Prosecutorial Misconduct
Professor James R. Elkins College of Law
West Virginia University|Spring|2012|



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Michael Peterson Case

Note: For students of law, the best way to explore the Michael Peterson Case is by viewing a documentary film that runs 6 hrs & 24 mins, "The Staircase" by Jean-Xavier de Lestrade. On the film, the person, and the case see, the web resources developed for use of the film in a Crime Films Documentary course: The Staircase.

On "The Staircase": "From award-winning documentary filmmaker Jean-Xavier de Lestrade comes this real-life, gripping courtroom drama that chronicles the case of author Michael Peterson, who stood trial in 2003 for the murder of his wife, Kathleen. With unprecedented access to Peterson's lawyers, his family and others involved in the proceedings, de Lestrade offers viewers an intimate look at the judiciary process and the mystery surrounding this high-profile case." ~ Netflix

True Crime Writer, Aphrodite Jones, Interview with Michael Peterson
Investigation Discovery Videos, March, 2010, 2:34 mins.

Peterson again tries to clear his name in wife's death
WRAL News video: 2:32 mins. December 2, 2011

Peterson discusses quest for new trial
WRAL News interview: 21:43 mins. December 2, 2011

Issue involving ex-SBI agent complicates Peterson hearing
WRAL News video: 2:09 mins. December 2, 2011

SBI says ex-analyst was biased
WRAL News video: 2:27 mins. December 7, 2011

DA wanted others to support ex-SBI analysts conclusions
WRAL News video: 1:59 mins. December 9, 2011

Experts pile on against analyst in Peterson case
WRAL News video: 2:13 mins. December 13, 2011

Peterson will be free on bond while awaiting retrial
WRAL News video: 2:36 mins. December 14, 2011

Mike Peterson released from jail
WRAL News video: 3:06 mins. December 15, 2011. Durham novelist and one-time mayoral candidate Mike Peterson walks out of jail for the first time in more than eight years while awaiting a new trial in his wife's death a decade ago.

Peterson attorney: There might not be new trial
WRAL News video: 3:09 mins. December 15, 2012.

Fewer bombshells expected in Mike Peterson's retrial
WRAL News video: 2:36 mins. December 16, 2011