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A Tale of Two Mommies

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Tonight, every media outlet in Los Angeles will lead with the news that Robert Blake was acquitted of charges that he murdered or conspired to murder his wife, Bonnie Lee Bakely, because he feared that she would be a terrible mother to their daughter.Coincidently, Scott Peterson was sentenced to death for killing his wife and their unborn son in Northern California.

Both cases played out in a blaze of publicity and circumstantial evidence. We wonder if the manner in which each victim was portrayed to their respective juries affected each outcome: Laci Peterson was always portrayed as a saint and few will be able to forget the image of her smiling face in photographs posted on television screens during the fruitless search operation during the Xmas season of 2002. Her murder trial constantly featured her picture, clothing and video tapes. Her spirit was around that courtroom on a consistent basis.