Michael Peterson's conviction upheld on appeal
Sorry if this is posted elsewhere...But Ijust heard a quick blurb on tv (I'm local to Durham) that the conviction of Michael Peterson was upheld on appeal. More details to follow.....
more info about State Court of Appeal ruling
Sep 19, 2006 : 12:38 pm ET
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The State Court of Appeals refused Tuesday to overturn the murder conviction of novelist Michael Peterson, who was found guilty of bludgeoning his wife to death in their home in 2001.
A three-judge panel, with one judge dissenting, rejected Peterson's arguments that he did not get a fair trial because of repeated judicial mistakes.
His wife, Nortel Networks executive Kathleen Peterson, was found dead Dec. 9, 2001, at the bottom of a staircase in the couple's Durham home. Her husband, now serving a life sentence, insists that she died in an accidental fall.
His lawyer, Thomas Maher, said he would appeal Tuesday's ruling to the state Supreme Court.
In an April hearing, Maher argued that Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson erred during the trial by allowing in evidence that had no clear connection to the case and letting prosecutors make prejudicial statements in closing arguments.
In particular, Maher cited testimony regarding Peterson's bisexuality, his wife's finances, and the prosecution implication that he was to blame for the 1985 death of a friend, Elizabeth Ratliff, who also was found dead at the foot of a staircase.
The appeals ruling said the evidence was fairly admitted. The judges did find defects in a search warrant but said it had no ill effect on the defense.
Judge Jim Wynn dissented, saying three of the issues presented to the appeals court should be ruled upon only by the state Supreme Court.
Peterson's books include the 1990 Vietnam novel "A Time of War" and its 1995 sequel, "A Bitter Peace." He also was a newspaper columnist and once ran for mayor of Durham.
Last edited by booradley; 09-19-2006 at 08:44 PM.
I heard this on a newscast on CourtTV today. I was surprised that it got this far so soon. It usually takes many years before an appeal is heard. Poor Mikey - he got shot down again!
thanks for the info b -
another one that killed 2 woman, and is apealling cause he is innocent...
Maybe they are speeding things through due to his age, he is in his sixties, or maybe because it is not a death penalty case. I think the West Coast peterson's appeals will drag on forever because of the death penalty.
Michael Peterson is a real creep, I used to come across him walking his dog in his neighborhood where my child attended school. He just gave off bad vibes. Another case of thinking he is smarter and better than everyone else (especially in his case, the stupid Durham police department). He and his snotty attorney came into court acting like the whole thing was just an inconvenience. Thank goodness the jury was smart. By the way, when the jury was questioned after the verdict, they said the autopsy photos were all they needed to convict him.. No way that much trauma came from a fall. I have a fed prosecutor neighbor and he saw the photos. He said that the media sensationalized what was a very simple case. The autopsy findings just totally ruled out a fall in his opinion. JMO