Scott Peterson Legal Analyst Gagged
Bump and Update: Lawyer and legal commentator Michael Cardoza has been ordered "gagged" by the judge in the Scott Peterson trial. Cardoza prepped Scott Peterson for a potential cross-examination last week and announced it to the media--the Judge says his involvement at the request of Mark Geragos created an attorney-client relationship. Of course it did. What was Cardoza thinking? Will he now become an offical member of the team? Will he trade his paid consulting gig for an unpaid defense consulting one?
Cardoza has sat through most if not all of the four month trial. For naught, it now turns out. He won't be able to comment on critical parts--closings, deliberation and verdict.
Original Post: 10/19 11 am
The defense began presenting its case in the Scott Peterson trial yesterday. The bigger news seems to be that Michael Cardoza, a former prosecutor who has been providing legal commentary on the case--and who has been highly critical of the prosecution's case--told the media that he met with Scott Peterson twice this past week, at the request of Mark Geragos to help the defense decide whether Scott should testify. He said he met Peterson for a few hours last week and then on Sunday, conducted a mock cross-examination of Peterson for Geragos.
So, here are the issues. Does the gag order imposed on all counsel and investigators and others involved in the case now apply to Cardoza? Did he just bench himself from commenting further?
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