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11/30/04

Peterson Penalty Phase Begins Today

 Should Scott Peterson get the death penalty -- or life in prison -- for murdering his pregnant wife?

Those are the choices for the jury as the penalty phase of the Peterson trial gets under way today in Redwood City, California.

After opening statements, prosecutors will call witnesses to talk about the impact Laci Peterson's death has had on their lives. Later, there will be defense testimony about why Scott Peterson's life should be spared.

Legal experts agree Peterson won't take the stand because that could jeopardize his appeals that claim he's innocent.

Yesterday, the California Supreme Court rejected a request from Scott Peterson's lawyers that a new jury be selected for the sentencing phase.

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