ABC NewsBY: MIKE GUDGELL, JIM VOJTECK and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — The California Supreme Court overturned the death penalty sentence for Scott Peterson, who was found guilty of murdering his pregnant wife in a highly publicized case, based on judicial error.Scott Peterson, 42, was convicted in 2004 of one count of first-degree murder for killing his wife, Laci Peterson, who was nearly 8 months pregnant at the time, and one count of second-degree murder for killing their unborn son.Laci Peterson, 27, disappeared on Christmas Eve in 2002. The bodies of Laci and her unborn son were found in San Francisco Bay in April 2003.In a written decision dated Monday, the court upheld Scott Peterson’s guilty judgment.“Peterson contends his trial was flawed for multiple reasons, beginning with the unusual amount of pretrial publicity that surrounded the case,” the court said. “We reject Peterson’s claim that he received an unfair trial as to guilt and thus affirm his convictions for murder.”But the court did note that “the trial court made a series of clear and significant errors in jury selection that, under long-standing United States Supreme Court precedent, undermined Peterson’s right to an impartial jury at the penalty phase.”The court said it was required to reverse the death sentence after determining that the trial court “erroneously dismissed” prospective jurors who said they opposed the death penalty, “even though the jurors gave no indication that their views would prevent them from following the law.”“We are grateful for the California Supreme Court’s unanimous recognition that if the state wishes to put someone to death, it must proceed to trial only with a fairly selected jury,” Cliff Gardner, Scott Peterson’s appellate attorney, said in a statement.The Stanislaus County prosecutor, Birgit Fladager, can decide to retry the penalty phase, though a decision will not likely be made until the court decides on Scott Peterson’s pending habeas petition.“[While] we are disappointed that such a biased jury selection process results in a reversal of only the death sentence, we look forward to the Court’s review of the new forensic and eyewitness evidence of innocence,” Gardner said in the statement.The Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the decision.Sharon Rocha, Laci Peterson’s mother, also declined to comment.Laci Peterson was last seen at home in Modesto, California. Scott Peterson reported his wife missing on Dec. 24, 2002. His mistress, Amber Frey, secretly worked with police to help convict him. A jury unanimously found him guilty of murdering his wife and unborn child, and a judge sentenced him to die by lethal injection. He has been on death row at the San Quentin State Prison.In a 2017 A&E documentary series, “The Murder of Laci Peterson,” Scott Peterson described the moment he heard his guilty verdict.“It was crazy, just this amazing, horrible, physical reaction I had,” he said. “I couldn’t feel my feet on the floor. I couldn’t feel the chair I was sitting in. My vision got a little blurry.”California’s last execution was in 2006, under Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Last year Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a moratorium on executions while he is in office.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
China, Hong Kong and Malaysia have all banned the soup at government functions, five hotel chains have taken it off their menus and 35 other airlines have refused to transport shark fins – Air China, being the country’s flag carrier, is a major ally to join their ranks.RELATED: Ex-NBA Star Yao Ming Saves Millions of Sharks From SlaughterPublic opinion is also shifting in favor of the ocean-dwelling creatures; on a recent survey in China 85% of respondents said they no longer ate shark fin soup. In fact, so many people have lost their appetite for shark, that the fins are as cheap as squid — essentially destroying the market for them in some parts of China.“Air China Cargo has a long standing commitment to playing our role in a more sustainable world. We were one of the first airlines in China to raise the awareness of the unsustainability of the global shark trade,” said company officials in a press release. “We understand the community’s desire to promote responsible and sustainable marine sourcing practices, and this remains important to Air China Cargo’s overall sustainable development goals.”China also just announced a complete ban on ivory, which will take full effect by the end of 2017. The ban’s deadline and details were announced at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species in October. As China is the largest market for legal and illegal ivory in the world, with as much as an estimated 70% of ivory worldwide ending up in the country, this ban on all exports and imports has the potential to save tens of thousands of elephants from poachers every year.It’s Not Hard To Sea You Should Share With Your Friends (Photo by Red Barnes, CC)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreAir China Cargo has become one of the first airlines from the Chinese mainland to ban the controversial trade of shark fin.In 2015, government data showed that shark fin imports to the nation had declined 82% over the course of just 3 years. The U.S., European Union, and India, along with close to 100 other nations from the Mideast to the Caribbean, have banned finning — the practice of catching sharks solely to harvest fins. Some of those countries, like New Zealand, were huge exporters.
Men sweep top five spotsThe men’s and women’s second groups wrapped up their seasons. Matt GreensteinNovember 10, 2014Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintThe Gophers men’s cross country team stood victorious on Friday, sweeping the top five spots at the Fall Finale.Redshirt junior Matt Jergenson led the pack, followed by redshirt freshman Matt Welch.Jergenson said the team’s success was largely due to its focus and preparation for the meet.“We were able to come into the race focused, and we were able to run as a team well,” Jergenson said.For some runners, it was their last cross country race in a Gophers uniform, and head coach Steve Plasencia said the team took that into account at the meet.“Our guys have always liked that event, and a lot of them knew it was their last race of the season, so I think they were ready to run,” Plasencia said.Jergenson also said the Gophers built chemistry while training, which helped them succeed at the meet.“We do workouts as a team, so we’re used to running as a pack and keying off of each other,” Jergenson said.Though the meet consisted of teams from Division III schools, Plasencia said it was still competitive.“It’s not Big Ten-meet level, but there were some good runners in there,” Plasencia said.The Gophers’ top runners rested in anticipation of next weekend’s NCAA Midwest regional.Even though the cross country season is done for Fall Finale runners, Welch said the team is going to start preparing for the indoor track season. “We’re going to take a couple weeks off of running, and then it’s just going to be a long, slow build up,” Welch said.Women succeed in Rocky’s RunIt was a cold and windy morning for the athletes on the Gophers women’s team as they ran at the Rocky’s Run on Saturday.Redshirt junior Rebecca Rethwisch said she was pleased with the team’s performance at the meet.“I thought it was a good way to end the season for a lot of us. I was impressed by how well people stayed engaged … since there wasn’t as much hype around this meet,” Rethwisch said.The meet was a community event held at the Les Bolstad Golf Course, and Rethwisch said it was a unique way to end the season.“It’s really strange,” she said. “It doesn’t hit you. In high school we finished our season in-state, and in college a lot of people will finish at regionals or nationals, so it’s kind of a strange way to end the season.”Like the men, this was the last meet for some women’s runners, including redshirt junior Stacey Swatek.Swatek led the Gophers at the meet, placing sixth among women. She said her experience racing at Minnesota has been a great one.“It’s definitely hard. … It’s more just being happy with the opportunities and the friends that I [have] made and the places I’ve been able to travel,” Swatek said. “It’s a really great experience.”Rethwisch said the senior-age runners knew during the race that it was their last, so they wanted to leave it all on the course.“I think it was really good to have the seniors together,” Rethwisch said. “When we were racing, we were kind of saying to each other, ‘This is it.’ That was really great to have each other for that.”
Share LocalNews DOWASCO reports full water restoration post TS Erika by: Dominica Vibes News – January 6, 2016 Sharing is caring! Share Tweet General Manager of DOWASCO, Bernard Ettinoffe (file photo)Access to potable water has been restored to every village following destruction caused to Dominica’s water supply during the passage of Tropical Strom Erika, General Manager of the Dominica Water and Sewerage Company Limited (DOWASCO), Bernard Ettinoffe has said.The impact of Tropical Storm Erika on the island’s water and sewerage system was estimated at fifty million Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$50M) as 100% of DOWASCO water systems were adversely impacted.Prior to the passage of Tropical Storm Erika, DOWASCO provided water to ninety-eight percent (98%) of the population and the completion of the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project would have brought this to about 99% water coverage throughout the island.In an interview with the Government Information Service recently, Ettinoffe explained that the Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project should have been commissioned in October 2015 but because of the storm “we had a major setback not just for Belles/Sylvania/Layou Park Water Project but throughout Dominica. All 44 water systems were tremendously affected”.Ettinoffe said he is pleased to report that almost all of those systems are now up and running and every community is again being served with potable water from DOWASCO.He added that some of the systems were replaced temporarily in order to ensure that all persons have access to clean water.Due to the fact that some of the systems are temporary DOWASCO is having issues with providing constant water supply in some communities.“We have been trying to provide water to as far as Grand Savanne, Salisbury from the Picard, Portsmouth intake. That has been going fairly ok with the exception that to fill the Salisbury tank, we have to shut off some valves in the Portsmouth area so that we can divert more water on the west coast so that everybody can receive water at some time,” he explained.Ettinoffe, who acknowledged that the temporary systems are not the best thing as customers complain from time to time, said the company tries to inform the public beforehand of the schedule interruptions by way of radio announcements.“Temporary restoration cost DOWASCO in excess of $5m and the more permanent work will cost in the region of $38m. We will be working with government and the financial institutions to see how we can bring those systems up to speed in the shortest time,” he indicated.Ettinoffe explained that because DOWASCO recognizes that the systems are very vulnerable, even to minor weather conditions, the company will do all that it can with government’s cooperation to ensure that the systems are brought to a standard that can serve the people of Dominica.He said Giraudel, one of the communities seriously affected by Tropical Storm Erika, was the last community where water supply was restored in December.“It’s a pumping system and we had to replace pipes and source the armoured cable to power the pumps down by the river. We got those just before Christmas and with the assistance of DOMLEC and the contractor, we were able to restore water to the Giraudel community,” Ettinoffe noted.The next step for DOWASCO, he said, is to source money to make the systems more permanent. 206 Views no discussions Share
4-2 Argos travel to Lee and Shorter to face Gulf South opponents (Photo by Emmele Photography) Share Match Notes: West Florida continues conference play on the road PENSACOLA, Fla. – The University of West Florida men’s soccer team is back on the road this weekend to face Lee University and Shorter University Friday and Sunday.The Argos are coming off of a split weekend where they defeated Alabama-Huntsville 4-1 and fell to Union (Tenn.) 1-0. Lee is also coming off of a split weekend where they defeated Delta State 2-0, and fell to Christian Brothers 2-1 in double overtime. Shorter remained undefeated in conference play this past weekend after defeating Delta State and Christian Brothers.West Florida moved down one spot to third in the conference after earning its first conference loss while No. 25 West Alabama took over second and Shorter remained in first place.Live Coverage:Live Stats at LeeLive Audio at LeeLive Stats & Audio at ShorterMatch Notes:9/27 at Lee, 9/29 at ShorterLeading the ConferenceThe University of West Florida soccer team has seen solid offensive production this year even after losing some key members from graduation.The Argos are tied for the conference lead in goals per game with West Alabama at 2.167 per game. West Florida is also in the top two in goals against per game with 1.33, just behind West Alabama with 1.00. The Argos are also first in shots (91), second in corners (31), and second in scoring margin (0.84).Gallet Off To Hot StartWest Florida has several players who are in the top 10 of the conference in several statistics including Dillon Gallet (Lafayette, La.) who leads the conference in shots (25) and shots per game (4.17). Gallet is also tied for fourth with eight points and tied for third with three goals.The Argonauts also have four players tied for third with two assists each in Gallet, Marteinn Urbancic, Felipe Oliveira, and Nick Salafrio.Standout KeepersIn goalie statistics, the Argos have two goalies in the top seven of the conference in every major statistical category. Those goalies are senior Steven Hermosa and freshman Frederik Bruhn.Hermosa has a 1.200 GAA (3rd), .625 save percentage (6th), and makes 0.83 saves per game (7th) so far this season, while Bruhn has a 1.000 GAA (2nd), .813 save percentage (2nd), and makes 2.17 saves per game (4th).Freshmen Paying Their DuesThe Argos have seen multiple freshmen play and make an impact this season. One of those impact players is Marteinn Urbancic who has four points through six games this year. Urbancic also had a key assist on a game winning goal against Spring Hill in overtime on Sept. 8th.Another freshman that has helped the Argos to a 4-2 season so far is Frederik Bruhn. Through three games, Bruhn has made 13 saves for a .818 save percentage and has only allowed three goals in three starts.West Florida has also seen solid play from Japhet Bitsindou (Fontenay sous bois, France) this season. Made two starts in three games for the Argos before an injury sidelined him for the past three games. Print Friendly Version