Guilty, Not Guilty, and The Death Penalty

March 16th, 2005 // 3 Comments

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.

By Miu von Furstenberg

  1. The fact that Scott Peterson had two conflicting stories about where he was during his wife’s absence, his cold snaky looks, and the affair with..*shudder*…Amber Frye all lead me to believe he was guilty. Still, however, the money spent on the death penalty is ridiculous- AND who are we to say that because someone ‘threw someone away like garbage’ is an excuse to do the same? It all makes one very uneasy. I just hope the family and friends can get past it…I can’t even imagine….

  2. ger

    So, if you’re not famous, and accused of a crime that involves a fetus, and there are mountains of circumstantial evidence against you, you’re guilty and deserve to die.

    But if you’re famous, and accused of a crime that involves a 4 year old child (with a cute-ish name – is Rosie cute?), and there are mountains of circumstantial evidence against you, you’re innocent, and are likely to inflict Barettta MOW’s on North America for the next few years.

    Ah justice. Sweet, sweet justice.

  3. Rod

    Unfortunately, we Americans are too ga-ga over celebs to convict most of any brutal crimes. Robert Blake, OJ, R Kelly …even though the evidence against MJ appears strong, he can probably plan a victory party. Just not a comeback tour.

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