by Steven Ertelt
April 4, 2006
Modesto, CA (LifeNews.com) — Scott Peterson sits on death row after having been convicted of the double murder of his pregnant wife Laci Peterson and her unborn son Conner. His legal team is working on appeal of the conviction and sentence, but Scott’s family is hoping to up the ante to free him.
Should anyone have information that would provide him a get out of jail free card, the Peterson family is willing to pony up $250,000.
According to a Court TV report, the family is offering the money for "specific information" leading to his exoneration.
The family has put together a web site, www.scottpetersonappeal.org, which claims Scott is innocent of Laci’s Christmas Eve disappearance and the deaths of her and her baby.
The Peterson family, the web site says, will pay the money to anyone who produces "specific information leading to an arrest and conviction for the abduction and murder of Laci and Conner Peterson, or for specific information leading to the exoneration and release of Scott Peterson."
The web site is also offering a second reward to anyone who finds the Croton watch Laci was alleged to be wearing at the time she disappeared. The watch was never found and Peterson’s defense team indicated a watch sold at a local pawn shop the week after Laci Peterson was reported missing may have been sold by the true culprit.
Birgit Fladager, one of three prosecutors who tried the case, told Court TV she clicked through the web site and found it to be "a rather desperate attempt to gain attention."
"It’s an extraordinary amount of money that they know they’ll never be called upon to pay," the chief deputy district attorney in Stanislaus County said.
She told Court TV that investigators still receive tips about the Laci Peterson murder case but that most of them are from people who don’t really have any connection to it.
"There hasn’t been anything substantive since Amber Frey’s call," Fladager said of the contact Peterson’s former mistress made a week after Laci disappeared.
The Peterson case sparked a renewed debate about violence against pregnant women and prompted the passage of a Congressional measure allowing federal prosecutors to punish criminals when they attack a pregnant woman and kill or injure the unborn child.
Some 32 states currently have laws that recognize the unborn child as second victim in such attacks and 20 of them protect mother and child throughout pregnancy. Peterson was convicted under California’s unborn victims law that recognizes a second victim starting at seven to eight weeks into pregnancy.