Balancing Press Coverage and the Need for an Impartial Jury

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Robin Barton

On Dec. 24, 2002, Laci Peterson disappeared from her home in Modesto, California. She was 27, and eight months' pregnant with her first child. Her husband Scott immediately became the focus of the subsequent investigation.

In April 2003, the remains of a woman and fetus were found in San Francisco Bay. DNA tests later confirmed that the remains were Laci and her unborn son. The police arrested Scott and charged him with their murder.

On Nov. 12, 2004, a . . .

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