
The Peterson case has prompted a number of states to enact unborn victims laws and President Bush signed into law a Congressional measure that protects mothers and unborn children on federal lands or those who are victims of federal crimes.
Abortion advocates oppose laws protecting pregnant women because they oppose making the unborn child a second victim in statute and claim that such laws will curtail legal abortion.
Judge Roger Beauchesne is expected to hold a hearing in September on a dispute over who should receive the proceeds from a life insurance policy — Scott or Laci’s family.
Scott’s attorneys have filed motions for a new trial saying he is innocent.