Peterson Insiders Stand to Make Money on Book Deals

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, November 18, 2004
Shortly after Scott Peterson was found guilty of killing his pregnant wife, Laci, late night talk show host Jay Leno joked about people who will try to cash-in on case.  LENO :08 --The jury in the Peterson case in now in what they call the sentencing phase. This is then followed by the ‘talk show’ phase and the ‘book deal’ phase, which comes later.   Publishers say the money involved is nothing to laugh at; some insiders could make tens of thousands of dollars for their story. A book written by Peterson himself would be the most marketable – but he wouldn’t see any proceeds. Professor Michael Vitiello of the McGeorge School of Law says state’s so called “Son of Sam” law prevents murderers from profiting from their crimes for at least ten years.  VITIELLO :07—Peterson would not be entitled to the proceeds of any book deals that he might make. In fact the victim’s family would be entitled to have that money.  Laci Peterson’s family has already filed a civil suit seeking any money that Scott Peterson receives as a result of this case.  Bob Hensley KXJZ News.