Scott Peterson is filing an automatic appeal to the California Supreme Court, eight years after he was sentenced to death for murdering his wife and their unborn son. Peterson was found guilty in 2004 of suffocating his wife, Laci, and then dumping her in San Francisco Bay on Christmas Eve 2002. Throughout the entire ordeal, Peterson has maintained his innocence. His death penalty lawyer, Cliff Gardner, claims that the media circus surrounding the murder trial — which he argues was more out of control than even the O.J. Simpson trial — prevented his client from receiving a fair trial. The 423-page appeal was filed Thursday.
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