Unit 7 Crime Conversations: Crime Conversations: Scott Peterson vs The Casey Anthony Trial

Posted by Stacey Leitz on 11/29/2016 12:00:00 PM

Crime Conversations: Compare/Contrast The Scott Peterson Case and The Casey Anthony Trial

The Scott Peterson Case Background Scott Peterson was convicted for the murder of his wife, Laci, and their unborn child.  Laci's dismembered body was found in San Francisco bay months after she went missing.  Because the body was so badly decomposed, a time and cause of death could not be determined by the medical examiner.  The State was able to make their case based on circumstantial evidence and Peterson is on death row.  You can read more about the Peterson case at Murderpedia.org or view the video here: A Deadly Game: The Untold Story of Scott Peterson

The Casey Anthony Trial Background  The badly decomposed remains of Caylee Anthony, daughter of Casey Anthony, were found in 2008.  Over two years later Casey was acquitted of murdering her daughter.  You can read an overview of the Casey Anthony case at Wikipedia.  Many people questioned how Anthony was acquitted.  After the trial was complete, ABC Nightline interviewed juror number 3.  


Consider any of  the following questions:

  • Do you think the graphic state of Laci's body affected the juror's decision?  

  • Do you think the graphic portrayal of crimes (fiction and nonfiction) in the media has changed the way we view graphic violence?

  • Did the jury reach the correct decision in your opinion?

  • Why didn't the lack of cause and time of death cause a problem for the prosecution?

  • Do you think gender played any role in the juror's mind?  In other words, if Laci had been the accused, would it have gone a different way?

  • How does the Casey Anthony case compare to the Scott Peterson case?

  • Why do you think these two cases had opposite outcomes?

  • Why do you think the evidence was not enough to convict Anthony in this case?

  • Post your initial thoughts to the Week 7 Crime Conversations Discussion.



You will earn up to 10 points for your participation in the discussion and will be assessed using the discussion rubric: General Requirements for Discussions.

  • Post your thoughts on the questions posed about the case and submit them by the due date. 10 points