We bring you WorldCom Inc. Chief Executive Bernard J. Ebbers, Robert Blake, and Scott Peterson (Nancy Grace is gloating).
A federal jury Tuesday convicted Bernard J. Ebbers of engineering a record $11 billion fraud that sent his once-highflying telecommunications company into the largest bankruptcy in U.S. history.
After eight days of deliberations, a mostly blue-collar jury of seven women and five men found Ebbers guilty on one count each of fraud and conspiracy and seven counts of filing false financial reports. Ebbers, who remains free on bond, could face as many as 85 years in prison. Sentencing was set for June 13.
A jury acquitted tough-guy actor Robert Blake of murder Wednesday in the shooting death of his wife four years ago, bringing a stunning end to a case that played out like pulp fiction. The jury also acquitted Blake of one charge of trying to get someone to kill Bonny Lee Bakley, but deadlocked on a second solicitation charge. The jury voted 11-1 in favor of acquittal and the judge dismissed the count.
A judge sent Scott Peterson to death row Wednesday for the slaying of his pregnant wife, Laci, after a turbulent court session in which his father-in-law warned him in a trembling voice: “You’re going to burn in hell for this.”
Judge Alfred A. Delucchi accepted the jury’s recommendation that Peterson be sentenced to death, calling the killing of Laci Peterson (news – web sites) and her fetus “cruel, uncaring, heartless and callous.”
Peterson, 32, was invited to make a statement. After several minutes of discussion with his attorneys, he declined.