Jewish World Review Dec. 17, 2004 / 5 Teves 5765

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The Peterson case and satanic cults | If you go to Peterson attorney Mark Geragos' web site, in addition to a request for donations to help find the real killers you'll find a prominently displayed link to a recent article about how Laci Peterson was likely abducted by a satanic cult. The evidence? Witness sightings of satanic symbols which were reported in the neighborhood on a van, a tatoo, etc.

We reported on all of these theories throughout the search for Laci's kidnapper and killer. I evaluated them as seriously as any other possible evidence in the case. The problem is the defense did not call a single witness to support the theory. No mention of it in the opening or closing — nothing. The article is purely based on unsupported theories, maybes and might haves.

If the people who still believe Scott Peterson is actually innocent — and I am not talking about those who believe there was not enough evidence. But if the 'Scott is innocent crowd' want to change any minds they are going to have to do better than just recycling long-shot arguments so tenuous that the defense could not provide any evidence to back them up in court.

For example, when I challenged the verdict in the O.J. Simpson case, I cited evidence — reams of it to try to support my case. Now that the jury has convicted Peterson, supporters are going to have to do the same.

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JWR contributor Dan Abrams anchors “The Abrams Report,” Monday through Friday from 9-10 p.m. ET on MSNBC TV. He also covers legal stories for “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” “Today” and “Dateline NBC.” To visit his website, click here. Comment by clicking here.



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