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Summary.     Click for More > PeopleSoft shareholders back Oracle bid Judge rules out new jury Laci's mother: She wanted to be a mother   Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion   PeopleSoft agreed to a sweetened buyout by rival software maker, relenting after a 18-month takeover saga Jury Recommends Death for Peterson   The jurors deliberated for 12 hours before deciding that he should die for killing his pregnant wife and unborn son
Peterson trial to move to Redwood City Peterson Moved to Redwood City Judge Delucchi chosen for Peterson trial $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial Defense objects to use GPS technology Jury selection begins in Peterson trial Peterson trial opens  Prosecutors: Within a day of reporting his pregnant wife missing, Scott lied about his extramarital affair Juror removed from Scott Peterson trial Trial delayed, while defense investigates Frey confronts Peterson in recorded calls Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected Peterson jurors shown autopsy photos  Jurors winced and glanced away as they looked at photos of Laci's badly decomposed body cast in larger-than-life images 4 die in car crash on 280 Testimony ends in Peterson trial Jury will be able consider 2nd-degree Closing arguments in Peterson trial Peterson judge removes jury's foreman Peterson convicted of murder
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  Scott Peterson, 32, was convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing his wife and of 2nd-degree in the death of the son.    Geragos told jurors that he would prove that the baby was older when he died than the prosecution said. The prosecution's most compelling evidence was the fact that the bod...
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  Peterson trial to move to Redwood City  The murder case will move to San Mateo County, after judge rejects a prosecution request to keep the case in Modesto   Peterson Moved to Redwood City  The double-murder suspect was moved from Modesto to the San Mateo County Jail. He had a new mugshot taken   Judge Delucchi chosen for Peterson trial  A retired 72-year-old judge has handled 22 death penalty trials, including one involving the slaying of former Black Panther   $51,000 for spot next to Peterson trial  San Mateo County charges $51,000 television stations seeking a spot outside the County courthouse Defense objects to use GPS technology  Mark Geragos is convincing a judge in the Peterson case that the technology is inaccurate and unreliable Laci Peterson's scent tracked to boat, pier Judge: jurors will hear wiretap evidence Jury selection begins in Peterson trial  The slow-motion process of choosing the people began when 200 potential jurors answered extensive questionnaires Two-thirds of potential jurors dismissed Girl, 14, sexually assaulted in her home Judge denies 2nd request to move trial PeopleSoft spurns Oracle bid for 4th time Jurors seated in Peterson murder trial Peterson trial opens


January 2004 ... more > Top ^
Jan.12  CFO Henley named as new chairman
Jan.13  CEO Larry Ellison marries for fourth time
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Jan.21  Arnason to preside over Peterson's trial
Jan.22  Judge Arnason Removed from Case
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February 2004 ... more > Top ^
Feb.2  Judge bans cameras, delays trial
Feb.6  Peterson's defense team ready for trial
Feb.9  Judge orders witness, jurors lists sealed
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 DOJ recommends blocking PeopleSoft bid
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Feb.26  Peterson jury will not be sequestered


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 Quarterly profit improves by 11%
Mar.30  Defense accuses retiree of lying


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Apr.15  Argument Over 'Stealth Jurors'


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May.12  Peterson trial delayed
May.14  Oracle shaves 18% off PeopleSoft bid
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June 2004 ... more > Top ^
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  Prosecutors: Within a day of reporting his pregnant wife missing, Scott lied about his extramarital affair
Jun.2 Peterson defense attacks case as flimsy Jun.7  Oracle-PeopleSoft antitrust trial begins Jun.8  Laci mother: Son-in-law raised concerns Jun.17 Prosecutors: monetary motive for murder  Juror Speaks to Laci's Brother -- On Tape Jun.21 9 takeover targets before PeopleSoft Jun.23   Juror removed from Scott Peterson trial  Justin Falconer who was spotted talking to Laci brother was removed, but the judge denied a defense request for a mistrial Jun.24 Detective admits he ignored witness Jun.28  Defense shows explanations for murder  Oracle won't call PeopleS. CEO as witness Jun.29  Prosecution gets boost from detective

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Jul.19  Defense Hammers on Cement Weights Jul.29  Judge denies requests for mistrial

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Aug.3  Jurors hear Scott ordered pornography Aug.5   Trial delayed, while defense investigates  Peterson's trial will be delayed so the defense can investigate recently discovered evidence Aug.10 Frey: she and Peterson got serious sex
Aug.12   Frey confronts Peterson in recorded calls  Scott Peterson was evasive and apologetic as he tried to answer questions from his mistress about his missing wife Aug.16  Tapes: Peterson evasive about wife Aug.17  Tapes: Peterson was aware of wiretaps Aug.18 Peterson jury dismissed for week Aug.23 Frey takes stand for cross-examination Aug.27  Teen shot to death Aug.31 Man dead in crashed Mercedes shot at  Expert: Laci's scent picked up by dog

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Sep.2 Peterson testimony turns to surveillance
Sep.7  Peterson testimony turns to tips, behavior Sep.8  Hair found in boat consistent with wife's Sep.9   Bid to block PeopleSoft takeover rejected  A federal judge Vaughn Walker rejected the government's attempt to block $7.7 billion takeover bid Dad Questioned About Scott's Fishing Sep.14  Earnings top expectations by penny  Trial testimony turns to blood and tracking Sep.15   Peterson jurors shown autopsy photos
  Jurors winced and glanced away as they looked at photos of Laci's badly decomposed body cast in larger-than-life images
Sep.17 Chemical Release in Grocery Store  Priest not guilty on 3 molestation counts  Expert: fetus expelled after her death Sep.20  Scott had own theory of wife's murder Robber who killed bank manager gets life Sep.22 Peterson Case Focuses on Baby's Body Sep.23  Detective Lists Reasons to Arrest Scott Sep.25  Larry Ellison is 10th richest in U.S.   4 die in car crash on 280   4 people were traveling to a wedding died after their car veered off Interstate and struck a tree Sep.27  Defense explains Scot suspicious behavior Sep.28  Peterson Defense Admits to More Affairs Sep.30  Defense points to detective inconstancies

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Oct.4  Tidal expert tesifies about bodies  2-alarm fire claimed man's life Oct.5 Prosecutors rested Peterson case
Oct.12  Peterson trial delayed Oct.18  Peterson defense begins case Oct.19  Scott prepared to take witness stand?  Expert: Petersons in good financial shape Oct.20  Peterson trial turns to evidence collection  Media analyst silenced by court Oct.21  Prosecutors deliver blow to defense case Oct.25 Scott's parents take witness stand Oct.26  Peterson's defense team rests Oct.27   Testimony ends in Peterson trial  Jurors were sent home with orders to return Monday for closing arguments Oct.28  8 evacuated in anticipation of tree falling Oct.29   Jury will be able consider 2nd-degree  The judge ruled the jury will be allowed to consider a lesser murder charge that would spare Scott Peterson Larry Ellison spurned in bid to buy 49ers

November 2004 ... more > Top ^
Nov.1 Oracle boosts bid for PeopleSoft
  Closing arguments in Peterson trial  Prosecutor Rick Distaso says Scott killed wife to be free to live a freewheeling bachelor's life Nov.2 Hating Scott not enough to convict Nov.3  High-rise condos going down  Jury begins deliberation in Peterson trial Nov.4  No cameras for Peterson verdict Nov.5 Peterson Jury Sequestered for Weekend Nov.6  3 businesses burned in 5-alarm fire  Peterson jurors asking to review evidence Nov.8  Jurors divided; judge denies mistrial Nov.9 Judge removes juror in Peterson case Nov.10   Peterson judge removes jury's foreman
  The judge dismissed the man in his mid-40s who has medical and law degrees. He was replaced by an alternate  PS board rejects Oracle's $9.2 billion bid Nov.12   Peterson convicted of murder
  Scott Peterson, 32, was convicted of 1st-degree murder for killing his wife and of 2nd-degree in the death of the son
 Geragos told jurors that he would prove that the baby was older when he died than the prosecution said. The prosecution's most compelling evidence was the fact that the bodies of Laci and the baby had washed ashore 4 months after she vanished. The tide shifted toward the prosecution when Peterson's former girlfriend, Amber Frey took the stand
 Screams of relief, joy as verdict was read  Local papers rush out banner after verdict Nov.17  Defense seeks new jury, different venue Nov.19   PeopleSoft shareholders back Oracle bid  The shareholders are tendering more than 60% of the company's stock in support of the $9.2 billion bid Nov.20  PS board again rejected Oracle’s bid Nov.22   Judge rules out new jury  The judge delayed the start of penalty phase, citing discovery issues between attorneys in exchanging evidence Nov.23  Court Denies Peterson Appeal Nov.27  Man on bike kills one man, injures woman Nov.30   Laci's mother: She wanted to be a mother  Laci Peterson's mother took the witness stand in the penalty phase, screaming at her former son-in-law

December 2004 ... more > Top ^
Dec.2  Tears as Wedding Photos Shown at Trial Dec.8  Jackie Peterson Begs for Son's Life Dec.13  Pleasanton Wary of PeopleSoft Deal  Peterson Jurors Request Exhibits     Oracle Buys PeopleSoft for $10.3 Billion
  PeopleSoft agreed to a sweetened buyout by rival software maker, relenting after a 18-month takeover saga
 PeopleSoft's board has approved an improved bid, worth $26.50 a share, after 5 previous offers, ranging in value from $7.7bn to $9.4bn. Oracle was winning the support of 60% PeopleSoft shareholders. Larry Ellison was initially making a $5.1bn offer in June 2003. The merged companies are second only in size to SAP in the enterprise software market
Dec.14   Jury Recommends Death for Peterson
  The jurors deliberated for 12 hours before deciding that he should die for killing his pregnant wife and unborn son.    The jury deliberated for 12 hours before reaching its recommendation. A crowd outside the court ...
Dec.16  Peterson Jurors Discuss Penalty Decision Dec.17  Peterson remains cheerful, enjoys mail Dec.26  Elderly man dies in blaze started in stove