Breaking News: Novelist Michael Peterson Gets a New Trial

Breaking News: Novelist Michael Peterson Gets a New Trial

  I posted on Forbes today about the possibility of Michael Peterson getting a new trial. Ten years ago this month, New York Times bestselling novelistMichael Peterson murdered his wife Kathleen in the stairway of their home in Durham, North Carolina. He claimed...
Sweet Sixteen the Magic Number in the Casey Anthony Trial

Sweet Sixteen the Magic Number in the Casey Anthony Trial

Right now, sixteen people have passed through Judge Belvin Perry’s scrutiny and may possibly be jurors at the trial.  Twelve additional people are up for screening this morning.  Perry’s plan is to swear in a jury of twelve with four alternates...
Forensic Screw-ups to Thwart Justice?

Forensic Screw-ups to Thwart Justice?

Thanks to screw-ups at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, Michael Peterson may get another opportunity to get away with murder.  Peterson is currently serving life without parole after the 2003 conviction for the murder of his wife Kathleen.  Duane...

Thanksgiving and Grief

When Liz Ratliff was murdered by Michael Peterson on November 25, 1986, she wasn’t the first person whose death cast a pall over holiday celebrations.  But for Liz’s sisters, Margaret and Rosemary, that date was already filled with sorrow.  On that date,...
Owls and Apologies: More Nowak and Peterson

Owls and Apologies: More Nowak and Peterson

On Friday, a judge in Orlando ended former astronaut Lisa Nowak’s one year probation, three months early.  He called her a “model probationer” and said she’d fulfilled all the conditions of her probationary period.  Along with community...