Peterson Sentencing Begins Soon

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 15, 2004
The penalty phase is like a mini trial. The prosecution and the defense have the opportunity to call witnesses, such as family members from both sides. In the Peterson case, it’s assumed the prosecution will seek the death penalty and the defense life-without-parole. Professor Michael Vitiello of McGeorge School of Law says there’s no sign Peterson’s attorney will have him take the stand to make a direct plea to the jury for mercy.    VITIELLO :11—Here Mark Geragos is holding out for a showing that he really is innocent. He has not given up any of the claims that his client is factually innocent of the underlying crime.  Vitiello says Geragos is in a difficult position because juries like to hear from those asking for leniency. On the other hand, subjecting Peterson to cross-examination by prosecutors could put him in an even less favorable light. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.