UPDATE: Scott Peterson "Innocent" Says Lawyer After Wrongful Death Suit Dropped

Apr. 30 2009, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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The mother of Laci Peterson has dropped a wrongful death lawsuit against death row inmate Scott Peterson who was convicted of murdering his wife and their unborn child. Peterson's lawyer tells that the dismissal is only further proof of his innocence.

"It has been in discussion sometime on whether to drop this legal acton," says Pat Harris. "We were prepared to go forward. Scott is an innocent man."

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A trial was slated to start in Stanislaus County Superior Court next month. Even if the family had won a multi-million dollar settlement they may have never collected any money and Peterson would remain at San Quentin prison.

The litigation did not shed any further light on the shocking Sept 23, 2002, murder of seven months pregnant Laci. In a videotaped deposition from jail, Peterson continually insisted that he did not kill his wife and un-born son. The former fertilizer salesman continually asserted his Fifth Amendment rights to avoid self-incrimination while he was quizzed by investigators.


It is not clear if a settlement has been reached in the case – Laci's mother Sharon Rocha filed papers on April 22 to dismiss the case. Scott Peterson’s death row conviction is on appeal at California’s Supreme Court.  He still receives adoring mail from female admirers.

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