The Modesto Bee, Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Story by Garth Stapley focuses on the emotional struggles of jurors in high-profile cases, such as the one involving Scott Peterson, who was convicted of murdering his wife and unborn son, and the idea of a district attorney to introduce legislation that would provide counseling for jurors in such stressful circumstances. Stapley includes comments by Dr. Katherine Ramsland, assistant professor of forensic psychology at DeSales and an expert on serial killers, on the idea of incorporating psychological services for jury members after difficult or graphic trials. This month marks the two-year anniversary of the jury's death sentence. Peterson remains on death row at San Quentin Prison, awaiting appeals. A book by jurors is due out in Jan. Jury members talk about images they can't erase. According to Ramsland, the district attorney's idea makes perfect sense because many people are not equipped to process what they've been exposed to and are not given a way to do so.
Press Release: DA's idea takes cue from struggle of Peterson jurors | Posted on: 12/6/2006
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