Saturday, March 19, 2005

Scott Peterson Conviction Reduced To “Practicing Medicine Without License”

Judge Greer: Took Laci, baby off life support

Scott Peterson contemplates the
chilling spectre of being released from
California's death row, only to recharged
as a maverick doctor

Pinellas County, Fla.—Circuit court judge, George Greer today ordered Scott Peterson to be retried for the “painless and human” deaths of his wife Laci, and their unborn child. Greer’s legal opinion reads in part:

As we see here again, one cannot allow sheer emotion, and falsified values to dictate the very clear and clinical issues regarding this case. We have a man, who under oath states that his wife and unborn child expressed, in explicit terms, their desire to be deprived of life support, which is also crudely referred to as “oxygen” in lay circles.

Convictions hare hereby dismissed, and Mr. Peterson is to stand trial for the appalling crime of practicing medicine without a license.

Laci Peterson's family expressed their "profound relief" at what they call Judge Greer's "contemplative and compassionate desire to uphold the law."

Peterson himself, however is “overtly disturbed” by his removal from death row, and has told his lawyers that a public comparison to doctors overseeing Terry Schiavo is a “dehumanizing and slanderous insult to the memory of my wife and baby.”

Other analysts believe this ruling will have "tremendous legal precedent," which could be retroactively appiled to other doctors, such as "Night Stalker," Richard Ramirez, Charles Manson and Squeaky Fromme, as well as a posthumous acquittal for Jeffery Dahmer, who illegally practiced medicine as well as ran an unlicensed bistro.

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