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Delay May Aid Defense

Analyst: Delay in Peterson sentencing phase may aid defense

One legal analyst says a delay in the start of the penalty phase in the Scott Peterson murder trial may only help the defense.

Peterson was convicted more than a week ago of killing his pregnant wife Laci. He's facing either a death sentence or life in prison without parole. The second part of the trial was supposed to start yesterday, but the judge delayed matters until November 30th to give both sides time to exchange evidence. Legal analyst Jim Hammer says the wait could benefit Peterson. He says it gives more time for the jury to make some kind of error that could be used to overturn the case on appeal.

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