July 31, 2014
The judge in Scott Peterson’s murder trial removed one of the 12 jurors Wednesday and denied a defense motion for a mistrial.
“You’re not to listen to, watch or read any media reports of this trial,” Judge Alfred A. Delucchi admonished the panel before selecting an alternate to take the juror’s place.
Peterson’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, demanded a mistrial.
“I’ve got a client who is on trial for his life,” he said. “I think it’s an outrage what is going on in this case.”
Delucchi denied his mistrial request.
It wasn’t immediately clear why the juror had been dismissed, though according to a transcript of a closed-door meeting with judge, Juror No. 5 admitted to discussing the media coverage of the case with his girlfriend.
Outside court, the ousted juror identified himself as Justin Falconer, 28, an airport screener.