While Scott Peterson sits in jail charged with murder, his defense team keeps busy spinning one tired “cult” theory after another.
In the midst of what looks like a “Satanic panic” the alleged murderer’s lawyers are still churning out one cult claim after another in an apparent attempt to shift attention away from their client.
Despite a court gag order the defense team keeps leaking.
The latest leak is that paintings by an obscure San Francisco Bay area art club somehow represent evidence of a “Satanic cult” connected to the murder.
One of the artists scoffed at the idea. “That’s utterly ridiculous. That’s reaching for straws,” reported the Oakland Tribune.
The art club called “The Bulb” has no connection to Satanism and represents little more than a hobby for a few Bay area residents.
But because the artists painted violent scenes that included a devil figure and a baby near where Laci Peterson’s body was found, it is somehow proof of a malevolent cult murder.
Peterson’s lawyers appear willing to grab at anything and then force a parallel upon it to posit a new theory as a defense for their client.
However, as usual, the defense team offers no meaningful details outside of wild speculation.
What is the name of this alleged “satanic cult” that murdered Laci Peterson?
Who is its leader?
What documented history exists within public records or police files about a violent San Francisco cult that supposedly murders pregnant women for ritual sacrifice?
The Peterson defense team appears mute on these points and unable to provide any meaningful facts.
Like alleged “satanic cult victims” at the height of what was once called the “Satanic Panic” during the late 1980s and early 1990s, Peterson’s lawyers spin tall tales without substance.
Investigations by law enforcement, experts and officials have proven repeatedly that such fantastic claims regarding Satanism were false more than a decade ago.
The Peterson defense increasingly sounds like the plot for some horror movie.
But unlike film producers hoping for good reviews and box office, criminal defense lawyers should draw upon more than urban myths, superstition and fear to free a client.
After all, Peterson’s audience will be a jury and his lawyer’s ultimate critic the judge.
The prosecution must meet its own burden of proof in the Peterson case, but the defense will probably need more than groundless theories without substance to win an acquittal.