Latest In Scott Peterson Case: “Crushing Boredom”

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Human beings aren’t built to withstand the crushing boredom of the Peterson double-murder trial, says San Francisco Chronicle columnist Peter Hartlaub. “The breathless excitement of the reporters covering the case on television belies the actual experience of spending five or six hours in the Redwood City courthouse,” Hartlaub writes. “For every big headline that emerges from the case, there are thousands of meaningless facts, hundreds of stories that have no point and dozens of lengthy conversations — mostly about women’s pants.”

When Judge Alfred Delucchi banned cameras from court, says Hartlaub, an unfortunate result was the perpetuation of the myth that real trials are just like an episode of “Ally McBeal.” Hartlaub credits or blames defense attorney Mark Geragos for timing his actions “for the news vans parked outside.” A disputed line of questioning this week about concrete dust “probably lasted less than two minutes,” Hartlaub says, but “in TV land, where the scene was described over and over, viewers must have assumed that the whole day was nonstop action.”


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